Russian airspace control systems have registered missile
launches from a French frigate in the Mediterranean on Monday, the
Russian Defense Ministry reported.
The French Navy’s newest frigate, FS Auvergne, fired rockets around 8pm GMT Monday, the Russian military said. “Airspace control has recorded rocket launches from the French frigate Auvergne,” the ministry’s statement read. The Auvergne is deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria.
Auvergne is a 'European multi-purpose frigate' (FREMM) which entered
the service of the French Navy in February this year. Prior to its
official commissioning, the Aquitaine class warship witnessed deployment
across the globe, including the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean,
the Persian Gulf, the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
The launch was detected around the same time as air traffic controllers at the Khmeimim Air Base “lost contact”
with a military Il-20 aircraft during an attack of Israeli F-16
fighters on Latakia. Fourteen people were on board the plane at the time
of the disappearance. A search and rescue mission is underway...
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