According to information released by the Russian Defense Ministry on November 13, 2021, a detachment of ships from the Black Sea Fleet consisting of the frigate Admiral Grigorovich, the patrol vessel Dmitry Rogachev and the rescue tug SB-742 arrived at the port. of Algeria to participate in the joint international exercise of naval maneuvers 2021 with the ships of the Navy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.
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Patrol ship Dmitry Rogachev (Image source: Russian Defense Ministry)
The exercise will last until November 20. During the shore phase, the crews of Russian and Algerian ships will conduct communication exercises, briefings on joint action episodes, train inspection teams, organize a damage control demonstration exercise and a conference of pre-trip before the naval phase of the exercise.
The purpose of the exercise is to practice joint actions of the navies of the two countries, to strengthen security in the region. The main objectives of the exercise were the development of Russian-Algerian military cooperation, the exchange of experiences between the fleets in the execution of specific tasks, the planning and coordination of joint naval training activities.
In accordance with the protocol agreed by the parties, the exercise is led by a representative of the Algerian navy – the commander of the central region of the Algerian navy, Rear Admiral Qaid Nordin. Rear Admiral Viktor Kochemazov, Commander of the Novorossiysk Naval Base of the Black Sea Fleet, has been appointed to lead the exercise on the Russian side.
From the Algerian navy, participating in the exercise: the frigate Erradi with a helicopter on board, the training ship La Summam, the rescue ship al-Munjid, a patrol plane and a search and rescue helicopter.
The Erradi is a MEKO A-200AN frigate built for the Algerian Navy by Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, which was launched on December 5, 2014. The ship has a length of 118 m (387 ft), a beam of 14.8 m (49 ft) and a draft of 4.3 m (14 ft). It can reach a top speed of 32 knots (59 km / h) and carry a crew of 220 sailors.
The MEKO 200 is a frigate designed by the German shipyard Blohm + Voss, part of the MEKO family of warships.