Russian Navy SAR ship hit by Harpoon missile, destroyed UPDATE confirmed
Jun 17 1530 UTC: A number of Russian media outlets confirm VASILIY BEKH was hit, destroyed, sank, referring to Navy insiders. Awaiting further updates.
Jun 17 1220 UTC UPDATE: Ukrainian Military Command South (YUG) updated strike info – according to Command Statement, the ship’s on fire if still afloat, 70% of people on board “disabled” (died?), fate of the rest unknown. Again, there’s no outside confirmation so far. Russia won’t confirm the strike in any case – if the ship wasn’t hit, Russia will declare it all “fake news”; if the ship was indeed, hit and is on fire, Russia will hold on info for as long as possible, making up its’ own story.
Russian Black sea Navy SAR ship SPASATEL VASILIY BEKH was hit by anti-ship missile Harpoon on Jun 16 or 17, according to Ukrainian Navy Command report. At the time of the strike, the ship was transporting munitions and troops to Snake Island, Black sea. No confirmation or denunciation from Russia, no information on damages and present status/condition of the ship. Awaiting updates. Ukrainian Navy began to receive US anti-ship missiles Harpoon only recently.
Last ship’s AIS positions dated middle March.
Russian Black sea Navy SAR ship SPASATEL VASILIY BEKH (SB-739), MMSI 273542830, displacement 1670, commissioned 2017, salvage equipment, armament TOR missile system (surface-to-air missile system), complement 26.
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Replying to comments in FB: Yes, they did fit TOR system after cruiser Moscow disaster, no big deal. It's not a tug boat you - Daniel Anderson and Orly Aguilar - believe tug is, it's not a port tug, it's a SAR ship, modern and huge. Why do you comment on something you know little or nothing about? To Oloye Oloye Oloye - for biased people, everything against their beliefs is fake news, reality just doesn't matter.