The ‘Admiral Essen’ returns to Crimea after successful mission in Deir ez-Zor
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Russian Black Sea Fleet frigate the ‘Admiral Essen’, returned home to Sevastopol on Friday, having fulfilled combat missions in the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Deir ez-Zor. On September 5, the warship fired Kalibr cruise missiles at IS positions in the Deir ez-Zor area. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the strikes allowed Syrian government forces to conduct a rapid manoeuvre breaking a three-year blockade of the city.