Based in Severomorsk in the Barents Sea in the Arctic, the carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and seven other vessels were photographed on Monday in international waters off Norway, Major Elisabeth Eikeland, spokeswoman of the National Joint Headquarters in the Norwegian army, told AFP. "We have been informed that they are en route to the Mediterranean," Eikeland said. "It's not every day that so many ships sail together off Norway," she said.
A fleet of Russian warships sailing off the coast of Norway were spotted by the Norwegian military Monday and are reportedly heading toward Syria, according to newly released photographs. The eight vessels photographed by Norwegian surveillance aircraft included its flagship aircraft carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov and the Pyotr Velikiy battle cruiser, Reuters reported Tuesday.