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Last modified: 04 Feb 2012, submitted by: Joker
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Country: Syria   

Latitude: 34° 54' 45" N     Longitude: 35° 52' 6" E

Area use / Military Branches: Russian naval 720 LogSuppt Point.

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Tartus hosts a Soviet-era naval supply/maintenance base, under a 1971 agreement with Syria, which is still manned up by Russian naval personnel. The base (the northern part of Tartus harbour) was established during the Cold War supporting the Soviet Navy's fleet in the Mediterranean. During the 1970s, similar support points were located in Egypt and Latakia, Syria.
In 1977, the Egyptian bases were abandoned and relocated to Tartus, where the naval support base was transformed into 229 Naval-Estuary Vessel Support Div. later upgraded as 720 Logistics Support Point.

This naval logistics support base is now part of the Black Sea fleet and consists of 3 floating docks of which 1 operational, a floating workshop, storage facilities, barracks and other facilities. Syrias president Assad agreed to the portís conversion into a permanent base for Russiaís nuclear-armed warships.

Since 2009, Russia has been renovating Tartus navalbase and dredging the port to allow access for larger naval vessels. Currently the base is fully operational to support naval "anti-piracy" ops. and also supports Russian naval presence in the Mediterranean as a base for guided-missile cruisers and eventually an aircraft carrier.

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