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Russia to Build New Home Base for Caspian Flotilla

A Russian Zubr-class landing craft taking part in exercises near Kaspiysk, where Russia is planning to build a new home base for its Caspian Flotilla. (photo: mil.ru)

Russia is planning to create a new home base for its Caspian Flotilla, moving it from Astrakhan to Dagestan by 2020. The new base will be one of Russia's most technically advanced naval facilities, Ministry of Defense officials have said.

The new base will be in Kaspiysk, in Dagestan, where a small marine detachment is now located, unnamed MoD sources told the newspaper Izvestiya. Izvestiya said the new facility will be "more advanced than those for the Northern, Baltic, or Black Sea Fleets." (Though not, apparently, the Pacific Fleet, Russia's other major naval division, which is also getting an upgrade.)

The construction will entail improving the harbor, building new docks as well as barracks, ammunition storage facilities, and officers' housing. 

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