MOSCOW: (APP) Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that jets from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier deployed in the eastern Mediterranean had launched their first strikes on Syria .
"For the first time in our naval history, the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov started taking part in combat," Shoigu said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea city of Sochi, according to televised footage.
"Today from this carrier, our Sukhoi-33 (bombers) began their operations", he said.
Russia has been carrying out a bombing campaign in Syria for the past year in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad and deployed a naval contingent to back up its operation.
The biggest naval deployment of recent years saw the flotilla sail from Russia's Arctic waters down through the North Sea and along the Channel.