|"Zelenyy Dol" and "Kovrovets" returning to Sevastopol -- February 12, 2016|
"Zelenyy Dol" and its sister ship "Serpukhov" arrived in the Black Sea in late July 2015 for sea trials, were handed over to the Ministry of Defense in November, and were commissioned in December. At no time during the sea trials did defense officials announce that "Zelenyy Dol" or "Serpukhov" had fired either the SS-N-27 anti-ship cruise missile or the SS-N-30 land-attack cruise missile. Thus, both ships joined the Russian Navy on a provisional basis. The Syrian crisis now affords Moscow the opportunity to test fire the SS-N-30 from "Zelenyy Dol" and possibly "Serpukhov" in the near future.
|Admiral Aleksandr Vitko on board "Zelenyy Dol" -- January 2016|
|Area closure for Russian Navy exercise -- February 8-11, 2016|