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Text of report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS
Astrakhan, 1 September: From 1 September, the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla are to be subordinated directly to the commander of the North Caucasus Military District (NCMD). At the same time, the fleet and the flotilla will keep their historical names, an ITAR-TASS correspondent was told today at the NCMD staff. The information has also been confirmed by the staffs of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla.
"In line with the general guidelines for military organizational development and the move to the new-look Russian Armed Forces, from 1 September the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla are …