The most powerful naval taskforce in Russia's history set off for the shores of Syria from the port city of Severomorsk on October 15, 2016.
The Pyotr Velikiy battlecruiser along with the Severomorsk and the Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine warfare destroyers and a number of support vessels were already a force to be reckoned with, but it was the addition of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier that turned them into a super-squadron.
The ships were carrying enough supplies, fuel and water to last them during the entire deployment.
The taskforce can operate autonomously for at least 45 days. After crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, the Admiral Kuznetsov was resupplied by Dubna oiler. On the 15th day of the mission, the carrier continued its journey to the east. The ship's aircraft wing would fly its first combat sorties in ten days.