The Russian frigate Pitliviy begins conducting operations with NATO forces in the Mediterranean on Friday as the nation prepares to take part in Operation Active Endeavour, the alliance’s seaborne anti-terrorism mission.

Pitliviy, according to a NATO news release, will conduct mission-oriented training with NATO forces until June 4.

Russian crewmembers already had completed an initial training period aboard the guided missile cruiser Moskva.

This training period, according to the release, will include testing systems capability, familiarization with NATO standard operating procedures, and the handling of classified information.

Pitliviy begins its deployment by picking up a team of trainers from Maritime Component Command, Naples, at the Italian Navy base in La Spezia on Friday. It will make a stop near Naples for a visit with the maritime command headquarters staff Saturday and, then join with the British frigate HMS Nottingham for further training in the Mediterranean.

During this training, Pitliviy will made a port visit to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete.

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