An anti-aircraft defense missile system on the Moskva cruiser in the Mediterranean. AFP / Max DELANY
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Captain Alexander Shvarts looked on as the iron covers whirred open on the air defense system aboard the Russian navy's Moskva missile cruiser off the Syrian coast.After a Turkish F-16 fighter blasted a Russian jet out of the sky along the Syrian border it was ordered closer to shore to help ward off any future attacks on Russian planes bombing across Syria.Russia has bolstered its bombing campaign in Syria from the water- firing cruise missiles from a submarine in the Mediterranean earlier this month and from warships in the Caspian Sea far to the east.During the press tour for some few dozen journalists from Russia, Syria and international outlets – the first of its kind to a ship involved in the Syria operation – the military proudly showed off the bristling array of hardware on board.
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