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On May 1, the Russian Ministry of Defense released an image of Sergei Ivanovich, the first cat deployed in the Russian navy’s combat mission in Syria, according to RBTH.

On May 1, the Russian Ministry of Defense released an image of Sergei Ivanovich, the first cat deployed in the Russian navy’s combat mission in Syria, according to RBTH.

'Cat officers' on the Russian warship fleet

Sergei Ivanovich served on the heavy cruiser Moskva, along with officers and sailors operating in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Syria.

Sergei Ivanovich served on the heavy cruiser Moskva, along with officers and sailors operating in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Syria.

'Cat officers' on the Russian warship fleet

Cats have been brought on Russian warships and civilian ships for hundreds of years.

Cats have been brought on Russian warships and civilian ships for hundreds of years.

'Cat officers' on the Russian warship fleet

The most famous of today’s `cat officers` is Botsman, the black cat serving on the nuclear cruiser Kirov.

There are two separate crews on board.

The most famous of today’s `cat officers` is Botsman, the black cat serving on the nuclear cruiser Kirov.

There are two separate crews on board.

'Cat officers' on the Russian warship fleet

Under Botsman are dozens of cats of all kinds, each occupying a separate area on the ship.

Under Botsman are dozens of cats of all kinds, each occupying a separate area on the ship.

'Cat officers' on the Russian warship fleet

Meanwhile, the sailors on the destroyer Marshal Ustinov complained that the cat on their ship was very lazy, despite the discipline set by the commanders.

Meanwhile, the sailors on the destroyer Marshal Ustinov complained that the cat on their ship was very lazy, despite the discipline set by the commanders.

'Cat officers' on the Russian warship fleet

The number of cats is often limited by the size of the warship.

The number of cats is often limited by the size of the warship.

'Cat officers' on the Russian warship fleet

Cats are not only present on surface ships, they also appear under submarines.

Some officers claim that cats are better at detecting smoke and gas leaks than any sensor on a submarine.

Cats are not only present on surface ships, they also appear under submarines.

Some officers claim that cats are better at detecting smoke and gas leaks than any sensor on a submarine.

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