The Russian Navy is proud of its cats. Although Russia and the West have many differences, one thing that unites the two is a feline obsession.
The latest achievement by a four-legged friend has been proudly sent out by the social media accounts of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
A ginger cat, pictured, was reportedly the first to travel on a long range voyage of Russian naval vessels to the Syrian coast.
Первый кот, участвовавший в дальнем походе боевых кораблей ВМФ России к берегам Сирии pic.twitter.com/36VLTKJ9rK— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) May 1, 2017
This cat has a more perilous job than the moggies the British have in Westminster, who chiefly meet foreign ambassadors and catch mice.
Cats have had a place on board Russian ships for many years, and now appear to serve the purpose of making their military operations look more cute and cuddly.
A 2015 article in Russian media claims that cats on ships serve an important purpose - their purring helps soothe humans on the ships.
They also, of course, kill rats.