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    Default Watching Russian Air & Sea Activity

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    I have changed the thread title from 'Russian Fleet Movements' to 'Watching Russian Air & Sea Activity' to reflect the posts here referring to both air and naval activity. Note one theme is the apparent testing of NATO alertness (ends).


    These completely, totally unrelated events deserve their own little thread.

    September 3rd.

    A Russian Navy task force is en route to the eastern Arctic, according to a report from RIA Novosti. The deployment is said to be part of the Russian government’s Arctic policy, which is designed “to uphold Russia’s status as a leading Arctic power, strengthen its security … and ensure national interests.” Led by the heavy nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, the task force, which includes the large amphibious assault ships Olenegorsky Gornyak and Kondopoga and a variety of support vessels, has left the Severomorsk base and entered the Barents Sea, RIA Novosti reports. The squadron will carry out various training missions in the vicinity of the Novossibirsk Islands. The deployment is said to be the Russian Navy’s second large-scale exercise in the Northern Sea Route in the past two years.
    http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2013/...astern-arctic/


    Not a single Canadian search-and-rescue aircraft is based in the Arctic. Helicopters and 45-year-old Hercules planes are deployed from Canada’s more southerly regions. An attempt to procure replacement planes began in 2002, but again, no construction contract has been signed.

    Russia has 16 deep-water ports in the Arctic. Canada’s sole Arctic port is at Churchill, Man., nearly 2,000 kilometres south of the Northwest Passage. A plan to transform a disused wharf on Baffin Island into an all-year naval base, announced in 2007, has been delayed and curtailed.

    The combination of melting ice and Russian state investment has led to a recent tenfold increase in shipping along the Northern Sea Route, with more than 40 large ships – mostly bulk carriers and oil tankers – sailing through last year.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/comme...ticle13696054/

    September 4.

    The Nastoichivy destroyer of the Russian Baltic Fleet and the Smetlivy escort ship of the Black Sea Fleet will join the Russian naval unit in the Mediterranean within the next few days, a Russian Navy Main Staff source told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

    "The Smetlivy escort ship will start its combat mission in the Mediterranean according to the operational command\'s plans within the next few days. There are plans that the Nastoichivy destroyer, the Baltic Fleet flagship, should join our ships as well," the source said.

    The Smetlivy has a water displacement of 4,460 tonnes and is armed with the Kh-35 Uran anti-ship missiles, the AK-726 artillery system, the Volna anti-aircraft missile system (16 missiles), a 533-mm torpedo launcher (5 torpedoes), and two RBU-100 launchers.

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry information, the Neustrashimy escort vessel and the Alexander Shabalin, Admiral Nevelskoi, and Peresvet landing ships are currently performing their missions in line with the operational headquarters' plans.

    The Novocherkassk and Minsk landing ships belonging to Russia's Black Sea Fleet and Baltic Fleet should join the group on September 5-6. The SSV-21 Priazovye medium reconnaissance vessel, which left the port of Sevastopol on September 1, is performing a special General Staff mission.
    http://rbth.ru/news/2013/09/04/two_m...nit_29492.html

    Which is linked to -

    May 15, 2013 Inna Soboleva, RBTH
    Plans to reestablish a military presence in the Mediterranean aim to stabilize the military and political stability in the region.
    http://rbth.ru/international/2013/05...nce_25999.html


    And the best part -

    “At the end of the year, most likely in early December, the Project 11435 heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser the Admiral Kuznetsov will set off on a long-distance sea voyage during which it will call at the Russian Federation Navy's logistical support centre located in the Syrian city of Tartus,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement,
    http://thediplomat.com/the-editor/20...an-naval-base/
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    On Monday, Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev said Russia is planning to build a string of new naval bases in the Arctic. The bases are intended to be “key double-purpose sites” for warships “in remote areas of the Arctic Seas.” There’s no word on what those double purposes might be. Russia’s plans to create a “combined-arms force” for the Arctic is also still on track, according to Moscow-based news wire RIA Novosti.
    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/arctic/
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    Yesterday I spotted, but did not note a report that the Russian navy aircraft cruiser, Moskva, would deploy to the Mediterranean, along with two amphibious ships. The Moskva was already in the Atlantic. One suggestion was that the ships were suitable for a national evacuation operation (NEO). I cannot quickly find that report.

    So a few days ago:
    Russia has four warships in the eastern Mediterranean that for now are keeping "a respectful distance" from the five US Navy destroyers there, Dempsey revealed.
    Link:http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...strikes-senate

    Russian news agencies on Thursday quoted Sergei Ivanov as saying that Russia has been boosting its naval presence in the Mediterranean "primarily" in order to organize a possible evacuation of Russians from Syria.
    Link:http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...a-g20-showdown
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    Default Eastern Mediterranean cruising

    From the Russian press agency Interfax:
    Large amphibious ships (BDK), Baltic and Black Sea fleets "Novocherkassk" and "Minsk" with intelligence ship "Azov", breaking the Dardanelles came out into the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and headed for the Eastern Mediterranean, "Interfax" on Friday the Main Staff of the Navy.

    According to him, landing craft began to move to designated areas of the Eastern Mediterranean, where they will perform the tasks of the operational plans of the Navy command in the group. Average intelligence ship will operate on a separate plan of the General Staff.
    Link:www.interfax.ru/world/news.asp?id=327458
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    list of Russians ships in the Med or almost there (near as we can tell, from OSINT sources)

    http://grognews.blogspot.com/2013/09...-presence.html
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    Interfax reported that another landing ship had left the Black Sea port of Sevastopol on Friday morning and was to pick up a "special cargo" in Novorossiysk before sailing toward the eastern Mediterranean. The state RIA Novosti news agency also said that the landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov would be headed toward Syria after picking up cargo in Novorossiysk, which it said would take several days.
    http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/DA8KT3I00

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    Quote Originally Posted by BayonetBrant View Post
    list of Russians ships in the Med or almost there (near as we can tell, from OSINT sources)

    http://grognews.blogspot.com/2013/09...-presence.html
    Still have your boxed copy of HARPOON, or are you going digital for this OOB?

    Random funfact:

    Russia in January held its biggest naval maneuvers in the Mediterranean in more than two decades, followed by its largest-ever naval exercises with China in the Sea of Japan in July. In March, Putin ordered unplanned exercises in the Black Sea involving 36 warships and almost 7,000 personnel.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...ia-strike.html
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    Still have your boxed copy of HARPOON, or are you going digital for this OOB?
    Wow, you certainly stepped into the wayback machine on that one!

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    Have the two USN vessels deployed into the Black Sea, ostensibly for contingencies related to the Winter Olympics, actually left?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    Have the two USN vessels deployed into the Black Sea, ostensibly for contingencies related to the Winter Olympics, actually left?
    Dunno, that's a Blue Counter. I was only tracking Red Counters in this thread.



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    Construction on new facilities to accommodate the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet’s incoming Mistral-class helicopter carriers began in Vladivostok recently, according to the Russian publication RIA Novosti.

    A Defence Ministry spokesman said that the the Uliss Bay naval base’s quay will be extended to 2,700 metres to accommodate the Mistrals, the ammunition loading area will be modernized, road and rail access to the base will be upgraded, and all electricity and communications systems will be replaced by October 2015, according to the report.

    The first French-made Mistral, Vladivostok, is scheduled to be delivered to the Russian Navy in November this year, though the Pacific Fleet will not host the carriers before 2018, after acceptance trials are held.
    http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2014/...l-class-ships/
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    NOVOOZERNOE, Ukraine (Reuters) - Lashed by the wind as it whips across Crimea's biggest lake, a third of Ukraine's warships have nowhere to go and nothing to do but rise and fall on its choppy waves.

    Russian forces have blocked their only exit point to the Black Sea by sinking two ageing vessels there, and Russia's well-armed Moskva missile cruiser can be seen treading water a short distance off the coast, with menace.

    With six more of Ukraine's two dozen warships similarly blockaded and Russian forces building up their strength ahead of a referendum that seems likely to result in Crimea becoming part of Russia, Ukraine is facing the humiliating loss of its navy.
    http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-facing...173539149.html
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    Default Help! There's a (Russian) sub out there

    The British government acknowledged today that a submarine periscope had been sighted in waters near a main U.K. base, (off west Scotland), touching off a massive NATO hunt in November.....A pair of U.S. Navy P-3 Orions, as well as Canadian and French planes and two British warships, scoured the waters for days when the periscope was seen in November.
    Link:http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headline...-in-uk-waters/
    More detail:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...sh-waters.html

    Embarassing as the UK has no maritime patrol aircraft. Even more as the only 'main' UK base in western Scotland are the Trident SSBN facilities in the Clyde. Taken alongside the current higher level of Russian flights and probing it is to say the least interesting.
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    Default Help! There's a (Russian) 2nd sub out there

    Oh dear, once again a suspected Russian submarine periscope appears near the transit route for the UK's nuclear missile submarines, based in the Firth of Clyde. This time a RN frigate was on station and needed two USN maritime patrol aircraft's help:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...submarine.html
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    Lithuanian MoD says NATO QRA intercepted 11 RU aircraft in total, 2x An-26, 1x An-12, 8x Su-34/Su-27, all were flying dark

    @Spy_Stations See following for info and frequency table. https://planesandstuff.wordpress.com.../bear-hunting/
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    Russia is developing a long-range cruise missile that poses a new threat to the United States, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command warned this week.

    “Russia is progressing toward its goal of deploying long-range, conventionally-armed cruise missiles with ever increasing stand-off launch distances on its heavy bombers, submarines, and surface combatants, augmenting the Kremlin’s toolkit of flexible deterrent options short of the nuclear threshold,” Adm. William Gortney, Northcom chief who heads the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said Thursday.
    http://freebeacon.com/national-secur...-to-u-s-grows/
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    I know, DailyWail but...
    Revealed: Russia's new supersonic bomber can outrun Britain's best fighter jet... and Vladimir Putin could soon send them our way

    Russian President Putin is about to unleash a new supersonic bomber
    The Blackjack will be able to outrun the RAF's fastest fighter jets
    Last month Russian Bear aircraft were spotted on sorties near Cornwall
    But Blackjack is three times faster than the Bear and can fly four times further than the fighters that make up UK's Quick Reaction Alert squadrons
    The Russian aircraft has a range of 7,600 miles without refuelling
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz3VFSblLzB
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    The air is frigid and the wind is howling as Air Force Col. Frank Flores lifts a pair of foot-long binoculars and studies a hazy dot about 50 miles west across the Bering Strait.

    "That's the mainland there," he shouts above the gusts.

    It's Siberia, part of Russia, on the Asian mainland.

    Named for an old mining camp, Tin City is a tiny Air Force installation atop an ice-shrouded coastal mountain 50 miles below the Arctic Circle, far from any road or even trees. The Pentagon took over the remote site decades ago and built a long-range radar station to help detect a surprise attack from the Soviet Union.

    At least from this frozen perch, America's closest point to Vladimir Putin's Russia, the Cold War is turning warm again. U.S. F-22 fighter jets scrambled about 10 times last year — twice as often as in 2013 — to monitor and photograph Russian Tu-95 "Bear" bombers and MiG-31 fighter jets that flew over the Bering Sea without communicating with U.S. air controllers or turning on radio transponders, which emit identifying signals.

    The Russian flights are in international airspace, and it's unclear whether they are testing U.S. defenses, patrolling the area or simply projecting a newly assertive Moscow's global power.
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-...ry.html#page=1
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    Default Brinkmanship

    Via a Bill Gertz column:
    A Russia Su-27 jet fighter flew dangerously close and nearly collided with a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft this week in the latest aerial provocation by Moscow, defense officials revealed to the Washington Free Beacon. The Su-27 conducted the close-in intercept of an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday,
    Link:http://freebeacon.com/national-secur...t-over-europe/

    I recall a Russian plane approached a RC-135 in late 2014, which to "escape" flew into Swedish airspace uninvited, probaly posted here.
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    Russian misfire of naval missile today- for Russian Naval Day---

    Good video of the whole event, via @vtchakarova. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4RJ-mS0yAg

    Looks the whole missile assembly came apart during the failed SS-N-14 launch, boosters going their separate ways. pic.twitter.com/4tn93Ww0gH

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    Russian mini sub found sunk in Swedish waters by Ocean X------

    Abandoned foreign midget submarine discovered in Swedish waters. http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/fram...venskt-vatten/

    Divers report cyrillic leters on hull. Appears to be in good condition with minimal damage, 20 meters long

    Some screengrabs from stream at http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/fram...venskt-vatten/

    Ocean X found the sub not the Swedish Navy
    oceanexplorer.se/
    for a news release in english

    Some say the crew might still be in the sub and dead.

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