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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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    At the same time that Russia was denying having blockaded Ukrainian naval facilities in Crimea, little-noticed reports came out of Moscow saying that Vladimir Putin’s government had ongoing conversations with eight foreign countries with the objective of building overseas military facilities, including in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

    “We need bases for refueling near the equator and in other places,” Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, was quoted as saying by news agency ITAR-Tass.
    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/new...ase-expansion/

    Can't criticize Putin. He was invited.

    At a time when the Middle East, Afghanistan and China monopolize U.S. foreign-policy, Latin America hasn’t received much attention. Until today, that is, when Secretary of State John Kerry declared the expiration of the nearly 200-year old lodestar of U.S. diplomacy in the Americas.

    “The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over,” Mr. Kerry said in a speech at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.

    That prompted some tepid applause, which Mr. Kerry encouraged: “That’s worth applauding. That’s not a bad thing.”
    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/1...trine-is-over/
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    This article is from last September, setting up a base in the New Siberian Islands. I had to look up where those where
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Siberian_Islands

    http://www.golos-ameriki.ru/content/...c/1751157.html

    Russia to restore the Soviet military base in the Arctic, which was abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    This was announced by President Vladimir Putin .

    This step is part of the transformation of the northern coast of Russia in the global shipping route and secure the vast energy resources of the region.

    Base on the New Siberian Islands, has not been used for twenty years, but recently , Russia sent him to a group of four nuclear-powered icebreakers and 10 warships to signal the restoration of a permanent military presence in the Arctic .

    Flotilla headed by the Russian nuclear cruiser "Peter the Great " was held on the Northern Sea Route from Europe to Asia through the Russian waters - from the Kara Gate to the Bering Strait .

    " Our military is left there in 1993 , and yet it is a very important point in the Arctic Ocean . Mean and a new stage of development of the Northern Sea Route ", - Putin said at a meeting in the Ministry of Defence .

    " We agreed that at this point we not only recreate a military base , but let me order airfield , make it possible to participate in teamwork MOE representatives , hydrologists , professionals who deal with climate, to ensure the safety and efficiency of operations in the North sea way , so that Russia could effectively control this part of its territory, " - said the Russian president more .

    Russia is making big bets on the development of huge reserves of Arctic energy and busy shipping route is an integral part of this plan .

    Climate warming has led to greater melting ice in the Arctic and the lengthening of the navigation period , which gives hope that the Northern Sea Route can be a shorter alternative to the southern routes .

    However, experts point out that poor infrastructure , ice floes , narrow straits , shallow waters and harsh winters preclude the safe and profitable shipping in the region.
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    A somewhat breathless assessment -

    Since taking 51 vessels from Ukraine without resistance, Russia now has more warships than America. The U.S. Navy has 283 active vessels, and Russia had 280 warships until last week, when it began taking over Ukrainian vessels stationed in Crimea.

    The last of Ukrainian’s 17 military vessels stationed in Crimea not already taken by Russia, the minesweeper Cherkassy, was sabotaged by its crew Wednesday after several unsuccessful Russian capture attempts. Tuesday night, gunfire, explosions and smoke were seen and heard coming from the vessel during a Russian attempt. Ten Ukrainian vessels, not stationed in Crimea, still remain in the possession of Ukraine.

    Russia has also gained navy officers. About 12,000 of Ukraine’s 15,450 navy personnel were stationed in Crimea when Russia invaded at the end of last month. Most of the officers have joined the Russian navy or resigned, according to representatives of the Russian government.

    The 204th Tactical Aviation Brigade, based at the Balbek airbase, had 39 Mig-28 fighters, which were seized by Russia in the early days of their invasion. Three hundred surface-to-air missiles were seized at the Fiolent airbase, as well.

    A representative of the Russian navy gave an interview Tuesday. According to Yuri Borisov, deputy defense minister for the Russian Navy, the Russian navy will have 40 more warships, including submarines and support vessels, set up for combat duty this year. Borisov stated the increase would make “resolution of the whole range of tasks that the Navy assumed [and] become more combat effective in any parts of oceans in the world,” as reported by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.
    http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/russia...ne-navy-ships/
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamG View Post
    Yes, this adds to the list of Russian actions which the US and the EU find if not acceptable then tolerable. Quite disgraceful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamG View Post
    A somewhat breathless assessment -



    http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/russia...ne-navy-ships/
    The 204th Tactical Aviation Brigade, based at the Balbek airbase, had 39 Mig-28 fighters, which were seized by Russia in the early days of their invasion. Three hundred surface-to-air missiles were seized at the Fiolent airbase, as well.
    OMG Mig-28s. I hope we can get Maverick and Cougar with their F-14 Tomcats back on active duty to take them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wm View Post
    OMG Mig-28s. I hope we can get Maverick and Cougar with their F-14 Tomcats back on active duty to take them out.
    Infantile comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMA View Post
    Infantile comment.
    Are you sure it wasn't puerile, kindisch or kinderagtige?

    At least my post commented somewhat humorously on the quality of the fact checking done by some of the sources cited here.

    BTW, here's a link for you:The Hunting of the Snark (he said with tongue firmly in cheek).
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    Quote Originally Posted by wm View Post
    Are you sure it wasn't puerile, kindisch or kinderagtige?

    At least my post commented somewhat humorously on the quality of the fact checking done by some of the sources cited here.

    BTW, here's a link for you:The Hunting of the Snark (he said with tongue firmly in cheek).
    Well OK then... a puerile sense of humour. Some people never grow up.

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    AdamG posted in part:
    The 204th Tactical Aviation Brigade, based at the Balbek airbase, had 39 Mig-28 fighters, which were seized by Russia in the early days of their invasion. Three hundred surface-to-air missiles were seized at the Fiolent airbase, as well.
    I read somewhere only four were in flying / operational condition.
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    Default Russia in the Artic

    I thought I'd posted these two news items from hitherto unknown news resource.

    The paratroopers from the 98th Paratroopers Division in Ivanovo were dropped over the island of Kotelny on Friday in a show of strength in Arctic conditions.....As previously reported, the Russian Northern Fleet late 2013 took major efforts in the reopening of the Temp airfield at Kotelny....The Island of Kotelny in the period 1933-1993 housed a research station and military base.
    Link:http://barentsobserver.com/en/securi...-we-come-17-03

    I am sure this is the island AdamG posted on three days ago.

    OK, not Russia, but Norway's presence in the Barents Sea continues:http://barentsobserver.com/en/securi...-spyship-17-03
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    Russia now has more warships than America
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    (CNN) -- Just when you thought this divorce couldn't get any messier.

    Weeks after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region, it plans to take custody of dolphins in the nation as well.

    Not just any dolphins. These highly trained military mammals detect risks such as sea mines or enemy scuba divers trying to slip through. Sea mines are sophisticated weapons that can sink ships and other watercraft.

    "The combat dolphin program in the Crimean city of Sevastopol will be preserved and redirected toward the interests of the Russian navy," state-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Thursday.
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/27/world/...lphins-defect/
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    GADZHIYEVO (Murmansk region), April 16 (RIA Novosti) – The first Borey-class ballistic missile submarine could be put on combat duty this year after taking weaponry on board, a senior Russian Navy commander said Wednesday.

    "Upon receiving new weapons on board this year, the Yury Dolgoruky submarine will be ready to perform its duties," said Rear Admiral Alexander Moiseev, commander of the submarine forces of the Northern Fleet.

    The Yury Dolgoruky joined the Northern Fleet in January 2013 while the second Borey-class boat, the Alexander Nevsky, was commissioned by the Navy in December last year.

    The third boat, the Vladimir Monomakh, is undergoing sea and state trials, and the fourth Borey-class submarine, the Knyaz Vladimir, has been under construction at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia since July 2012.
    http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20140...Patrols--.html


    And now for another one of those Chehkovian moments...

    The Russian Navy is expected to receive 40 new warships and auxiliary vessels this year, including a variety of surface ships of various classes in addition to the nuclear submarines. The Russian Defense Ministry is currently carrying out a massive rearmament for the navy and air force as part of a series of modernization efforts.
    http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20140...in-Summer.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamG View Post
    "The combat dolphin program in the Crimean city of Sevastopol will be preserved and redirected toward the interests of the Russian navy," state-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Thursday.
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    Hey Matt,

    All jokes aside, our USN marine mammal program at approx. $750,000 for a week is, in addition to being expensive, works.

    An oceanographic survey while more precise, may not render the same results.

    Have to see a team once to actually believe it.
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