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Old 08-26-2016   #181
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The Russian defense industry has constructed six Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarines from the 636.3 project for the Black Sea Fleet. These submarines are equipped with the new winged Caliber-PL missiles, which can strike targets up to 1,500 miles away.

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According to Kasatonov, defense industry enterprises will build six equivalent submarines for the Pacific Ocean Fleet. "The industry is also building a series of strategic missile submarine cruisers from the 955 Borei project," he said. The navy has received three of these submarines and will obtain another five by 2020.
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The Russian Defense Ministry's main resources are now being invested in the modernization of submarine bases in the Far East, in the city of Vilyuchinsk in the Kamchatka Region (4,150 miles east of Moscow) and in Novorossiysk on the Black Sea coast (940 miles south of Moscow). Four subs from the 995 Borei project are destined for the Kamchatka base and four will be sent to the North Fleet docks.

Three Varshavyanka 636.6 diesel subs with the Caliber winged missiles are on alert in Novorossiysk and within three years, after the construction of all the navy infrastructure is complete, the base will receive the other three subs from the series.

Russian experts say that the new program has taken into account the mistakes that the USSR made in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when large Krechet aircraft carriers from the 1143 project were introduced to the navy. The fleet received the vessels but there was no infrastructure to service them and they were forced to remain in the docks on a permanent basis, producing electricity with their diesel engines and burning up their resources, something that resulted in them being written off prematurely. Now an entire series of coastal infrastructure is being created for each ship and submarine
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Old 08-28-2016   #182
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Caveat for all Russian / non-independently sourced information in this thread, read this http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...827#post192827
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The Pentagon says a Russian fighter plane flew within about 10ft (3m) of one of its reconnaissance aircraft operating over the Black Sea.

US officials described the intercept by the SU-27 jet on Wednesday as "dangerous and unprofessional".

Russia's defence ministry said the US plane had been approaching Russian territory and the SU-27 pilots had adhered to international rules.

Russia is currently carrying out military exercises in the Black Sea.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37303247
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This week, Russia’s Pacific Fleet will dispatch a number of surface warships to the South China Sea to participate in the annual Sino-Russian naval exercise, dubbed Joint Sea 2016, held from September 11 to 19, TASS news agency reports.

“At the beginning of September, a detachment consisting of the big anti-submarine ships Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov, the big amphibious ship Peresvet, the sea towboat Alatau, and the tanker Pechenga will head for Zhanjiang in China,” the chief press officer of the Eastern Military District for the Pacific Fleet, Captain Second Rank Vladimir Matveyev said.

The Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov are both 6,930-ton Project 1155 Udaloy I-class anti-submarine warfare destroyers originally built for the Soviet Navy. The destroyers also have anti-ship capabilities and carry the P-270 Moskit supersonic ramjet powered anti-ship missile (NATO reporting name: SS-N-22 Sunburn).
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Very rare photo of unreported Cold War Russian midget sub in #Baltic
http://www.hisutton.com/Carmon-1E%20midget%20sub.html#

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Spy Sub - Project 10831 Losharik
http://www.hisutton.com/Spy%20Sub%20...Losharik.html#
… another great piece by @CovertShores

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Old 09-30-2016   #187
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From September 23rd, aircraft carrier to appear on playing board mid-October.

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“Currently, the Russian naval group in the eastern Mediterranean includes at least six warships and three or four support vessels from all fleets. To increase the combat capabilities of the group, [we] plan to include the cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov into its ranks,”#Shoigu said.
The minister added that the deployment is part of the Russian naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean, renewed in 2013, which ensures the country’s interests and helps#“to maintain peace.”
According to a source cited by Interfax, the Admiral Kuznetsov will join the country’s naval unit in mid-October, with the mission expected to last between four and five months.“Currently, the Russian naval group in the eastern Mediterranean includes at least six warships and three or four support vessels from all fleets. To increase the combat capabilities of the group, [we] plan to include the cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov into its ranks,”#Shoigu said.
The minister added that the deployment is part of the Russian naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean, renewed in 2013, which ensures the country’s interests and helps#“to maintain peace.”
According to a source cited by Interfax, the Admiral Kuznetsov will join the country’s naval unit in mid-October, with the mission expected to last between four and five months.

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According to Interfax, the vessel, which has recently undergone maintenance, will carry state-of-the-art MIG-29KR and MIG-29KUBR jets, as well as SU-33 fighters. In addition, it’s reported that the onboard squadron will include KA-52K assault helicopters.
“The KA-52 helicopters are already undergoing tests. The pilots report on very positive impressions,”#the director of the Russian Helicopters company told Interfax.
The Admiral Kuznetsov is currently Russia’s only aircraft carrier, and was commissioned in 1990. It is capable of harboring over 50 aircraft. The vessel is also armed with ‘Granit’ anti-ship cruise missiles and as well as#‘Blade’#and#‘Chestnut’#gun systems.
https://www.rt.com/news/360178-russi...ria-kuznetsov/

See also https://sputniknews.com/military/201...elopments.html
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Two Russian Blackjack bombers were intercepted by fighter jets from four European countries as they flew from the direction of Norway to northern Spain and back, it has emerged (happened 22nd September)....Spanish media say it is the furthest south such an operation has had to take place.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37562499?

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The two guided missile fast attack craft left from the port of Sevastopol on October 4 and are currently sailing through the Black Sea in order to join up with the Russian fleet.
The Serpukhov and the Zeleny Dol already participated in Russia’s Syria operation in the Mediterranean in the middle of August, when they fired three Kalibr cruise missiles at Al-Nusra Front terrorists before returning to Crimea in September.
The US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) is wary of the Kalibr missile, which “is profoundly changing its ability to deter, threaten or destroy adversary targets,” the report published in December said.
https://www.rt.com/news/361699-syria...navy-missiles/


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WASHINGTON — In a sharp deterioration of relations, the U.S. on Monday suspended diplomatic contacts with Russia over Syria, while Moscow halted cooperation on a joint program for disposal of weapons-grade plutonium.
The U.S. move followed a threat last week from Secretary of State John Kerry after new Russian and Syrian attacks on the city of Aleppo. The State Department said Russia had not lived up to the terms of an agreement last month to restore the cease-fire and ensure sustained deliveries of humanitarian aid to besieged cities.
"This is not a decision that was taken lightly," State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. "Unfortunately, Russia failed to live up to its own commitments ... and was also either unwilling or unable to ensure Syrian regime adherence to the arrangements to which Moscow agreed."
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/syr...-syria-n658741
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Old 10-14-2016   #190
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From September 23rd, aircraft carrier to appear on playing board mid-October.
Someone's a tad tardy.

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Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov , is nearing the end of a work-up period outside the port of Murmansk before heading for the eastern Mediterranean, reportedly to begin air operations against targets in Syria.
The first combat deployment of Kuznetsov was announced by Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu on 21 September, when he said the 55,000-ton carrier would be escorted by six warships and three or four support vessels.
UK naval sources say they expect Kuznetsov's departure to be "imminent".
"We and our NATO allies have been watching her work-up closely and we think they have got her pilots qualified and safe to fly off the ship," a senior naval officer told IHS Jane's on 13 October, adding, "She has been going in and out of port over the past week or so to get everyone spun up. That seems to be done now."
http://www.janes.com/article/64643/r...ria-deployment

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Russia plans to expand its supply base in the Syrian port city of Tartus into a permanent naval base, Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said on Monday, according to state news agency TASS.
"In Syria, we will have a permanent naval base in Tartus. The corresponding documents have been drafted. Currently they are in the process of inter-departmental coordination," said Pankov, during a meeting of Russia's Federation Council's international affairs committee.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/10/middle...-tartus-syria/
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Carrier Battle Group Admiral Kuznetsov was deployed Oct15,2016 in 1530
Escort:
CGN Pyotr Velikiy
DD VAdm Kulakov&DD Severomorsk(both Udaloy class)
AO Sergey Osipov

Air Group
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Story Soviets Carrier Admiral Gorshkov-Vikramaditya

From Journal of the Australian Naval Institute No150

Perhaps more significantly, when
the Russians sold her, the carrier had
no usable powerplant, due to a fire
in her boilers. Replacing or repairing
the boilers was a major job, given the
amount of ship structure between
them and the flight deck. When
Vikramaditya ran her first sea trials
last year, when she was to have been
delivered, her engines suddenly cut
out when she reached 30 knots. It
turned out that seven of her eight
boilers had failed because the fire
(insulating) bricks in them had melted
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BRUSSELS — Russia canceled a request to refuel a flotilla of its Syria-bound warships at a Spanish port Wednesday, according to Russian state-run media and other news reports. The move came#among mounting criticism leveled at Madrid from NATO’s secretary general and Britain’s defense minister.
The Russian battle group, containing cruisers, submarine hunting warships and Russia’s lone aircraft carrier — the Admiral#Kuznetsov — were set to refuel in#Ceuta, a port situated in north Africa near the Strait of Gibraltar, before heading to the Mediterranean Sea. While Spain has allowed Russian ships to use its refueling facilities in the past, the small armada’s likely mission — bolstering Russia’s strikes in Syria — has drawn widespread condemnation, forcing Spain into an uncomfortable position with its allies.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/...cid=spartandhp
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1)A group of warships including Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is reportedly refuelling at sea off North Africa en route to Syria

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37791523

2)Malta refuses to allow Russia's aircraft carrier to refuel :"Malta will not be party to the obscenities being committed in Aleppo

https://twitter.com/EU_today/status/...862209?lang=cs

3)Last known position Kuznetsov oiler Osipov

https://www.vesselfinder.com/?mmsi=273546000

4)Real surprise:The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed suggestions from NATO that a Russian battle group in the Mediterranean would join the bombardment of Syria's Aleppo as absurd, the RIA news agency reported on Thursday
Russia cannot be understood with the mind alone...

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Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, has set sail for Syria. The vessel is leaving a long and unhealthy trail of smoke in its wake.
Moscow's symbol of power projection is old and in danger of breaking down as it make its way from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. The Russians have also discovered that this smoldering boat and her naval task force are unwelcome, as port after port along its route refuses entry now that human rights organizations and governments worldwide have accused the Russian government of war crimes.
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Kuztnetsov is a notoriously unreliable ship. She was built by the Soviet Union in the late 1980s and languished in Russian service after the Cold War. In 2009, a problem with the electrical system led to a fire that killed a crewman. The ship's propulsion system has never worked properly and breaks down so frequently that it, like many other large Russian Navy ships, always travels with an oceangoing tug. The ship broke down in early 2012 off the coast of Spain.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/mili...-smoky-voyage/
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Three Russian submarines armed with cruise missiles have reportedly joined a naval battleforce heading towards Syria.

The Royal Navy and Nato have been tracking the two Akula-class submarines and a diesel-powered Kilo-class sub as they travelled to join the fleet of Russian ships headed by the Soviet-era aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.
“The Russians now have submarines in the Med,” a senior naval source told#The Sunday Times.

It is feared the submarines may be armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and could be used to support the final assault on the besieged city of Aleppo.#
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7387451.html
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A Russian sailor’s online selfie may have just given away the position of one of the world’s most powerful battlecruisers, according to journalist#Hans de Vreij’s analysis.
http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/06/sa...#ixzz4PKasnAiY
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A Russian fighter pilot flipped the finger in the Baltic skies: "Maybe he watched too much Top Gun." More here:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...086_story.html

Flipping the bird in wrong airspace /w no transponders, in full armament is the only right thing to do!

NATO jets have scrambled to intercept planes about 600 times this year, mostly in intl. airspace
http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs...imes-this-year

RuAF has crossed five times into direct NATO airspace......

Baltic air policing: #Russia's "fighter aircraft are almost always armed to the teeth" says #Germany's LtCol Jacob

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Kuznetsov task force will reach the waters off Syria later on Tuesday. The GCHQ / NSA listening posts on Cyprus have front row seats
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Per Interfax from today.....
PLANES FR RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, NAVAL SHIPS ARMED WITH PRECISION WEAPONS PREPARING TO STRIKE MILITANTS ON ALEPPO AREA - RUS MOD SOURCE
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