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Old 11-08-2016   #201
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Russia has a 'pipe dream' of replacing the US as the world's dominant naval power
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Old 11-14-2016   #202
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US officials: Mig-29 jet crashes near #Russia's #Kuznetzov aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean during #Syria op
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11...form=hootsuite

Flying from the Kuznetsov with no catapults, therefore limited fuel and weapons, is very tricky ...

Russian MOD denies low visibility a factor in reported #AdmiralKuznetsov MiG-29 #crash near #Syria
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Old 11-14-2016   #203
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US officials: Mig-29 jet crashes near #Russia's #Kuznetzov aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean during #Syria op
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11...form=hootsuite

Flying from the Kuznetsov with no catapults, therefore limited fuel and weapons, is very tricky ...

Russian MOD denies low visibility a factor in reported #AdmiralKuznetsov MiG-29 #crash near #Syria
Crash details follow......

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As reported by Combat Aircraft a Russian Navy Mig-29KUBR embarked aboard Adm. Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has crashed on Nov. 13.

The aircraft is one of the four naval Fulcrums operated by the 100th Independent Shipborne Fighter Aviation Regiment.

According to our sources, the incident occurred around 14.30Z and involved a two-seater Fulcrum in a formation of three Mig-29s operating from the carrier in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off Syria: whilst one of the remaining aircraft recovered aboard the Kuznetsov the third one diverted for unknown reasons to Syria.

Footage allegedly showing Mig-29s in the skies over Aleppo had happered earlier on the same day.

The pilot of the doomed aircraft ejected safely and was rescued by a helicopter while the Russian Navy radioed all the nearby vessels to remain 5NM away from the crash point.

Needless to say the incident unfolded while several NATO aircraft and warships closely monitored the operations aboard Russia’s only carrier.
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Old 11-14-2016   #204
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US officials: Mig-29 jet crashes near #Russia's #Kuznetzov aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean during #Syria op
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11...form=hootsuite

Flying from the Kuznetsov with no catapults, therefore limited fuel and weapons, is very tricky ...

Russian MOD denies low visibility a factor in reported #AdmiralKuznetsov MiG-29 #crash near #Syria
It's not that difficult to spot the Admiral Kuznetsov battle group from space -
http://alert5.com/2016/11/14/its-not...up-from-space/
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Old 11-14-2016   #205
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THIS is from a well known proRussian commenter living outside Russia.....

Yury Barmin @yurybarmin
Russian navy proving to be a lousy instrument of power projection is a huge blow to geopolitical ambitions. Heads will roll in Moscow


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A MiG-29 jet crashes into sea in the Mediterranean. This whole Kuznetsov affair has been a total disaster so far
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Old 11-15-2016   #206
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Air Force Freak @AlRFORCEFREAK
#RUAF strategic air HF voice net noted active
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Old 11-16-2016   #207
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FAB-500 M54 unguided bombs appears to be #Russia weapon of choice for initial #Syria strikes from #AdmiralKuznetsov
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Old 11-17-2016   #208
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Russia says it just flew some strategic bombers 11,000 km via North Sea & Atlantic to fire missiles at Syria. Stunt not seen for a while.
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Old 11-18-2016   #209
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Johan Norberg says he's looking at Russian preparation for large-scale armed warfare—not "hybrid warfare." "The whole country."

Can Russia carry out large scale offensive operations right now....yes it can and with little to no prep time needed as it has been exercising exactly that for now three solid years.....
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Old 11-19-2016   #210
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Ah...a so called superpower being treated like a terrorist which actually they are...

Russian Army official mouthpiece fumes in rabid rage over #Switzerland fighters escorting #Kremlin flight
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https://twitter.com/Zradko_TAK/statu...9333518680064#
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Old 11-20-2016   #211
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The Russian AF seems these days to have a serious problem in their ability to simply turn on their transponders...none in the Baltics..none in the areas area Ukraine and certainly none in Syria...and none in the Black Sea.....

Russia furious after Swiss fighter jets buzz governmental plane:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7426981.html

… quite rich from Russia. Good for you Switzerland

Maybe the Swiss checked the #Russian government plane because it partly blocked transponder data. According to @flightradar24 it did.

Russia demands answers on why Swiss jets flanked APEC plane
Surely, what's good for the goose is good for Russians?
http://news.sky.com/story/russia-dem...lane-10663030#

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Old 11-24-2016   #212
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Reference the crashed MiG from the Russian ACC....

Rumours – lost MiG-29KR f/ #Kuznetsov was piloted by Col Igor Matkovsky, one of top 3 carrier-based pilots in RU.
http://www.vz.ru/news/2016/11/23/845437.html#

He as a Russian AF Hero had over 200 carrier landings and he basically ran out of fuel because the ACC Commander did not divert him to a land AF and they could not get the arresting mechanism fixed in time...

Have a hunch that radio chatter between the plane and controller on Kuznetsov was pretty heated.

Absolutely makes sense, falls into context. Even aces can't pull miracles the dire state #Russian Navy actually is in.

A massive single point of failure in the Russian Command and Control that has never been fixed in all their modernization efforts....Commanders are simply afraid to make a serious/critical decisions as they are afraid it will kill their careers and then off to Siberia...

EXAMPLE...on the Army side all Russian Commanders down to Company Commanders physically sign the operational orders as to what they do.....thus they are held then legally responsible if their portion of the op fails...and changes to the op orders requires all new signatures....
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Old 12-01-2016   #213
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Vessels from Russia's Black Sea Fleet have taken up position near the disputed Crimean peninsula - which was illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014 - to help strengthen the air defences.
The aggressive land grab plunged Ukraine-Russia and east-west relations to their lowest point in years and threatened a new Cold War
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/...issile-testing
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Old 12-02-2016   #214
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Default Russian Navy MiG-29 Crash: More than Meets the Eye

A RUSI article dissects why this plane crashed, killing it's very experienced pilot and the apparent "cover up". It concludes:
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The Russian media’s current attempt to attribute the loss of the MiG-29 solely to the deck crew’s incompetence appears to be a face-saving measure aimed at diverting criticism away from the flaws in the Russian weapons systems being aggressively marketed on international markets.
Link:https://rusi.org/commentary/russian-...more-meets-eye
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Russia is recalling the Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov from the Eastern Mediterranean and sending the ship back to its homeport in northern Russia. The strike group consisting of the carrier, guided missile cruiser Peter the Great, two Udaloy-class guided missile destroyers and auxiliaries will begin the voyage to Severomorsk.
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The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab has confirmed that two Buyan-class missile corvettes of the Black Sea Fleet that were officially destined to join the flotilla off Syria have remained at Kaliningrad.

Given that the Baltic Fleet has been the most neglected, this may represent a "sea change", given the emphasis that the Kremlin has placed on the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. It is especially worrying, given that NATO has been pondering how to ensure conventional deterrence in the Baltic region.

https://medium.com/@DFRLab/wintering...63f#.8bdxqiknb

Currently, no one can say which fleet these corvettes belong to...
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Ah...a so called superpower being treated like a terrorist which actually they are...

Russian Army official mouthpiece fumes in rabid rage over #Switzerland fighters escorting #Kremlin flight
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https://twitter.com/Zradko_TAK/statu...9333518680064#
I understand that the Swiss Air Force can only scramble 2 F-18s given its lack of readiness...
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Reference the smoking and polluting Russian aircraft carrier heading home now.....

Russia's colorful diplomats in the U.K., ever fond of mocking any & all critics, say "ship of shame" is an "unfair label" for A. Kuznetsov.

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UK residents will be able to spot the smoke depending on wind direction....

The Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is expected to pass through the Straits of Dover around lunchtime today.

Two tugs in the convoy....

NOTICE Russian media is not covering the return at all...

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AND she is still smoking her way back to homeport....

Russia says British military staging 'show' with Channel escort....
http://reut.rs/2ji6eZR

Show...not really just a routine NATO exercise using Russian ships as the exercise target.....just a routine NATO recce op....
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