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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Submarine “Stary Oskol” Deploys to Black Sea Base

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The Stary Oskol is the newest diesel submarine to join the Black Sea Fleet. It successfully completed its delivery voyage from its shipyard in St Petersburg to the Black Sea, arriving at its new permanent base in Novorossiysk. On its arrival, the ship’s company took part in a ceremony that included Admiral A V Vitko, the commander of the Black Sea Fleet. The Stary Oskol is the third unit of Project 636.3, built at the Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg specifically for the Black Sea Fleet. This class consists of third-generation diesel submarines, considered amongst the stealthiest of all submarines in worldwide service, being much quieter in operation than earlier Russian subs. This class is very combat-effective, with the latest missile and torpedo technology aboard, guided by the latest radar, electronic, and hydro-acoustic sensors.

2 July 2016

RF Minoborony

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Editor:

The US Navy, like all armed forces, tailors its forces to enable it to carry out its main missions (which means compromises on this-or-that). The main mission of the USN is to protect the seaborne LOCs of the Anglosphere, to keep it tied together as a single entity. Its secondary mission is to project and support American ground forces abroad, along with the USAF. This does NOT mean that American naval supremacy translates into “naval monopoly”. The USN bases its forces on carrier task groups and nuclear attack submarines (boomers are more national strategic assets, not naval forces per se). These systems are best utilised in blue-water deep-ocean scenarios, with much room for manoeuvre. They aren’t suited for narrow seas such as the Baltic, Mediterranean, and Black Seas. That is, no American carrier task force will operate in the Baltic or Black Seas due to the extreme danger posed by landbased anti-ship missiles and conventional subs like the Project 636s. Carrier task forces can only operate in the Med as they can count on landbased NATO assets to give them the additional air cover that they need in such confined seas.

That is, this deployment helps to cement Russian control of the northern Black Sea waters… a control that the USN would concede in wartime, much as the RN conceded control of the Baltic to the Kriegsmarine in both World Wars. To control it would simply cost too much in ships and men… a cost that the USN doesn’t consider well-worth paying. Don’t listen to American chest thumping… it can only do so much with the actual naval assets it possesses. The 636s are quieter than any American attack boat… in the narrow seas in which it operates, that makes the 636 the King of the Battlefield. Keep it focused…

BMD

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Americans Wet Their Pants! Russian Aircraft Used NATO Ships as Simulated Targets

00 Russian Air Force fighters. 04.05.14

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According to TVN24.pl, citing Sputniknews.com, Russians air units used NATO ships in the Black Sea as simulated targets in their exercises. On 3 March, Su-30 and Su-24 bombers based in the Crimea made a simulated attack on the American cruiser USS Vicksburg and the Turkish frigate Turgut Reis. The purpose of the exercise was to test tactics used to “overcome air defence” of cruisers and frigates, which meant that they tested antishipping tactics. Finally, the Russian aircraft buzzed the NATO ships. Exercises of this scale against “enemy” units are very rare. In the past, most were instances of individual aircraft doing such, such as in April 2014, when an Su-24 flew very close to an American destroyer in the Black Sea. The commander of the USS Donald Cook said that it was a “provocative” act.

8 March 2015

Politikus.ru

http://politikus.ru/events/44887-opyat-mokrye-podguzniki-rossiyane-proleteli-nad-korablyami-nato-i-imitirovali-ih-potoplenie.html

Editor:

It looked like the Americans peed their pants in fright twice. They like handing it out, but like all bullies, they don’t like taking it. Let’s not be coy… the American naval superiority means NOTHING in the Black Sea. With that out, the intheatre American forces are inferior to the intheatre Russian forces. Therefore, any noise from the USA is nothing but the gumming of a toothless and bootless Rubber Lion. Russia holds the trumps… and Vova has the black belt, doesn’t he?

BMD

Friday, 12 September 2014

Rogozin Sez Russia Isn’t Going to Build Aircraft Carriers in Near Future

00 CVA Admiral Kuznetsov. 12.09.14

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On Wednesday, Deputy Chairman of the RF Government D O Rogozin said that building an aircraft carrier in Russia just isn’t worth the expense and bother. As previously reported by the Minoborony, Russia won’t authorise any new aircraft carriers for at least another five years. The state armaments programme doesn’t plan to authorise building a new aircraft carrier until 2020, at the earliest. Rogozin told reporters after a meeting with President Putin on the 2016-20 state armaments programme, “Whether or not to build aircraft carriers is more of a geopolitical decision than a military-technical one. We proved that we had the military-technical capability to do so on 16 November last year {the commissioning date of INS Vikramaditya, built at Sevmash: editor}, when we showed that Russia had competence in building fleet aircraft carriers. If we need to do so, we’ll be able to do it. However, such a task isn’t necessary now”. Meanwhile, as reported, the idea of ​​contracting with France to build the Mistral LPHs came about as Russia needed to get experience with the technology and skills needed to build such ships. At present, the Russian Navy has one aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov.

12 September 2014

Russian Arms

http://www.arms-expo.ru/news/navy/rossiya_poka_ne_sobiraetsya_stroit_avianosets/

Editor:

Many irresponsible and uniformed Amerikantsy are bloviating about Russia building up a carrier fleet to rival their own. Firstly, that’s bullshit. Russia is a continental power that has to devote more resources to its ground forces and air forces than the USA does. All things being equal, that means that it can’t devote as many resources to the naval forces as the USA does. Secondly, the proper countermeasures to carrier task forces are cruise-missile-armed cruiser submarines, quiet diesel-electric boats (the Norwegians proved that modern diesel boats can easily penetrate a task force’s screen), and supersonic cruise-missiles. Thirdly, the waters in which the Russian Navy would conceivably operate aren’t suited to carrier task force deployment, which is particularly true of the Black Sea, Baltic, and Northern (Arctic) theatres of operation (and restricted waters such as the Sea of Okhotsk and the Mediterranean). The Russian Navy isn’t organised nor trained for blue water sea control. It has a more modest mission… protecting the Barents Sea and Sea of Okhotsk fortress areas (deployment areas of Russian boomers with SLBMs) and protecting the sea flanks of Russian ground forces (along with short-range amphibious attacks, such as Novorossiysk in the VOV). That is, it isn’t a sea control force, as the Anglosphere navies are. Therefore, CVs ARE a waste of time and money.

The Anglosphere (USA/Australia/NZ/Canada/England, along with Japan) axis is the foremost world naval power… the Chinese/Russian axis is the foremost world land power. They needn’t conflict. In any case, the USA would waste its substance by direct operations on the World Island. The economic crisis of 2008 was a direct result of the USA waging unnecessary expensive land wars in Asia (whilst cutting taxes to the grasping Affluent Effluent at the same time). General Omar Bradley’s words in 1951 still ring true today… he was speaking of a land war in continental Asia, saying that it’d be “the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy“. Anyone who advocates land warfare on the World Island for the USA without a STRONG local ally to carry the main burden of the land fighting (much as England used the continental powers in the 18th and 19th centuries) is an ignoranus, doesn’t know history, and is dangerously demented. What does that tell you about John McCain, Chilly Hilly, Mitch McConnell, John Kerry, Marco Rubio, Benjamin Cardin, and Ted Cruz? Such people hold power… God do preserve us. However… there IS hope on both sides of the aisle… Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul… odd couple, no? However, both do see the situation aright…

One last thing… Dmitri Olegovich is the MOST anti-American figure in the Russian government… even he says that Russia doesn’t intend to challenge the USA (or its maritime allies) on the open seas. That proves that the posturing warmongers in the USA are chock fulla shit…

BMD

Saturday, 12 April 2014

American Sanctions a Ploy to Steal Crimean Gas Fields for American Greedster Crapitalists

The Global Natural Gas Market

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Rustam Temirgaliyev, the Republic of the Crimea (RK) First Deputy Chairman of the Government,  noted on Facebook that American sanctions against the RK’s oil and gas company Chernomorneftegaz are part of the global struggle for control over energy resources,. The US Treasury Department blacklists him. TASS reported that Temirgaliyev observed that American support for “democracy” in the Ukraine, as well as in Iraq and Libya “very often contracts of American companies for exclusive extraction of hydrocarbons in the area accompanied such actions . The Black Sea shelf around Crimea is rich in oil and gas, and many Western companies looked forward to super profits. However, Crimea joined Russia. Chernomorneftegaz became RK property within Russia, and we’ll use its revenues from extraction for the peninsula’s development, it won’t go into the Western corporations pockets”. On Friday, according to its spokesman, the US Treasury Department included the Black Sea oil and gas company on its blacklist. The Department means that it imposed export control from the USA, with possible denial of deals. An American official noted that the blacklisting of the Crimean company was a signal that the US government condemned Russia’s actions in the Ukraine.

Editor:

The reason that the Ukraine is in the sad shape it’s in today is that it’s a poster child for Libertarian Free Market Deregulation. Local oligarchs and Western crapitalists, aided by diaspora Galician Uniate confederates, robbed the Ukrainian economy blind, stealing the money needed for future investment. The Ukraine was the jewel in the crown of the USSR… it’s a terrible basket case today… it needs massive investment to build it back up. The West not only refuses to do that, it intends using the Ukraine as a dumping ground for its surplus production, a source of raw materials, and a place where crapitalists can recruit cheap labour for their businesses. That’s “imperialism” in the classic Marxist sense.

The most culpable group in this is the Galician Uniate diaspora. Most of these people refuse to condemn the evil that the extremists wrought… why? They stand silent in the face of naked hatred, racism, and theft. If they don’t want folks to lump them in with these sorts, they’d best get with the programme and condemn those in their ranks who aided (and still aid) the rape of the Ukraine. Don’t hold your breath… I’ve noted that most Galician Uniates FEAR speaking up against the Svoboda/Right Sector filth. That’s sad… most Uniate people aren’t nasty or evil, most don’t have anything to do with the hate spouted by Russophobic elements. Nevertheless, their silence gives “cover”, aid, and comfort to the haters. Which side ARE you on? If you keep silence, the only thing that people can conclude is that you APPROVE of the theft committed by and the hate spouted by these sorts… that’s as it was, as it is, and as it ever shall be.

Do note that the USA is a net importer of natural gas… that remains true today. Most Canadian production goes to the USA (American domestic output is peaking and due to fall according to experts), which means that the USA has NOTHING to send the Ukraine (and will have less than nothing to send in future). As it lacks LNG infrastructure, it can’t ship gas to Europe, even it wanted to. That’s the truth behind the bombast of Republican congressmen on Capital Hill and Foggy Bottom rants from the likes of Kerry, Nuland, and Zbig.

BMD

12 April 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_12/US-sanctions-against-Crimean-oil-gas-company-are-part-of-struggle-for-resources-2736/

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