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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

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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…



Sunday, 13 March 2016

A Farewell to Arms: “Ukrainian” Servicemen Deserting to the Crimea

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Rear Admiral D V Berezovsky, former “Ukrainian” naval commander… he rallied to Russia and is now a Deputy Commander of the ChF-MF… Denis Valentinovich is under personal sanction by the USA, Canada, and the EU for his patriotic choice. BTW… he’s from Russian Kharkov and is only 42-years-old, so his military career was completely post-Soviet (he was only 17 in 1991 and he became a naval officer in 1996).


Media sources in Kiev stated that a report prepared by a Minoborony Ukrainy working group showed that “Ukrainian” soldiers desert the army en masse and that many officers visit the Crimea. Dumskaya.net wrote that, since January, 87 naval officers deserted to the Crimea and a total of 559 went AWOL last year; the report pointed up that only 135 personnel returned. Dumskaya.net added:

According to the Minoborony Ukrainy working group, unit commanders don’t look for deserters and even try to keep these cases under wraps. No information about 286 deserters could be found in Navy files.

Moreover, 155 “Ukrainian” naval officers visited the Crimea, allegedly for family reasons. On 11 March 2014, following a coup in Kiev, the Crimea declared its independence from the “Ukraine”, asking for reunification with Russia. On 16 March 2014, some 96 percent of Crimean voters chose to rejoin Russia in a referendum.

12 March 2016

Sputnik International


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

14 May 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Disposition of the Major Fleet Units of the Russian Navy

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13 May is a holiday honouring the Black Sea Fleet that began in 1996 to commemorate the founding of one of our main naval bases. The Black Sea Fleet is a strategic formation of the Navy of the Russian Federation to ensure Russia’s military security to the south. Its main bases are Sevastopol and Novorossiysk, with subsidiary bases at Temryuk and Tuapse. Besides the naval bases, it has surface ships and submarines, naval aviation and air defence units, coastal defence troops, and naval infantry battalions. The main objectives of the Black Sea Fleet at present are:

  • The protection of economic zones and areas of industrial activity, with the suppression of illegal activities
  • Ensuring navigational safety
  • Execution of Russian foreign policy in economically-important regions of the World Ocean (visits, business visits, joint exercises, activities in the peacekeeping forces, etc)

13 May 2013





Wednesday, 15 August 2012

15 August 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Russian Naval Force Structure


On 29 July, the Russian Navy noted the 316th anniversary of its establishment. The creation of a regular Russian Navy was part of the need for the country to overcome its territorial, political, and cultural isolation, which was the main impediment to economic and social development of the Russian state at the turn of the 18th century.

Mostly using indigenous resources, the Navy worked out the main shipbuilding problems and the effective handling of surface ships before the First World War. During the Second World War, naval aviation developed, and, in the post-war period, with the advent of missiles with nuclear warheads and marine nuclear power plants, submarines have become the capital units of the fleet. Eventually, the Navy became a multifaceted force of naval aviation, coastal defence, naval infantry, and an oceangoing fleet.

During the Great Patriotic War, the Navy secured the strategic flanks of the Soviet-German front, attacked the ships and vessels of the enemy, and defended Russian maritime communications. In the post-war years, the Navy took on oceanic tasks, integrating nuclear power and guided missiles, becoming a highly-mobile capable force able to undertake any task in the defence of the Russian State. Perhaps, the Navy hit its peak in combat potential in the mid-1980’s. Today, the Russian Navy consists of the Northern, Pacific, Baltic, and Black Sea Fleets, as well as the Caspian Flotilla.

1 August 2012



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