Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Russian and Very Strong: The Military in the Crimea a Year Since Reunification

00 russian soldiers. 17.03.15

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Less than a year after its reunification with Russia, the Crimea is home to a full-fledged military grouping and developments continue as the peninsula improves its security. In the year since it rejoined Russia, the military modernisation in the Crimea was a key event in Russian force developments; seven new formations and eight new military bases are now part of the Russian military presence on the peninsula, which Minister of Defence S K Shoigu called a “full-fledged, self-sufficient military grouping”.

Ukrainian “Heritage”

After Crimea’s reunification with Russia, over 9,000 former Ukrainian servicemen and 7,000 Ukrainian civilian personnel rallied to Russia. Over 70 Ukrainian units voluntarily came over to Russia, as well as 25 auxiliary vessels and 6 warships. After the March 2014 Crimean referendum, Admiral V V Chirkov, commander of the Russian Navy, announced that 79 Ukrainian Navy ships, including 25 warships, were in Crimean ports, which Russia was ready to hand back. Since 11 April 2014, when Russia handed over the missile boat Priluki, Russia handed back 43 ships and boats, as well as all Ukrainian military vehicles and some planes and helicopters. However, this ended in mid-June when the SNBOU suspended its military and technical coöperation agreement with Russia. On Monday, junta strongman P A Poroshenko announced that the Ukraine intends to take back the rest of the Ukrainian weaponry left in the Crimea. However, this isn’t very likely, as Admiral A V Vitko, Commander of the Black Sea Fleet, announced in 2014 that wouldn’t be any more transfers because the junta could use such transferred weaponry in the Novorossiya aggression.

New Forces

In September 2014, Defence Minister Shoigu noted that the escalation of the Ukrainian situation, the Crimea’s reunification with Russia, and a growing military presence near Russian borders “determined corrections” to the Southern Military District. In November 2014, 14 Su-27SM and Su-30 multipurpose jets arrived at Belbek Air Base and air defence units received new S-300PMU and Pantsir-S1 systems. The Crimean reunification also led to new developments in the Black Sea Fleet, which the Ukraine previously attempted to impede. In 2015 and 2016, the Black Sea Fleet will receive six new Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates, six Project 636 “Varshavianka” diesel submarines, as well as Buyan-M missile boats, mostly based in the Crimea.

New Defences

New anti-sabotage and defence forces also buffed up security. The Sevastopol Oceanarium, which trained the Ukrainian Navy’s bottlenose dolphins, joined the Russian Navy, and, in November 2014, the Black Sea Fleet conducted exercises with the dolphins, which detected submarines at a depth of over 60 metres. In addition to dolphins, the Black Sea Fleet is creating a centre for training frogmen for rescue and counter-sabotage activity. In June 2014, Admiral Vitko announced that the Navy is planning to create a new centre for diving specialists, using the Black Sea Fleet Diving School in Sevastopol as a base. The Black Sea Fleet coastal defences also received new Bal and Bastion anti-ship missile systems, which replaced older versions. In addition, a mountain defence battalion, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regiment to monitor NATO ships, a radiological-chemical-nuclear defence regiment, and a new artillery regiment with 300 units of equipment joined units already intheatre. In December, Russia started to refurbish the Crimean Naval Base in Sevastopol, which Russia ceded to Ukraine in 1996. In addition, Sevastopol will repair Russian ships, including those on duty in the Mediterranean. However, this is only a small part of what was once a system that included submarine bases built into cliffs, and the Black Sea Fleet shall receive over 86 billion roubles (8.7 billion Renminbi. 87.5 billion INR. 1.4 billion USD. 1.78 billion CAD. 1.82 billion AUD. 1.32 billion Euros. 943 million UK Pounds) by 2020 to rebuild the system. There are many challenges to Crimean security today, not only NATO’s presence in the Black Sea, but also from Ukrainian artillery batteries emplaced on the Crimean border and from booby-trapped bridges connecting the Crimea to the Ukraine. Russia is already working to secure Crimean communications security by building a new bridge over the Kerch Strait and by building new power stations to protect the Crimea from erratic power cuts by the Ukraine. Construction of a new power station will begin later in March and the new Kerch Strait bridge should be ready within four years.

13 March 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150313/1019442247.html

Editor:

Notice how coy the article is on the present posting of the Ukrainian forces that rallied to Russia. I believe that most of them are now in Novorossiya, providing the hard professional cadre of the patriot VSN. There was no need of deploying Russians… there are sufficient anti-fascist “Ukrainians” to topple the rightwing Uniate filth in Kiev. With each passing day, the old Soviet legacy comes alive again in Novorossiya. With each passing day, the VSN gets stronger. With each passing day, the junta weakens. Vova is far brighter than his stupid toddler Anglo adversaries are. The melon is almost ripe for the harvest. As Elder Iona of Odessa put it, “The Smuta will come the year after my death. The first Easter will be bloody, the second Easter will be hungry, and the third Easter will be victorious”. Elder Iona died in late 2012… the Evromaidantsy lunacy started in the next year. Shall the tricolour and the Red Banner fly over Kiev, the Mother of All Russian Cities? One can sincerely hope so…

This is the second Easter of the prophecy of St Iona… I do daresay that Victoria Nuland et al are in for a nasty surprise…

BMD

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

24 December 2014. Mistral, Mistral, Who’s Got the Mistrals… or… That’s OK, We Got the High Tech from the Deal!

00 frigate admiral kasotonov. St Petersburg RF. 24.12.14

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Read this. Look at who’s speaking for the government! Deputy Chairman of the Government D O Rogozin… the most hardline anti-liberal anti-American hegemonist hawk of the lot. In any case, Russia got the technology transfer that it was looking for, and plans to build two Mistral-class ships in Russia are still full steam ahead. Look at the above image… it’s the launch of the Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov in St Petersburg. Russia has a world-class shipbuilding industry that can make any kind of ship that the navy requires… I think that the Mistral deal was really a bid to acquire technology, and that was a success. Note also that Rogozin makes it clear that Russia is pulling out of space coöperation with NASA on many fronts (perhaps, American cosmonauts will be able to fly to the ISS on Russian craft, but no more than that). In short, the hubristical Anglo Americans do it again… in their arrogance and self-centred pride, they refuse to see how this’d knacker their space programme in the near- and far-term. The Republican filth wasted America’s substance in needless wars of aggression and tax giveaways to the Affluent Effluent paymaster-puppeteers of the GOP (look at Rick Perry… you’ll see the face of the modern Republican Party… grasping corruption, bloody unconcern with human life, and smarmy “Evangelical” pietism).

The joke’s on the USA… the French built the ships to Russian specs, and the Russian equipment allotted to them wasn’t installed. Russians have brains in their heads… they know that Anglo Americans are shameless liars and inveterate sneaks (“winning is the only thing”), so, no Russian gear was to be installed until the ships reached Russia. If NATO were to take over these ships, it’d take a whole lotta brass to bring them up to operational readiness, and it’d take at least a year, if not more to do the job. In short, all that the French did was to put their reputation as impartial arms merchants in the shitter. The two countries that’d benefit the most from that are China and Russia, who’d be glad to pick up France’s arms sales… after all, why buy from someone who’s just going to refuse to deliver them to you at the whim of the juvenile Anglo American brats?

VVP won this one… as I said, look at who the messenger is… it’s Rogozin. Is VVP grooming him as a possible successor? One can only wait and see…

BMD

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Crimean Naval Base Command Formally Re-Established

V-Day in Sevastopol

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A spokesman for the ChF-MF (Black Sea Fleet) told journalists that the Crimean Naval Base Command (KVMB), an integral part of the Fleet until 1996, is now formally re-established and operational. He said, “The command is in Sevastopol, housed in the former Ukrainian Navy headquarters. Captain 1st Rank Yuri Zemsky, who previously commanded operational units in the Mediterranean, heads the new unit”. According to the KVMB chief of staff, Captain 1st Rank Aleksei Komarov, from 1 December, the 126 Separate Coastal Defence Brigade at Perevalnoe and a another separate coastal missile brigade in Sevastopol began operations, saying, “The new units went on duty, having combat elements to defend against enemy ship movements in the Black Sea”.

New Ships to Join ChF-MF

Today, Captain 1st Rank Oleg Krivorog, commander of the 30 Surface Warfare Division of the ChF-MF, revived on 1 December, told journalists that his unit will receive new ships of Frigate Project 11356, starting in mid-2015. He said, “In summer 2015, plans call for the first frigate of Project 11356, Admiral Grigorovich, to join the fleet. According to the plan, the frigate Admiral Essen would deploy in the Black Sea fleet by the end of next year. A year later, the frigate Admiral Makarov would join the 30 Division. Next, the Admiral Butakov and Admiral Istomin would follow them into service. The new ships of the 30 Division will have only contract service crews. The vessels are still under construction, but crew training for them is underway”.

21 December 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/armiya-i-opk/1662861 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Sailors of the Pacific Ocean Fleet Paid Homage to the Heroes of Tsushima

Sinking of the Battleship Borodino

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During their passage of the Korea Strait near Tsushima islands, ships of the Pacific Ocean Fleet (TOF-MF), the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, replenishment tanker Ilim, and ocean tug MB-37, honoured the sacrifice of the sailors who fell in the bloody battle in May 1905 of the 2nd Pacific Squadron of Vice-Admiral Z P Rozhdestvensky with a Japanese fleet under Marshal-Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō. The Russian ships stopped at the site of ​​the tragic battle. On all ships, the crews held patriotic rallies and memorial services. Then, sailors lowered a wreath into the ocean from the Admiral Vinogradov. Transiting the Sea of ​​Japan, the ships’ crews practised manoeuvring as part of a task force. Besides this, the Admiral Vinogradov held unit exercises for its antiterrorist unit. The crews also carried out damage control exercises. At present, the ships are in the East China Sea, continuing their exercises and patrols.

3 November 2014

Minoborony Rossii official website

http://function.mil.ru/news_page/country/more.htm?id=11998318@egNews

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“Rozhdestvensky” (вице-адмирала Зиновия Рождественского) is the spelling used by the Minoborony… some other sources use “Rozhestvensky”. You pays your money and takes your choice, I guess…

BMD

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