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Saturday, 27 August 2016

27 August 2016. A Photo Essay… HH Visited Severomorsk to Bless the Fleet

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The Church, by tradition, blesses Christian warriors and their weapons prior to their going to war. At present, the USA thunders aggression… therefore, HH visits the forces and blesses them for possible conflict. I, for one, wish that no war ensues… however, that’s completely in the hands of the USA, for Russia doesn’t want war. The likes of Clinton, Trump, and Johnson give me no cause for optimism (the support given by clueless rightwing ROCOR sorts to Trump is ignorant self-hatred of the highest order)… Stein is the only peace candidate.

I pray for peace… but the juvenile fecklessness of toddler Anglo America gives me little hope… their greed, vacuity, and hubris knows no bounds…

BMD

Friday, 12 August 2016

Sixteen Years Ago Today… In Remembrance of the K141 “Kursk” and Her Crew

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СВЕТЛАЯ ПАМЯТЬ … BRIGHT MEMORY

On 12 August 2000, an accident in a training exercise in the Barents Sea led to the disaster of the sinking of the PLARK K 141 Kursk, a  Nuclear-powered Cruise Missile Submarine (SSGN/PLARK) of the Project 949A Antei class. The Kursk ended on the seafloor 108 metres below the surface. We remember; we mourn! This was one of the most tragic dates at the beginning of the third millennium. K141 Kursk was laid down in Severodvinsk in 1992, launched in May 1994, and joined the fleet on 30 December 1994. From 1995 to 2000, it was a unit of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Federation. In March 1995, Bishop Ioann, Rector of the Belgorodsky Seminary, blessed the submarine and its crewmen. Then, Vladyki Ioann gave the ship a copy of the 700-year-old icon of the Most Holy Birthgiver of Kursk; he also gave each submariner a small icon of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, to be a protector and intercessor. In 1999, during an operation off Yugoslavia, Kursk covertly surveilled the US Navy warship Theodore Roosevelt, whose planes were bombing Yugoslavia. During this time, Kursk completed five simulated attacks on the Roosevelt, all of which were successful. On 12 August 2000, Kursk took part in exercises, with 24 cruise missiles and a full load of torpedoes onboard. The Kursk tried to launch cruise missiles at a target, but an accident occurred… the sub sank to the ocean floor 108 metres under the surface of the Barents Sea, 175 kilometres from Severomorsk. Captain of the First Rank Lyachin and the entire crew died… in all, there were 118 victims. Later on, the Navy returned the remains of the majority of them to the surface and buried them together. On 26 August 2000, President Putin signed a decree honouring the memory of the crew. On 11 September 2000, one of the mountains in the central Caucasus mountain range received the name “Kursk”… to commemorate the crew of the submarine.

11 August 2016

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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!

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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

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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 

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