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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Russian Navy Gets Admiral Makarov Frigate

Baltic Shipbuilding Plant “Yantar” (United Shipbuilding Corporation, Kaliningrad) has delivered the Admiral Makarov frigate, third ship of Project 11356, to Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation. According to the shipyard, the acceptance/delivery certificate has been signed today, 25 December 2017, by Eduard Yevimov, Yantar Director General, and Capt 1 rank  Aleksey Poteshkin, Chairman of State Acceptance Commission. Admiral Makarov was laid down in early 2012 in Kaliningrad and was launched in 2015 to commence sea trials.

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Russia: 6th Yasen-Class Nuclear Sub

Russia's sixth Yasen-class nuclear submarine will be laid down at the Sevmash ship-building company in the city of Severodvinsk on July 29, reports RIA Novosti. The Navy currently possesses one Yasen-class submarine, the Severodvinsk, with four more vessels of this class under construction and two, including the Perm, yet to be laid down. "The submarine will be called 'Perm.' The laying down of the vessel is timed to take place close to the Navy Day, celebrated on July 31," the newspaper said quoting source.

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Russian Sub 'Stary Oskol' Enters Black Sea

Russia’s Stary Oskol submarine, the third boat in Project 636.3 series for the Black Sea Fleet, on a voyage to its permanent base has passed the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits, TASS quoted the Black Sea Fleet spokesman Vyacheslav Trukhachev as saying. Stary Oskol is the third submarine in the series of six submarines built for the Black Sea Fleet at the Admiralty Verfi Shipyards in St. Petersburg. The Russian Black Sea Fleet currently operates four Project 636.3 submarines. The fleet is to receive a total of six submarines of this project.

Vladimir Monomakh. Pic: Russian Navy

Nuclear Sub Vladimir Monomakh to Join Pacific Fleet

TASS reports that Vladimir Monomakh Borey class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (Project 955) will complete the voyage to the Pacific Fleet before the yearend, quoting Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Korolev. The Russian Navy has started receiving fourth-generation Project 955 Borei-class (Dolgorukiy-class) submarines recently. It has three of them now - the Yuri Dolgoruky, Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh. The Prince Vladimir is due for delivery to the Pacific Fleet next year. Four more ships in the class are due before 2020.

INS Vikramaditya. Photo: Indian Navy

Gas Leak on INS Vikramaditya Kills 2 on Board

Two people, including a sailor, were killed and two others injured after inhaling toxic fumes on board India's aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya at Karwar Naval base in Karnataka. The condition of two others injured was stable and constantly being monitored in the Naval Hospital, Karwar, said officials. "The incident of gas leakage took place yesterday evening while the ship was undergoing maintenance repairs in the sewage treatment plant compartment," said a statement issued by Indian navy.

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Russian Navy Launches Varshavyanka-class Sub

The sixth diesel-electric submarine for Russia's Black Sea fleet was launched Tuesday at a shipyard in St. Petersburg, says Russian News Agency TASS . The Varshavyanka-class sub, named Kolpino, is an advanced version of what NATO designates as a Kilo-class submarine. The launch ceremony has been attended by Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Aleksandr Fedotenkov, Saint-Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko and  USC President Aleksei Rakhmanov. "It’s a big day for the Navy, for St. Petersburg, for the country. The submarine launch is a national event.

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Zvezda Delivers Nuke-Sub to Russian Navy

Zvezda shipyard (Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center) held a solemn ceremony dedicated to Submariner’s Day and to the end of overhaul of nuclear-powered cruiser Kuzbass, says press center of Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center. CEO of Zvezda shipyard Yuri Filchenok and Acting Armaments Commander, Pacific Fleet, Rear Admiral Igor Korolev, signed the acceptance/delivery papers at the pier during the ceremony. The Project 971 submarine was laid down July 28, 1991 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and launched May 18, 1992.

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Vietnam Gets Fifth Submarine from Russia

The fifth of the six Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam purchased from Russia has arrived at Cam Ranh Bay, Thanh Nien news reported. The submarine, which was delivered by a Dutch-registered cargo ship, laid anchor near the Cam Ranh Port. Vietnam purchased the six submarines for $2 billion in 2009. The sixth submarine is undergoing sea trials in Russia and is expected to arrive in the middle of 2016. The fourth submarine, codenamed HQ-185 Da Nang, arrived at Cam Ranh Port back in July.

Rostov-on-Don. Photo by Russian Navy

Russia Launches Syria Submarine Strikes

Russian media reports that a Russian diesel-electric submarine operating submerged in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday launched Kalibr cruise missiles at  Islamic State terrorists’ (ISIL) vital facilities for first time in Syria. Agence France-Presse, citing Russian news agencies, reported that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the military had launched strikes in Syria for the first time from a submarine stationed in the Mediterranean. The 3M-54 Kalibr missiles were launched from the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine “Rostov-on-Don”…

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Russian Navy Trying Hard for Facelift

Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many projects have faced lengthy delays and cost overruns, says a report in Center for International Maritime Security. As a result, some of the most prominent naval procurement projects have been scaled back, while others have been postponed for years at a time. The delays and cost overruns are the result of a long-term decline in naval research and development…

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Fincantieri Launches Nuclear Waste Vessel for Russia

Itarus, the new semisubmersible floating platform built to transport Russia’s nuclear materials, was launched at a ceremony on November 19 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia. Built by Fincantieri for the Russian RosRAO, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise for radioactive waste management, the vessel will be used for the transportation of nuclear submarine reactor compartments decommissioned by the Russian Navy from the storage area of Sayda Bay to the Nerpa Shipyard (and vice-versa), facing the Kola Peninsula in the Barents Sea.

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Russian Spy Ship near US Nuke Submarine Bases

Fox News and the Washington Free Beacon reported the presence of a  top Russian spy ship off the coast of Kings Bay, Georgia and is capable of cutting undersea cables. The Pentagon responded to the media reports that it was closely being monitored by defense agencies but declined to give a location of the Russian vessel. "The U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft and satellites are closely watching the Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes," say Pentagon officials.

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

Russian-Chinese Naval Drills End

The second phase of the Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 naval maneuvers has officially ended outside the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, says spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov. "Today, the exercise commanders from the Chinese and Russian sides announced in their joint headquarters the end of the Joint Sea-2015 (II) drills," he said in an official statement. "The exercise marks not only the first time People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and Russian…

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Latvia Spots Russian Submarine

The National Armed Forces of Latvia said they found a submarine on Sunday and a group of Russian warships in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia. The Sputnik reports that the Armed Forces saw Russian Kilo-class sub and a Tarantul-class corvette between four and six nautical miles off the country's maritime border. It is reported that several courts of the Russian armed forces identified a short distance from the boundary of the territorial waters of Latvia. Earlier it was reported that the armed forces of Latvia counted nine Russian military aircraft on its border for days.

Borei-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). Photo by US Naval Institute

Russian Submarines in Alaska?

Russia is expected to finish the construction of a submarine base on the Kamchatka Peninsula by the end of October. "Upgrades to the Russian Navy’s ballistic nuclear missile submarine (SSBN) base in the Pacific could be completed by October, Russian Navy chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov said," says USNI News. The improvements to the Russian Navy’s boomer base on the Kamchatka peninsula will include improvements that will allow the operation of the new Project 955 Borei-class submarines.

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Russia Builds Yasen-class Submarines

Russia is going to complete building a series of seven Yasen-class nuclear submarines by 2023, says Vladimir Dorofeyev, CEO of the Malakhit Marine Engineering Design Bureau. According to previous reports, the state armaments program for the period until 2020 envisaged construction of 8 Yasen class submarines. In addition, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Viktor Chirkov said that after that the series would be continued. "In accordance with the state armaments program, the project to build a series of 7 submarines will be completed after 2023," Dorofeyev said.

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Russian Navy Performs Anti-Submarine Drills

Russia’s Northern Fleet has completed naval exercises in the Barents Sea, Defense Ministry’s head of the Northern Fleet’s press service said. The naval exercises included anti-ship, anti-submarine drills with torpedoes and depth charges. "During exercises in the designated area of the Barents Sea, ships from the Kola Flotilla from various forces of the Northern Fleet, which included search and strike groups, the search for submarines was conducted and anti-ship maneuvering and searching for submarines was developed using anti-ship aviation," Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said.

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China, Russia Conclude Naval Drill

Russia and China naval forces concluded their first-ever joint military exercise in the Mediterranean Sea this morning, according to an online news briefing from the Chinese Defense Ministry. The naval drill code-named “Joint Sea 2015” was held from May 17 to 21 and involved nine ships from both countries. On Wednesday, the two navies conducted replenishment and escort exercises. "Naval forces of both countries made concerted efforts to explore new formats of joint exercises, and learn valuable experience from each other…

Mistral helicopter carriers. Pic by Defence Market Intelligence

Mistral Deal - A Storm Brewing at Sea

While France is seeking a way to cancel its contract to deliver two helicopter carriers to the Russian navy, Russia wants 1.163 billion euros ($1.32 billion) from France in compensation for nixing the deal. President Francois Hollande is under pressure from Western allies to scrap the deal because of Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis. France has offered Russia its terms to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis, but Moscow judged the sum as unacceptable.

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Russian, Chinese Navies Grow Even Closer

Russian “joint maritime -2015 (1)” today (May 11) officially launched a joint military exercise, the exercise will continue until 21 May, reports Chinese state news agency Xinhua. It is the first time the two countries have held joint military exercises in the area and will also the furthest conducted by PLA Navy vessels from their home ports, although the scale of the drills is limited. China has deployed three ships and two shipboard helicopters for the exercises, led by the Russian Navy. Russia has sent six vessels to the exercises that conclude on May 21.

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Russia Launches Quietest Submarine in the World

Russia has launched the fourth of its Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines. Admiralty Shipyards - a Russian defense company - held a ceremonial launching for its newest Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines. According to the company’s website, the commander of Russia's Navy, Viktor Chirkov, attended the ceremony. Dubbed the Krasnodar, the vessel is the fourth of a planned six upgraded Kilo-class subs Russia is constructing under Project 636. Novorossiysk, the lead submarine of the series…

Admiral Vladimirsky on Round-the-world Voyage

On 18 August, the Admiral Vladimirsky oceanographic research ship of the Baltic Fleet will leave St. Petersburg and then set sail on an unprecedented round-the-world voyage. "The Russian Navy, after more than 30 years, is returning to round-the-world voyages," said the head of navigation and oceanography of the Russian Ministry of Defence, captain of 1st rank, Sergey Travin. According to him, preparation of the training vessel is fully complete. The route of the ship will include the Baltic…

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Russia Sinks Ship to Create Obstacle

According to multiple media reports including The Sydney Morning Herald (smh.com.au) as well as Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the the Russian Navy reportedly sank one of its own, junked vessels to create an obstacle, a Ukrainian official claimed. Ukraine Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Mazepa was quoted as saying that Russian sailors pulled the anti-submarine vessel Ochakov out of a naval junkyard and sank it in the straits that connect the Black Sea with a body of water known as Donuzlav Lake. “The Russian Navy Ochakov Kara-class cruiser was sunk . . .

Russian Navy Submarines to be More Anonymous

Russian navy will reintroduce Soviet practice and remove control tower emblems and markings to make identification more difficult. The huge and highly visible emblems in the front on the submarines’ towers make it too easy to figure out which of them sailing or not, believes the main command of the Russian Navy. Now, the order has been given to paint over the emblems and numbers on the submarine superstructure, reports the Barents Observer. All Russian submarines have different naval numbers and names.

Russian Navy  Project 2-380 corvette: Photo credit Russian Navy

Russian Navy 8-year Expansion Program

Russia will get 78 warships in total by the end of 2020 according to Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu. In the frame of the program Russian Navy will receive 8 strategic nuclear-powered submarines, 16 general purpose submarines and 54 surface warships of varied classes. The Russian Navy will receive 24 warships by 2016: 6 nuclear-powered submarines and 18 surface ships, and in addition the military will get 30 special operations and countersabotage boats. The projects and classes of warships were not specified.

Russia Starts Arctic NSR Surveillance Flights

Russia to patrol the Arctic on a regular basis, overflying international waters above the Arctic Ocean & along the Northern Sea Route. Russia will now be patrolling the Arctic on a regular basis. The aircraft take off from Northern Fleet airbases in the Murmansk and Vologda regions, reports the Barents Observer. The Russian Navy patrol aircraft monitor the pack-ice near the Northern Sea Route to assist navigation for civilian ships in Arctic regions, and the flights are conducted according to international regulations and without infringing the borders of other nations…