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    Russian warships complete drills in Sea of Japan!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu May 20, 2010 2:36 am

    Russian warships complete drills in Sea of Japan

    RIA Novosti

    19/05/201021:00

    MOSCOW, May 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky completed on Wednesday a series of three-day naval exercises in the Sea of Japan, the Defense Ministry said.

    It said the Northern Fleet's cruiser had taken part in combined-arms maneuvers with a naval group from Russia's Pacific Fleet that started on Monday.

    The group included the Varyag guided-missile cruiser, the Admiral Panteleyev destroyer, the Bystry destroyer, and a number of guided-missile boats, as well as naval aircraft.

    On May 12, the Pyotr Veliky and the Moskva guided-missile cruiser, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, completed joint exercises in the South China Sea.

    The two vessels are due to arrive in Russia's Far Eastern port of Vladivostok in June-July to take part in the Vostok-2010 large-scale strategic exercise. The exact date of the drills is yet to be announced.

    Russia announced in 2007 that it was building up its naval presence across the world. Foreign port calls by Russian warships have become more frequent.

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    Russian warship to join NATO naval drills!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:26 am

    Russian warship to join NATO naval drills

    RIA Novosti

    11:57 01/06/2010

    KALININGRAD, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - An amphibious assault landing ship, the Kaliningrad, will take part in the BALTOPS-2010 naval exercises in the Baltic Sea on June 7-18, Russia's Baltic Fleet spokesman said on Tuesday.

    The BALTOPS exercise has been held annually since 1994 within the framework of the NATO Partnership for Peace Program. It is aimed to promote a mutual understanding of maritime interoperability between U.S. Navy, NATO, and non-NATO participants.

    "The [Kaliningrad] amphibious assault landing ship will carry out a range of training tasks, including joint maneuvering in a large ship formation, patrol missions and a simulated assault landing," the official said.

    The vessel is currently heading to the port of Gdansk in Poland, where several dozen warships from 14 NATO countries will team up for the upcoming exercises.

    The Russian warship visited the Belgian port of Zeebrugge in the North Sea on its way to Poland.

    The Kaliningrad entered service with the Baltic Fleet in December 1984, and has carried out training missions in the Baltic, North and Mediterranean seas, as well as more than 10 times in the Atlantic Ocean.

    Kaliningrad class ships are capable of carrying up to 500 tons of cargo, 13 tanks and more than 200 naval infantry.

    The warship represented Russia at the BALTOPS drills five times since 2003.

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    Russian, Norwegian warships conduct live fire drills at Pomor-2010!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:17 am

    Russian, Norwegian warships conduct live fire drills at Pomor-2010

    RIA Novosti

    18:29 08/06/2010 MURMANSK, June 8 (RIA Novosti) - Russian and Norwegian warships practiced firing live artillery rounds at simulated surface and aerial targets during the first stage of the Pomor-2010 naval exercises, Russia's Northern Fleet spokesman said on Tuesday.

    The Russian Northern Fleet and the Norwegian Navy are conducting the joint drills from June 7-11 in the Barents and Norwegian Seas.

    "The Russian and Norwegian ships have started practicing a wide range of drills on communications, navigation, maneuvering and coordinated firing at various targets," Vadim Serga said.

    The four-stage exercise also includes anti-submarine warfare drills, anti-piracy operations, and search-and-rescue missions.

    The Norwegian Navy is represented by guided missile frigate Otto Sverdrup, Coast Guard ship Nordkapp, the Orion patrol aircraft, F-16 fighters and Lynx helicopters, while Russia's Northern Fleet is represented by the Severomorsk destroyer, Il-38 ASW aircraft, Su-33 fighters and a Ka-27 naval helicopter.

    Intensive combat training and a continued presence in the world's oceans are priorities for the Russian Navy.

    In the second half of 2010, Russian warships will take part in a number of large-scale naval drills, continue patrolling the pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast and make about 50 foreign port calls.

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    Russia set to use naval pilot training facilities in Ukraine

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:33 am

    Russia set to use naval pilot training facilities in Ukraine

    RIA Novosti

    11:05 25/06/2010 MOSCOW, June 25 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will use facilities on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula for naval pilot training in the next few years, the Russian defense minister said on Friday.

    In line with a 1997 bilateral agreement, Russia used the Nitka Naval Pilot Training Center in Ukraine as the only training facility for its naval pilots, but Kiev has been less willing to allow Russian pilots to train at the facility in the past few years and, according to some sources, was even planning to rent it to China.

    "Russia is interested in the continuation of its naval pilot training at this [the Nitka] facility," Anatoly Serdyukov said after a session of a Russian-Ukrainian sub-committee on security.

    The Russian minister said Moscow and Kiev were preparing an agreement on the conditions of a new rental deal.

    The Nitka Center was built in the Soviet era for pilots to practice their skills in taking off from and landing on an aircraft carrier's deck.

    After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the facility remained under Ukrainian jurisdiction. The Ukrainian Navy does not have an aircraft carrier.

    The center provides naval aviation training facilities such as a launch pad, an aerofinisher, a trampoline, a catapult launching device, a glide-path localizer, a marker beacon, and an optical landing system.

    Meanwhile, Moscow has announced plans to start construction of a naval pilot training facility on the Sea of Azov in southern Russia in 2010.

    The new center will be built at an old airfield near the town of Eisk on the Sea of Azov, which is separated from the Black Sea by the Kerch Strait between the Crimean and Taman peninsulas.

    According to the head of Russia's naval pilot training, Col. Alexander Mudrenov, the new center will cost some 24 billion rubles ($730 million) and will take two years to complete.

    Russia, which has only one aircraft carrier - the Admiral Kuznetsov - is aiming to finish drafting plans for a new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for its Navy by 2012 and build at least three of the ships for its Northern and Pacific fleets.

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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:48 am


    Russian destroyer joins UN anti-piracy mission off Somalia

    RIA Novosti

    09:17 03/07/2010

    MOSCOW, July 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s Admiral Levchenko destroyer arrived in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday to resume a UN anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia, a Defense Ministry statement said.

    The previous task force was led by the Udaloy-class guided-missile destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov, which took part in freeing the Russian Moscow University tanker hijacked on May 6 by Somali pirates.

    “The Admiral Levchenko has arrived in the Gulf of Aden. The task force also includes the Olekma tanker and the tugboat SB-36 [of Russia's Black Sea Fleet],” the statement said.

    The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Horn of Africa with warships operating on a rotation basis. Russia joined international anti-piracy efforts off the Somali coast in October 2008.

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    Two Russian ships leave Far East to participate in S. Korean drills!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:38 pm


    Two Russian ships leave Far East to participate in S. Korean drills

    RIA Novosti

    04:50 04/07/2010

    VLADIVOSTOK, July 4 (RIA Novosti) - Two Russian vessels from the Russian Far Eastern regions of Primorye and Sakhalin left the port of Vladivostok early on Sunday to take part in anti-terrorist and rescue exercises in South Korea.

    The Russian FSB patrol ship Herluf Bidstrup with a Ka-27 helicopter on board and the Boug Coast Guard ship will take part in a joint exercise on July 7 in the Sea of Japan to train anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, and anti-terror efforts near the Mukho harbor in South Korea's Donghae City.

    "Two Russian and three South Korean ships, two helicopters from the Russian FSB and South Korean National Marine Police Agency, two boats and a group of special forces from both sides will participate in the drills," the regional Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) border guards department spokesman said.

    The participants will train how to cooperate in combating against illegal activities at sea, such as searching for, trailing and detaining a ship seized by terrorists, disarming criminals and freeing hostages, as well as rescuing people at sea and extinguishing fires on board caused by a bomb blast.

    The drills will be held during the Russian Coast Guard's visit to South Korea on July 6-9.

    The Russian delegation will be led by the head of the FSB's Coast Guard department, Col. Gen. Viktor Trufanov.

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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:16 am


    Russian Navy expands anti-piracy mission in Gulf of Aden
    RIA Novosti

    20:24 09/07/2010

    MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Navy has extended the convoy route in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden to 380 kilometers, the Pacific Fleet commander said on Friday.

    Adm. Konstantin Sidenko said in an interview with RIA Novosti that the decision was made following the hijacking of the Moscow University tanker in May.

    "There is an international, so-called green, three-point corridor where we escort [commercial] vessels. After that incident we extended the route, moving further from the coast and now the convoy route is 200 nautical miles, or nearly 380 kilometers," he said.

    He also said naval infantry teams board Russian as well as foreign vessels with Russian crews when they pass through the Gulf of Aden to protect them against pirate attacks.

    He stressed that Russia and China are the only two countries at present that escort civilian vessels in the Horn of Africa.

    "All other members of the international anti-piracy coalition operate in designated areas and respond on an as-needed basis," the admiral said. "In other words, our tactics are the safest for the convoy vessels."

    He said convoys are on average comprised of 10-20 vessels.

    "Whoever comes along, we don't turn them away, but ours are the most sought-after convoys," he said.

    A task force led by the RFNS DDG Admiral Levchenko, an Udaloy-class guided-missile destroyer, arrived in the Gulf of Aden on July 3 to resume the UN anti-piracy mission near Somalia. It also includes the Olekma tanker and the SB-36 tugboat of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

    The previous task force was led by the RFNS DDG Marshal Shaposhnikov that took part in releasing the Moscow University tanker hijacked on May 6.

    The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Horn of Africa with warships operating on a rotation basis. Russia joined international anti-piracy efforts off the Somali coast in October 2008.

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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:19 am


    Russia sends warship to international naval drills in N.Atlantic

    RIA Novosti

    16:13 09/07/2010

    MURMANSK, July 9 (RIA Novosti) - The Severomorsk guided-missile destroyer from Russia's Northern Fleet set sail Friday for British shores to team up with NATO warships in an international naval exercise in the North Atlantic, a fleet spokesman said.

    The Russian Navy earlier said the Frukus 2010 exercise will be held on July 22-25.

    The annual exercises, which traditionally involve France, Russia, Britain and the United States, practice interoperability for future joint operations under a UN mandate.

    Previously called RUKUS, the exercises were launched in 1988 to promote dialogue between the Soviet Union, Britain, and the United States. The name was changed to FRUKUS in 2003, when France formally joined the group.

    Severomorsk is an Udaloy-class guided-missile destroyer armed with anti-ship missiles, 30-mm and 100-mm guns, and two Ka-27 Helix helicopters.

    The Frukus 2009 drills saw the Severomorsk join forces with the French Tourville frigate, the guided-missile frigate USS Klakring and the destroyer HMS York.


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    Caspian Flotilla to retain independent status - Russian Navy

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:35 am


    Caspian Flotilla to retain independent status - Russian Navy

    RIA Novosti

    16:34 23/07/2010

    MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) - The Caspian Flotilla will retain its independent status in the process of Russian military reform, a high-ranking Navy official said on Friday.

    Earlier Russian media that the Caspian Flotilla could lose its independent status and would be placed under the operational command of the Russian Black Fleet.

    "There will not be any structural changes," the official said.

    On July 14, President Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree establishing four strategic commands in the Armed Forces and an integrated logistic support system.

    Russia's six military districts will be reorganized into four with four respective strategic commands.

    The Moscow and Leningrad military districts will be merged into the Western Military District (West Strategic Command) and will also include the Northern and Baltic Fleets.

    The North Caucasus Military District will be changed to the South Military District (South Strategic Command) and will include the Black Sea Fleet.

    The Volga-Urals Military District and the western part of the Siberian Military District will be merged to form the Central Military District (Center Strategic Command).

    The remaining part of the Siberian Military District will be merged with the Far East Military District into the East Military District (East Strategic Command) and will include the Pacific Fleet.

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    The French saved the Russian officer

    Post  Vladimir79 on Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:45 am

    The French saved the Russian officer

    Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its gratitude to the Government of France, the French military and civilian organizations for helping officer
    2010-10-15 / Viktor Litovkin

    Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its gratitude to the Government of France, the French military and civilian organizations for helping an officer of a large anti-submarine ship Admiral Levchenko, who needed urgent surgery. Reported by the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    "September 20 - it said - it was reported that one of the officers of a large anti-submarine ship Admiral Levchenko Northern Fleet of Russia, conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden, a senior lieutenant Radhika Buharmetovu for health needs emergency hospitalization. The patient's condition was extremely grave. " (According to our records, he had an acute inflammation of the pancreas. - VL) At the request of commanders of the Navy Russian Foreign Ministry immediately requested the assistance of French authorities, who immediately gave the necessary orders to its military and diplomatic representatives in Djibouti - the nearest point to the location of our battleships.

    In close coordination with the Russian Embassy in Djibouti was organized by the delivery of patient French Air Force helicopter to the hospital the French armed forces on the basis of the French Navy in Djibouti, where he was made a few steps. When there was a shortage of blood of rare groups, one member of the hospital staff invited the donor. "Willingness to become donors expressed working in Djibouti Russian citizens, as well as the crew of a hospital ship" Rainbow World "Chinese Navy, who was at that time in the waters of Djibouti", - said in a statement the Foreign Ministry. After providing necessary medical care has improved the status of lieutenant, allowing Oct. 6 to take him by plane to Moscow, the Russian Air Force and placed in the Main Military Clinical Hospital named after Burdenko for further treatment and rehabilitation of health. And as reported by "IEE" Head of the Burdenko hospital, medical service Colonel Igor Maksimov, and now the patient's condition stabilized, Radik Buharmetov on the mend.

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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  Austin on Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:30 pm

    Russian Navy to standardize its warships and submarines

    On October 29, 2010 saw the launch of the Admiral Sergei Gorshkov class frigate, the lead ship under the Navy's Project 22350. This is the first Russian capital warship designed and launched after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    Russia's naval ship-building program is gradually gaining momentum. The keels of numerous warships and submarines have already been laid, and many other ships are in the design phase. Taken together, this gives us a peek into the future of the Russian Navy for the next 10, 15 and even 20 years.

    So, what will it look like?

    Before I get to specific warships and submarines, I should note the current trend of naval development is completely different than the trend 30-35 years ago.

    What we are seeing is maximum standardization in warship and submarine designs. They all begin with a few base platforms, and from there standard equipment is added depending on the function of the warship.

    This same goes for the submarine fleet. The pressure hulls of new strategic ballistic-missile submarines and attack submarines are assembled using standardized sections.

    The submarines have standard propulsion units, as well as similar sonars and radio-electronic equipment. Essentially, they differ only in terms of their main armament.

    Strategic ballistic-missile submarines are equipped with silos which will house RSM-56 SS-NX-32 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), while attack submarines will feature multi-purpose launchers for various types of cruise missiles.

    The warships currently being developed also use standardized propulsion units, launchers, radio-electronic equipment, etc.

    The Soviet Union had realized the need for standardization by the early 1980s. At the time, its vast navy was a motley assortment of warships and submarines with limited production runs and drastically different armament and equipment.

    This made it extremely difficult to service, repair and resupply warships and submarines and to train their crews. Standardized warships, which began to be developed in the 1980s, were expected to help overhaul the navy by the mid 1990s and early 2000s. However, these plans were not realized for obvious reasons.

    Russia had inherited a scaled-down version of the Soviet navy, which was hard to service and even harder to adapt to meet new challenges. The government worked to upgrade the navy throughout the 2000s.

    The submarine fleet is the backbone of the navy

    Analysts and high-ranking Defense Ministry officials believe that the submarine fleet is still the backbone of the Russian Navy, and that it will continue to play this role in the future.

    Most important are the strategic nuclear forces accounting for 700-750 out of the 1,500 strategic nuclear warheads, which Russia plans to keep until the late 2010s.

    Barring experimental submarines and special-purpose submarines, which are traditionally veiled in secrecy, the Russian Navy will continue to receive two types of nuclear-powered submarines and two types of diesel-electric submarines in the next few years. The latter are more frequently called non-nuclear submarines featuring next-generation propulsion units.

    Eight Project 955 Borei class ballistic-missile submarines will form the foundation of the navy's strategic nuclear forces. The first submarine is currently being tested, three more are under construction, and the keels of four other submarines are to be laid in the next five to six years.

    The success of this project depends on the prompt completion of Bulava missile tests and the missile's subsequent adoption. This is a priority of the government. Hopefully, the various design problems will be solved soon.

    In the next few decades, the navy will operate Project 885 Yasen (Graney class) attack submarines. The lead submarine, the Severodvinsk, was launched in the summer of 2010.

    These heavily armed and extremely costly submarines are expected to replace 15 Project 671 Victor class, Project 945 Sierra I class and Project 949-A Oscar II submarines dating back to the Soviet period in the course of the next 15 years.

    They are to replace the 12 aging Project 971 Akula class submarines after 2025.

    One Project 885 submarine is currently being built. The keels of another six submarines are to be laid in the next six to seven years. In all, 10 to 12 Yasen submarines are to be constructed by 2025.

    The expensive Project 885 submarines are frequently derided as a luxury in the media, and Moscow is encouraged to follow the example of the United States.

    In effect, Washington has scrapped the ambitious SSN-21 Sea Wolf attack submarine program, designed as a response to the Soviet Akula class submarines, because of its prohibitive costs. Instead, the U.S. Navy has started building the much smaller Virginia class submarines.

    Moscow clearly thinks that it would be too risky and expensive to design a new submarine now. Consequently, new Yasen submarines will be built, and operational ones upgraded.

    The Russian Navy had problems developing the new Project 677 Lada diesel-electric submarines, whereas Project 877 Paltus (Kilo class) submarines continued to age rapidly. As a result, the Navy had to order upgraded Project 636-M (Kilo class) submarines once again. In August 2010, the keel of a lead Project 636-M submarine was laid for the Black Sea Fleet.

    Over the next decade, the Navy will replace obsolete Paltus submarines with improved models, while continuing to upgrade the Lada submarine. The Navy is to operate four to five Ladas, as well as 9-12 upgraded and 5-6 obsolete Paltus submarines.

    Renovating the warship fleet

    The Russian Navy is in critical condition. Nowhere is this truer than in its warship fleet.

    The Russian warship fleet has become obsolete and needs to be completely replaced because it did not receive even the meager replacements and allocations given to the submarine fleet in the past 20 years.

    The Defense Ministry has shown a preference for the cautious but probably correct strategy of renovating the warship fleet from the bottom up. This involves the construction of small and relatively cheap warships, which will eventually be followed by larger, more sophisticated and expensive ships.

    A Project 20380 Steregushchy class corvette is the first production warship to enter service with an overhauled Navy. The lead ship has already been commissioned. One more has been launched, and three more are under construction.

    Moreover, construction has begun on ocean-going warships, namely, Project 22350 Admiral Sergei Gorshkov frigates.

    These are the first post-Soviet capital warships. Once this ship-building program got underway, it became obvious that these sophisticated and expensive ships would delay the fleet's renovation.

    Consequently, it was decided to expedite the process and to begin construction on the Project 11356 Talwar class frigates, which are on a par with the new warships. Russia has already built several such ships for the Indian Navy.

    These frigates should have the same interchangeable components - including equipment and main weapons systems - as next-generation warships. Eight next-generation frigates, as well as the same number of Project 11356 warships, are to be commissioned in the next ten years.

    The Russian Navy is to receive 30 frigates and 30 corvettes in the next 20 years.

    Frigates will be followed by even larger warships. It is no secret that Russia has almost finished designing a next-generation destroyer, with a displacement of 10,000 metric tons. The new warship is to be equipped with standard launchers, a standard information-and-control system and other interchangeable equipment.

    Corvettes, frigates and next-generation destroyers will form the backbone of the Navy's warship fleet in the next 20-30 years.

    Without these new ships, it would be pointless to buy French-made Mistral class amphibious assault ships, to build them in Russia, to overhaul and refit the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and to build other aircraft carriers.

    The views expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.
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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  Viktor on Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:01 pm

    Any one of us could have wrote such article, nothing new there.
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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  IronsightSniper on Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:45 am

    Problem is why is Vlad bored enough to do all that?
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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  GarryB on Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:27 am

    Actually I appreciated Vlad doing that, it makes things a lot clearer.

    The extra effort of putting in all those drawings is also helpful as I have a few books that describe various potential boats that don't have drawings or much detail.

    It is certainly clear that the Navy needs a lot of work, and I think a smaller, more efficient navy is probably more important to Russia as a global power than all those tanks she has.

    Superpowers in the last century or so get their global reach from their navies. It is not about being a bully, or rattling the sabre... it is about having substance behind the words... Russia found during the Kosovo crisis... as did the US find during the war in Georgia in 2008 that if you can't project power by air or sea or land then you are a spectator.
    Of course in the case of Kosovo land and air routes were clearly blocked by "new europe". A naval presence might have had an effect if there had been something that could be sent to stay for the two months it took.
    For the US, they had the navy, they just didn't have the access.
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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  Viktor on Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:38 am

    My thoughts was with Ilya Kramnik, the author of article Austin posted.
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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  GarryB on Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:01 am

    Some times it is useful to spell out all the problems and things needing to be done.

    Dwelling on them too much can be harmful too.

    Overnight solutions are for Hollywood... it is going to take time and money and will.

    Evaluating where they are at is a good way to measure progress or lack of it so attention goes where it is needed most.

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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  Austin on Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:08 am

    I am really happy they are serial producing the Yasen SSGN in big numbers to replace Victor,Sierra and Oscar 2.

    Yasen is one good submarine which brings technology parity with west and has better fire power , I think serial producing it will reduce the cost as well.

    For the Akula replacement they are building new gen of small submarines 6000 T which are SSN and will replace Akula post 2025 , they are researching on this since early 2000.

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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:37 pm


    Russia to rotate naval task force off Somalia coast in December

    RIA Novosti

    05:30 04/11/2010

    MOSCOW, November 4 (RIA Novosti) - Russian warships will continue patrolling commercial shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden in 2011 to help thwart frequent pirate attacks on merchant ships, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

    A Pacific Fleet's task force led by the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer will replace the current naval group led by Northern Fleet's Admiral Levchenko destroyer in December, the official said on Wednesday.

    "Warships from the Russian Navy will continue their regular presence in the Gulf of Aden and around the Horn of Africa in 2011," he said.

    Admiral Vinogradov carried out its first anti-piracy mission off the Somali coast in January-March 2009.

    The current task force led by Admiral Levchenko, an Udaloy class guided-missile destroyer, arrived in the Gulf of Aden on July 3 to join the international anti-piracy mission near Somalia. The Russian naval group also includes the Olekma tanker and the SB-36 tugboat of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

    The Russian task force has successfully escorted 13 commercial convoys with a total of 57 vessels through pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast since its arrival in the area.

    The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Horn of Africa since October 2008, with warships operating on a rotation basis.

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    Two Russian ASW planes interrupt U.S.-Japanese drills

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:02 pm


    Two Russian ASW planes interrupt U.S.-Japanese drills
    RIA Novosti

    05:36 08/12/2010

    TOKYO, December 8 (RIA Novosti) - A joint U.S.-Japanese military exercise in the Sea of Japan was suspended when two Russian Il-38 May anti-submarine aircraft flew over the area, the NHK channel said on Wednesday citing the Japanese defense ministry.

    The biennial Keen Sword drills were suspended amid fears that the Russian aircraft may obtain top-secret data, the channel reported.

    Around 34,000 Japanese military personnel with 40 warships and 250 aircraft joined more than 10,000 U.S. troops with 20 warships and 150 aircraft in the drills in the Sea of Japan, off the southern island of Okinawa.

    The agenda of the exercises, which will continue until December 10, include integrated air and missile defense, base security, close-air support, live-fire drills, maritime defense and search and rescue missions.

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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:40 am


    Russian warships visit Sri Lanka, head to Gulf of Aden

    RIA Novosti

    02:15 11/12/2010

    VLADIVOSTOK, December 11 (RIA Novosti) - A Pacific Fleet's task force led by the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer will complete on Saturday a three-day visit to Sri Lanka and head to the Gulf of Aden to fight sea piracy in the region.

    The visit to the port of Colombo coincided with the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka's Navy.

    "During the friendly stay the Russian sailors visited the mayor's office and several military facilities," a spokesman for Russia's Pacific Fleet said.

    The Admiral Vinogradov destroyer is accompanied on the current mission by a salvage tug and the Pechenga tanker.

    The task force is to replace the naval group led by Northern Fleet's Admiral Levchenko Udaloy class guided-missile destroyer. The group, which also includes the Olekma tanker and the SB-36 tugboat of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, arrived in the Gulf of Aden on July 3.

    The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Horn of Africa since October 2008, with warships operating on a rotation basis.

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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

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    Russian Black Sea Fleet to join NATO naval drills in 2011

    The Russian Black Sea Fleet will take part for the first time in NATO's Bold Monarch exercise next year, its commander said on Friday.

    "Ahead of us [next year] are tactical drills involving multiple task forces, Russian-Turkish exercises under the Black Sea Partnership program and the NATO drills, Bold Monarch, which the Black Sea Fleet will take part in for the first time," Vice Adm. Vladimir Korolyov said.

    Bold Monarch is a major NATO live submarine escape and rescue exercise, involving ships, aircraft and submarines. It will be held next year in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Spain, on June 1-9.

    Korolyov also said that the Black Sea Fleet was scheduled to hold joint drills with Ukraine and Italy, and continue its participation in Operation Black Sea Harmony in 2011.

    SEVASTOPOL, December 17 (RIA Novosti)
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    Russia's Naval ship-building program:

    Post  GarryB on Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:17 am

    October 29, 2010 saw the launch of the Admiral Sergei Gorshkov class frigate, the lead ship of the Navy's Project 22350 class. This is the first large Russian surface warship designed and launched since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    Russia's naval ship-building program is gradually gaining momentum. The keels of numerous warships and submarines have already been laid, and many other ships are in the design phase. Taken together, this gives us a peek into the future of the Russian Navy for the next 10, 15 and even 20 years.

    So, what will it look like?

    Before I get to specific warships and submarines, I should note the current trend of naval development is completely different than the trend 30-35 years ago.

    What we are seeing is maximum standardization in warship and submarine designs. They all begin with a few base platforms, and from there standard equipment is added depending on the function of the warship.

    This same goes for the submarine fleet. The pressure hulls of new strategic ballistic-missile submarines and attack submarines are assembled using standardized sections.

    The submarines have standard propulsion units, as well as similar sonars and radio-electronic equipment. Essentially, they differ only in terms of their main armament.

    Strategic ballistic-missile submarines are equipped with silos which will house RSM-56 SS-NX-32 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), while attack submarines will feature multi-purpose launchers for various types of cruise missiles.

    The warships currently being developed also use standardized propulsion units, launchers, radio-electronic equipment, etc.

    The Soviet Union had realized the need for standardization by the early 1980s. At the time, its vast navy was a motley assortment of warships and submarines with limited production runs and drastically different armament and equipment.

    This made it extremely difficult to service, repair and resupply warships and submarines and to train their crews. Standardized warships, which began to be developed in the 1980s, were expected to help overhaul the navy by the mid 1990s and early 2000s. However, these plans were not realized for obvious reasons.

    Russia had inherited a scaled-down version of the Soviet navy, which was hard to service and even harder to adapt to meet new challenges. The government worked to upgrade the navy throughout the 2000s.

    The submarine fleet is the backbone of the navy

    Analysts and high-ranking Defense Ministry officials believe that the submarine fleet is still the backbone of the Russian Navy, and that it will continue to play this role in the future.

    Most important are the strategic nuclear forces accounting for 700-750 out of the 1,500 strategic nuclear warheads, which Russia plans to keep until the late 2010s.

    Barring experimental submarines and special-purpose submarines, which are traditionally veiled in secrecy, the Russian Navy will continue to receive two types of nuclear-powered submarines and two types of diesel-electric submarines in the next few years. The latter are more frequently called non-nuclear submarines featuring next-generation propulsion units.

    Eight Project 955 Borei class ballistic-missile submarines will form the foundation of the navy's strategic nuclear forces. The first submarine is currently being tested, three more are under construction, and the keels of four other submarines are to be laid in the next five to six years.

    The success of this project depends on the prompt completion of Bulava missile tests and the missile's subsequent adoption. This is a priority of the government. Hopefully, the various design problems will be solved soon.

    In the next few decades, the navy will operate Project 885 Yasen (Graney class) attack submarines. The lead submarine, the Severodvinsk, was launched in the summer of 2010.

    These heavily armed and extremely costly submarines are expected to replace 15 Project 671 Victor class, Project 945 Sierra I class and Project 949-A Oscar II submarines dating back to the Soviet period in the course of the next 15 years.

    They are to replace the 12 aging Project 971 Akula class submarines after 2025.

    One Project 885 submarine is currently being built. The keels of another six submarines are to be laid in the next six to seven years. In all, 10 to 12 Yasen submarines are to be constructed by 2025.

    The expensive Project 885 submarines are frequently derided as a luxury in the media, and Moscow is encouraged to follow the example of the United States.

    In effect, Washington has scrapped the ambitious SSN-21 Sea Wolf attack submarine program, designed as a response to the Soviet Akula class submarines, because of its prohibitive costs. Instead, the U.S. Navy has started building the much smaller Virginia class submarines.

    Moscow clearly thinks that it would be too risky and expensive to design a new submarine now. Consequently, new Yasen submarines will be built, and operational ones upgraded.

    The Russian Navy had problems developing the new Project 677 Lada diesel-electric submarines, whereas Project 877 Paltus (Kilo class) submarines continued to age rapidly. As a result, the Navy had to order upgraded Project 636-M (Kilo class) submarines once again. In August 2010, the keel of a lead Project 636-M submarine was laid for the Black Sea Fleet.

    Over the next decade, the Navy will replace obsolete Paltus submarines with improved models, while continuing to upgrade the Lada submarine. The Navy is to operate four to five Ladas, as well as 9-12 upgraded and 5-6 obsolete Paltus submarines.

    Renovating the warship fleet

    The Russian Navy is in critical condition. Nowhere is this truer than in its warship fleet.

    The Russian warship fleet has become obsolete and needs to be completely replaced because it did not receive even the meager replacements and allocations given to the submarine fleet in the past 20 years.

    The Defense Ministry has shown a preference for the cautious but probably correct strategy of renovating the warship fleet from the bottom up. This involves the construction of small and relatively cheap warships, which will eventually be followed by larger, more sophisticated and expensive ships.

    A Project 20380 Steregushchy class corvette is the first production warship to enter service with an overhauled Navy. The lead ship has already been commissioned. One more has been launched, and three more are under construction.

    Moreover, construction has begun on ocean-going warships, namely, Project 22350 Admiral Sergei Gorshkov frigates.

    These are the first post-Soviet capital warships. Once this ship-building program got underway, it became obvious that these sophisticated and expensive ships would delay the fleet's renovation.

    Consequently, it was decided to expedite the process and to begin construction on the Project 11356 Talwar class frigates, which are on a par with the new warships. Russia has already built several such ships for the Indian Navy.

    These frigates should have the same interchangeable components - including equipment and main weapons systems - as next-generation warships. Eight next-generation frigates, as well as the same number of Project 11356 warships, are to be commissioned in the next ten years.

    The Russian Navy is to receive 30 frigates and 30 corvettes in the next 20 years.

    Frigates will be followed by even larger warships. It is no secret that Russia has almost finished designing a next-generation destroyer, with a displacement of 10,000 metric tons. The new warship is to be equipped with standard launchers, a standard information-and-control system and other interchangeable equipment.

    Corvettes, frigates and next-generation destroyers will form the backbone of the Navy's warship fleet in the next 20-30 years.

    Without these new ships, it would be pointless to buy French-made Mistral class amphibious assault ships, to build them in Russia, to overhaul and refit the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and to build other aircraft carriers.

    The views expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.

    17:23 02/11/2010
    RIA Novosti military commentator Ilya Kramnik

    http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20101102/161183586.html

    So they are standardising hulls, propulsion, weapons, sensors, etc etc. That should be a huge improvement...
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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  Viktor on Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:59 pm

    I have a feeling to slow is this progress in comparison with wishes.

    To few new keels for new ships and subs is being laid on to match construction schedule by 2020.

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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  GarryB on Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:31 am

    That is only to be expected isn't it?

    Once they start, especially with their focus on everything all brand new and up to date, I really don't think they had an idea of how expensive it would all turn out to be.

    They are used to cheap knock down prices for military stuff and you can do that if you neglect the factories and most stuff is hand made, but factory robots are not cheap, and new high tech stuff is not cheap either... especially when you are buying licences to produce as well.
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    Re: Russian Navy: Status & News #1

    Post  runaway on Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:35 pm

    MEDIUM-SIZE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS (HEAVY AIRCRAFT-CARRYING CRUISERS)
    On this subject we speak only about plans for the future. In 2012 Sevmash shipyard will kick off modernization of Northern Fleet's medium-size aircraft carrier (heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser) Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov. The upgraded ship will be launched in 2017. Modernization program implies total replacement of weapons and radioelectronics. The carrier's air group is expected to be increased, too. Presently, the ship is capable to accommodate 26 deck-based fighters Su-33 and MiG-29K, and 24 antisubmarine helicopters – eighteen Ka-27 or Ka-29, two Ka-27PS and four Ka-31. In the course of modernization, the carrier will be armed with shipborne version of SAM system Pantsir.


    CRUISERS

    Admiral Nakhimov. RusNavy.com All currently laid up Orlan class nuclear-powered missile cruisers (Project 11442) will be re-commissioned into the Navy till 2020. Cruisers Admiral Nakhimov, Admiral Lazarev, and Admiral Ushakov will join Russian Navy again after modernization within 10 years. Upgraded like Petr Veliky, those ships will constitute the core of Russian Navy.


    DESTROYERS
    Russia has started development of a new generation destroyer. It is planned to complete project design of the stealth ship within the next 30 months. That is going to be a multipurpose destroyer armed with advanced missile and artillery weapon systems.

    In April 2010 Severnaya Verf shipyard completed modernization of Project 1155 destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov. Lead ship if the project had undergone general modernization and started sea trials in mid-April. Modernization works included replacement of arms systems and life support systems.

    Presently, Russian Navy has seven Project 1155 destroyers in inventory, including Admiral Tributs, Marshal Shaposhnikov, Severomorsk, Admiral Levchenko, Admiral Vinogradov, Admiral Kharlamov, Admiral Panteleev, and one destroyer build under upgraded project 11551 – Admiral Chabanenko.

    Besides, there are 7 destroyers built under Project 956 Sarych – Burnyi, Bystryi, Bezboyaznennyi, Bezuderzhnyi, Bespokoinyi, Nastoichivyi, and Besstrashnyi.


    FRIGATES
    In October 2010 Severnaya Verf shipyard will launch the lead ship of Project 22350 frigate Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Gorshkov which will be commissioned in 2011. The first serial frigate of the project – Admiral Flota Kasatonov – is under construction at Severnaya Verf. The frigate is planned to join Russian Navy in 2012.


    CORVETTES

    Stereguschiy. prospekta.net.ru First serial corvette of Project 20380 – Soobrazitelny – was launched on March 31 at Severnaya Verf. Lead ship of this project, corvette Stereguschiy was commissioned into Baltic Fleet in October 2008. Navy command appraises the need of corvette class ships as 30. Soobrazitelny is the first serial ship of the project and was built just in time specified by the orderer.

    Three other corvettes of this project are in various stages of completeness at Severnaya Verf shipyard – Storozhevoi, Boiky, and Stoiky. Sea trials of corvette Soobrazitelny are scheduled in October-December 2010.

    According to Kommersant, soon Russian defense ministry will issue a tender for a project of new prospective corvette which will shift Project 20380 corvettes.



    Now thats all good news. The Kirovs are awesome ships, togehter with Mistrals they will certainly give the Japanese a scare in the pacific. The Kurils will be well defended.

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