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    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:29 am

    Russian task force arrives in Gulf of Aden on anti-piracy mission
    RIA Novosti

    30/07/200913:53

    VLADIVOSTOK, July 30 (RIA Novosti) - A new task force from Russia's Pacific Fleet has arrived in the Gulf of Aden to fight piracy off the Somali coast, a fleet spokesman said on Thursday.

    The task force, comprising the Admiral Tributs destroyer with two helicopters, a salvage tug, a tanker, and a naval infantry unit, will escort commercial ships, conduct aerial reconnaissance, and search for suspected pirate vessels.

    "The task force arrived in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday and will soon start to form a convoy of commercial ships to be escorted to a secure shipping lane," Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said.

    The Admiral Tributs is an Udaloy-class missile destroyer, armed with anti-ship missiles, 30-mm and 100-mm guns, and Ka-27 Helix helicopters

    Around 35 warships from the navies of 16 countries are currently deployed off Somalia's coast to counter frequent pirate attacks on key trade routes.

    The Russian Navy joined international anti-piracy efforts off Somali coast in October 2008.

    Three Russian warships have so far participated in the mission - the Baltic Fleet's Neustrashimy (Fearless) frigate, and the Pacific Fleet's Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev destroyers.

    A total of 126 vessels have been attacked with 44 of them captured since the start of the year in the region. Somali pirates are currently holding around 270 hostages on at least 16 vessels.

    According to the United Nations, Somali pirates collected $150 million in ransom payments from ship owners last year, while overall losses from piracy were estimated at $13-16 billion, including the soaring cost of insurance and protection for vessels, as well as sending ships on longer routes to avoid high-risk areas.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2009/07/mil-090730-rianovosti02.htm

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    [b]Russian Subs Patrolling Off US Coast[/b]

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:26 pm

    Russian Subs Patrolling Off US Coast

    By LOLITA C. BALDOR, AP
    WASHINGTON (Aug. 5) - Two nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines have been patrolling in international waters off the East Coast for several days, in activity reminiscent of the Cold War, defense officials said Tuesday.
    In Moscow, a top Russian general says two nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines that have been spotted off the U.S. East Coast are part of regular patrols.
    Anatoly Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff of Russia's armed forces, said the patrols are not newsworthy. Nogovitsyn said Russia resumed the submarine patrols after restarting strategic bomber patrol flights in 2007
    U.S. Northern Command would not comment on the Russian submarines' movement. But in a prepared statement, Northern Command spokesman Michael Kucharek acknowledged the patrols and said the U.S. has been monitoring the two submarines.

    Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP
    Russian Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, seen speaking to the media in Moscow on Wednesday, said the submarine patrols were "a normal thing."

    Two senior U.S. officials, however, said the submarines had been patrolling several hundred miles off the coast and so far had done nothing to provoke U.S. military concerns. The officials provided details on condition of anonymity in order to discuss intelligence reports.
    While the incident raises eyebrows, it did not trigger the more intense reaction by the U.S. military that Russia prompted when two of its bombers buzzed an American aircraft carrier in the western Pacific in February 2008. U.S. fighter planes intercepted the two Russian fighters, including one that flew directly over the USS Nimitz twice at an altitude of about 2,000 feet.
    The event did not escalate beyond that, but it signaled a more aggressive military agenda by Moscow.
    The latest incident, which was first reported by The New York Times, comes amid increased Russian military activity in the region, and as the Obama administration works to thaw tense relations with Moscow over plans for a missile defense system in Central Europe.
    Just last week a senior Pentagon official said the administration is looking at options for the plan, which would install 10 interceptors in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic. Assistant Secretary of Defense Alexander Vershbow told Congress members that the Obama administration is looking at various configurations as part of its review of missile defense plans.
    Russia, meanwhile, conducted naval exercises with Venezuela last year in the Caribbean and sent one of its warships through the Panama Canal for the first time since World War II. The exercises with Venezuela were the first deployment of Russian ships to the Western Hemisphere since the Cold War.
    Officials said they became aware of the most recent submarine activity off the East Coast early on through intelligence sources and were not notified by Moscow in advance of the patrols. They said the submarines have not crossed into U.S. waters, which extend 12 miles out into the ocean.
    The statement issued by Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command said, "We have been monitoring them during transit and recognize the right of all nations to exercise freedom of navigation in international waters according to international law."


    http://news.aol.com/article/russian-nuclear-submarines-patrol-us/603540

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    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:42 pm

    U.S. tracks unexpected Russian subs off east coast
    RIA Novosti

    10:44 05/08/2009 WASHINGTON, August 5 (RIA Novosti) - The Pentagon is concerned by the unexpected presence of two Russian submarines in international waters off the U.S. coast, although a Russian official said the patrol was not unusual.

    The NewYork Times reported late on Tuesday that the two submarines had been in the area for several days. The newspaper quoted Defense Department officials as saying one of the Akula-class vessels remained 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the coast, while the location of the second was not clear.

    One of the submarines is an Akula II nuclear-powered attack submarine, considered the quietest and deadliest of all Russian nuclear-powered attack submarines.

    A Pentagon spokesman acknowledged the report. "We have no comment about this. But we are aware of what is happening," he told RIA Novosti by telephone.

    Defense Department officials expressed concern to the New York Times about the presence of the vessels due to the unexpected nature of their appearance, but were not worried about the U.S. military's ability to track them.

    A U.S. military expert told the paper that it was probably 15 years since two submarines had carried out such a patrol.

    That assessment was rejected by a high-ranking Russian Navy source, who told RIA Novosti that the submarines' presence near U.S. waters was not unusual as Russian vessels had never stopped patrolling the world's ocean.

    "Even during the fleet's most difficult times in the mid-1990s, Russian submarines put to sea on active alert for patrols. This practice continues to this day," the official said.

    The Russian Navy has been more active in recent years, increasing its presence on the world's oceans and carrying out exercises with foreign navies, including in Venezuela last December.

    In mid-July the Russian Navy launched two missiles from submarines in the Arctic Ocean. The test was hailed by an intelligence source as a success as the United States had not known about the location of the submarines prior to the launch.

    The source said that the launch area, covered by ice floe, was heavily patrolled by Russian attack submarines and the Americans were unable to detect the arrival of two strategic submarines before the launch.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2009/08/mil-090805-rianovosti02.htm

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    Post  Stealthflanker on Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:44 am

    good news..at least we know that those Akulas still have teeth Very Happy

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:10 am

    If we can just get Bulava working properly... Rolling Eyes

    The fact the USN hasn't been able to track these subs for the last 15 years speaks volumes. Very Happy

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Stealthflanker on Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:10 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:If we can just get Bulava working properly... Rolling Eyes

    The fact the USN hasn't been able to track these subs for the last 15 years speaks volumes. Very Happy

    psst.. go to Youtube.. i think "American Experts" there stated oherwise Cool

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:21 am

    Stealthflanker wrote:
    Vladimir79 wrote:If we can just get Bulava working properly... Rolling Eyes

    The fact the USN hasn't been able to track these subs for the last 15 years speaks volumes. Very Happy

    psst.. go to Youtube.. i think "American Experts" there stated oherwise Cool

    Would these be the arm chair generals that said we couldn't even defeat Georgia? Laughing

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    Post  sepheronx on Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:57 pm

    Vladimir79 wrote:
    Stealthflanker wrote:
    Vladimir79 wrote:If we can just get Bulava working properly... Rolling Eyes

    The fact the USN hasn't been able to track these subs for the last 15 years speaks volumes. Very Happy

    psst.. go to Youtube.. i think "American Experts" there stated oherwise Cool

    Would these be the arm chair generals that said we couldn't even defeat Georgia? Laughing

    Yes. They are also the same Arm Chair generals that search BOXXY on youtube and give themselves a rub and tug in her honor.

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:57 pm

    Never heard of it, let me cheque it out...

    Damn that bird is annoying! affraid

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    Russian navy to search for missing ship off Spain

    Post  Jelena on Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:46 pm

    Russian navy to search for missing ship off Spain

    Associated Press
    2009-08-10 05:56 PM

    News agencies say Russian naval ships are joining the search for a cargo ship with Russian sailors that has gone missing off Spain.

    ITAR-Tass says ships from Russia's Black Sea fleet will begin searching for the Arctic Sea and its 15 Russian crew members beginning Tuesday.

    Officials say contact was lost with the ship, which was carrying lumber from Finland to Algeria, on July 28.

    Days earlier, masked men who identified themselves as police officers briefly seized the ship in Swedish waters and beat up the crew. But Swedish authorities said they hadn't searched any ships.

    Russian maritime expert Mikhail Voitenko said the ship's cargo belonged to Finnish wood products giant Stora Enso Oyj and could be worth up to $1.5 million.

    http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1027576&lang=eng_news

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    More about it you can read here (for Russian speakers)

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    [b]Russian warship heads to Cape Verde in search for Arctic Sea[/b]

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:08 am

    Russian warship heads to Cape Verde in search for Arctic Sea
    RIA Novosti

    14/08/200918:12

    MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian frigate Ladny is heading toward Cape Verde in the western Atlantic in search of the missing Arctic Sea cargo vessel, the Russian ambassador in Cape Verde said on Friday.

    The Arctic Sea, which is operated by Solchart Arkhangelsk Ltd and has a 15-member Russian crew on board, is feared to have been hijacked. It was last reported by German media to be traced to an area northwest of the island of Santo Antao, Cape Verde's second-largest port.

    "I have a report from the Russian Navy that the frigate is going to enter Cape Verde territorial waters," Alexander Karpushin told the Russian News Service. "The warship has its own search plan."

    The Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea set off from Finland on July 23 carrying a large load of timber, and was due to arrive at the Algerian port of Bejaia on August 4.

    The ship last made radio contact with British coastguards on July 28. According to Interpol the ship was briefly seized in the Baltic Sea by masked men claiming to be police on July 24. Reports state that after 12 hours the men left the ship and the Arctic Sea resumed its voyage.

    Some media have speculated the ship could have been targeted because it was carrying an "unknown cargo" in addition to timber. However, the ship operator called the reports "rubbish."

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered on Wednesday measures to track, monitor and, if necessary, free the ship from the hijackers after Solchart requested state assistance in the search-and-rescue operation.

    Russia's Defense Ministry later said that it had dispatched Black Sea Fleet vessels now on a mission in the Atlantic to hunt for the cargo ship, and all search-and-rescue means, including satellite reconnaissance, have been deployed.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2009/russia-090814-rianovosti03.htm

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:50 pm

    This whole hijacking story sounds fishy to me. They hijacked it then set off in a dingy? Sounds stupid to me... why would they be off Cape Verde running out of food instead of resupply. No sense...

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    Post  Jelena on Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:47 am

    Finland says ransom demand received for missing cargo ship Arctic Sea


    HELSINKI, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Finland's National Bureau of Investigation (NIB) said that a ransom demand has been received for the missing cargo ship, the Arctic Sea, according to local media report Saturday.

    The NIB declined to say what the amount of the ransom is other than it is a significant sum.

    According to information received by Finnish Broadcasting Company, the lives of the crew have been threatened if the ransom is not paid.

    Viktor Matvejev, the CEO of Solchart Management which operates the Arctic Sea on Saturday declined to comment on the information released by the NIB. Solchart Management operates in Finland.

    The Maltese-owned, Russian-crewed cargo ship disappeared two weeks ago while en route with a cargo of sawn timber from Finland to Algeria. The ship had been due to arrive in Algeria on Aug. 4.

    The disappearance of the Arctic Sea, which dropped off the radar in the English Channel on July 28, has sparked intense speculation about its fate, with experts debating whether pirates, a mafia quarrel or a commercial dispute were involved.

    Swedish police said the ship was hijacked in the Baltic Sea on July 24, when masked men claiming to be anti-drugs police boarded the ship, tied up the crew and searched the vessel. But the men reportedly left after about 12 hours.

    Finland's NBI also believed that the ship was taken over by hijackers in July while still in the Baltic Sea. For that reason, Finnish officials have not released any information about possible contact with the vessel or when the ransom demand was received. Release of such information could endanger the 15-member crew.

    The affair is being jointly investigated by Finnish, Maltese and Swedish police.

    A European Union spokesman said Friday that the ship appeared to have been attacked twice but not in "traditional" acts of piracy, and Russian warships have been scouring the Atlantic Ocean for the vessel.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/16/content_11888922.htm

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:28 am

    If Malta doesn't pay the ransom, we are going to have to open a can of whoop-azz.

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    Post  Jelena on Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:13 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:If Malta doesn't pay the ransom, we are going to have to open a can of whoop-azz.

    I would "safely" presume that those kind of ships and cargoes have an insurance who will cover ransom, so it's not the matter of money but politics of country or company. "The one who payed once will pay again" is the main problem...

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    Post  Vladislav on Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:43 pm

    Jelena wrote:

    I would "safely" presume that those kind of ships and cargoes have an insurance who will cover ransom, so it's not the matter of money but politics of country or company. "The one who payed once will pay again" is the main problem...

    You ever heard of a ransom clause in an insurance policy? I never have.

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    Post  Jelena on Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:58 pm

    Vladislav wrote:
    Jelena wrote:

    I would "safely" presume that those kind of ships and cargoes have an insurance who will cover ransom, so it's not the matter of money but politics of country or company. "The one who payed once will pay again" is the main problem...

    You ever heard of a ransom clause in an insurance policy? I never have.

    Good point Smile
    I really have no idea to be honest with you but just searched the net for an answer and seen that there is such a thing as:"Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion Insurance".

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:01 am

    Jelena wrote:

    Good point Smile
    I really have no idea to be honest with you but just searched the net for an answer and seen that there is such a thing as:"Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion Insurance".

    There is such a thing, but I highly doubt if a ship not crossing the Horn of Afrika is going to have it. No one expects it to be hijacked in the Batlic Sea. Where the hell were the Finns when this happened?

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    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:06 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:This whole hijacking story sounds fishy to me. They hijacked it then set off in a dingy? Sounds stupid to me... why would they be off Cape Verde running out of food instead of resupply. No sense...
    Missing Arctic Sea ship found, crew taken to Russian warship
    RIA Novosti

    18:00 17/08/2009 ASTRAKHAN, August 17 (RIA Novosti) - The missing Arctic Sea vessel has been found and its crew taken to a Russian warship, the Russian defense minister said on Monday.

    "At 1:00 p.m. Moscow time [09:00 GMT], it was found 300 miles off Cape Verde islands. The crew is alive. They were taken to the Ladny frigate," Anatoly Serdyukov said.

    He told President Dmitry Medvedev that an investigation was underway "to identify the circumstances behind the vessel's disappearance and its failure to make radio contact."

    He added that more details would be provided within the next few hours.

    The Maltese-flagged cargo ship left Finland with a cargo of timber on July 22 en route for Algeria. The ship last made radio contact with British coastguards on July 28.

    Interpol said earlier the ship was briefly seized in Swedish waters of the Baltic Sea by masked men claiming to be police on July 24. Reports state that after 12 hours the men left the ship and the Arctic Sea resumed its voyage.

    Russia's Dmitry Medvedev last week instructed the country's Navy to launch a search for the missing ship.

    The tracking device aboard the Arctic Sea was briefly reactivated on Saturday, showing the vessel to be located in the Atlantic's Bay of Biscay near France's La Rochelle port, according to Sovfracht, a Russian maritime journal.



    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2009/08/mil-090817-rianovosti08.htm

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    Russian Pacific Fleet warships to visit Malaysian port

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:19 pm

    Russian Pacific Fleet warships to visit Malaysian port

    RIA Novosti

    02:16 22/10/2009 MOSCOW, October 22 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian Pacific Fleet task force that has been on anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden is to pay an official visit to the port of Klang in Malaysia, a spokesman for the Russian Navy said.

    The task force — comprising the Admiral Tributs destroyer with two helicopters, a salvage tug, a tanker, and a naval infantry unit — has been escorting commercial ships, conducting aerial reconnaissance, and searching for suspected pirate vessels.

    He said that a number of meetings were planned during the visit, including with commanders of the Malaysian Navy and the Russian Embassy staff.

    Russia joined international anti-piracy efforts off Somali coast in October 2008.

    Three Russian warships have so far participated in the mission — the Baltic Fleet's Neustrashimy (Fearless) frigate, and the Pacific Fleet's Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev destroyers.

    The Pacific Fleet's warships have escorted over 100 Russian and foreign commercial ships and prevented several pirate attacks since January 2009.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2009/russia-091022-rianovosti01.htm

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    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:09 am

    Russian warships to resume anti-piracy mission off Somalia in late Nov.

    RIA Novosti

    16:32 19/11/2009 MOSCOW, November 19 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian naval task force led by the Admiral Chabanenko destroyer will resume an anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa later this month, the Navy said on Thursday.

    It said the destroyer and an auxiliary vessel were currently crossing the Mediterranean and should reach the Suez Canal on November 23.

    The Navy will maintain a constant presence off the Horn of Africa, with each fleet dispatching warships on a rotation basis.

    On Monday, a Russian Pacific Fleet task force returned to its base in Vladivostok after completing an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.

    One of the ships, the Admiral Tributs destroyer with two helicopters, a salvage tug, a tanker, and a naval infantry unit escorted commercial ships, conducted aerial reconnaissance, and searched for suspected pirate vessels off the Horn of Africa from July 30 to October 15.

    During the tour of duty, the Pacific Fleet task force escorted a total of over 100 commercial vessels from 26 countries along the shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden. The task force also held two anti-piracy exercises together with Chinese naval ships.

    Russia joined international anti-piracy efforts off the Somali coast in October 2008.

    The task force was the third group of warships from the Russian Pacific Fleet engaged in the anti-piracy mission off Somalia. The previous two task forces from the Pacific Fleet were led by the Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev destroyers.

    Pirates have been active off Somalia as the war-ravaged country has been without an effective government since 1991.


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    Russian Pacific Fleet task force departs on anti-piracy mission!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:05 am

    Russian Pacific Fleet task force departs on anti-piracy mission

    RIA Novosti

    24/02/201008:01

    (RIA Novosti) - A Russian Pacific Fleet task force, departed on an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden from the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok on Tuesday.

    The task force comprises an Udaloy-class missile destroyer, Marshal Shaposhnikov, a salvage tug and a tanker.

    The Russian Navy has maintained a permanent 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.

    The task force was the fourth group of warships from the Russian Pacific Fleet engaged in the anti-piracy mission off Somalia, with the previous three task forces led by the Admiral Vinogradov, Admiral Panteleyev and the Admiral Tributs destroyers.

    During the tour of duty, the Pacific Fleet groups escorted a total of over 100 commercial vessels from 26 countries along the shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden, and thwarted over 20 pirate attacks.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100224-rianovosti07.htm

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    Russia holds Black Sea drills 'under NATO's watchful eye'

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:30 pm

    Russia holds Black Sea drills 'under NATO's watchful eye'

    RIA Novosti

    03/03/201014:52

    NOVOROSSIISK, March 3 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Black Sea Fleet practiced an amphibious landing of troops on the coast of Abkhazia as a nearby NATO vessel observed, a Russian Navy source said on Wednesday.

    He said the drills, involving a dozen warships, were conducted on February 27 in close cooperation with the coast guard forces of the former Georgian republic of Abkhazia and were watched by a U.S. coast guard vessel.

    "During the drills, the USS John Hall was in this area of the Black Sea," the source said, adding that the U.S. vessel was officially conducting joint drills with Georgian Navy coast guards vessels.

    "However, the main task of the American vessel in the Black Sea was not the practice of Georgian-American interaction on the sea, but in tracking the drills of the Black Sea fleet," the source added.

    Last month, the presidents of Russia and Abkhazia signed a deal allowing a Russian military base in Abkhazia for 50 years to "protect Abkhazia's sovereignty and security, including against international terrorist groups."

    Georgia, which fought a five-day war with Russia over its former republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in August 2008, has fiercely criticized the plans for the base in Abkhazia, which it considers part of its territory.

    Russia's military buildup in the region since the armed conflict has also been condemned by the West as running counter to international law and contravening the internationally brokered ceasefire agreement signed by Russia and Georgia in the wake of their August 2008 conflict.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100303-rianovosti02.htm

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    Russian warship to make port call in Oman

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:49 pm

    Russian warship to make port call in Oman

    RIA Novosti

    18/03/201001:33

    MOSCOW, March 18 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian frigate will start on Thursday a two-day visit to the port of Salalah in Oman to replenish water and food supplies for its current anti-piracy mission off the Somali coast, a Navy source said.

    The Neustrashimy frigate from Russia's Baltic Fleet has escorted about 20 commercial vessels since its arrival in the Gulf of Aden in January and thwarted at least one attack by Somali pirates.

    "On March 20, the frigate will leave the port of Salalah and continue escorting commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aden until it is replaced by a task force from Russia's Pacific Fleet led by Admiral Shaposhnikov destroyer," the source said.

    It is Neustrashimy's second anti-piracy mission in the area. The frigate was the first Russian warship to join international anti-piracy efforts off Somalia in October 2008.

    The frigate's armament includes SS-N-25 Switchblade anti-ship missiles, SA-N-9 Gauntlet SAM, a 100-mm gun, torpedoes and depth charges. The frigate also carries a Ka-27 ASW helicopter.

    The Russian Navy has maintained a constant presence off the Horn of Africa, with each fleet dispatching warships on a rotational basis.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100318-rianovosti04.htm

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    Russia conducts Navy anti-submarine drills in Sea of Japan

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:54 pm

    Russia conducts Navy anti-submarine drills in Sea of Japan

    RIA Novosti

    24/03/201010:28

    VLADIVOSTOK, March 24 (RIA Novosti) - A mixed task force from the Russian Pacific Fleet started on Wednesday a series of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) drills in the Sea of Japan, a fleet spokesman said.

    "Two task forces comprising missile destroyers and diesel-powered submarines are taking part in the drills in line with a regular training program," Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said.

    The exercises involve a number of search-and-destroy missions, simulated torpedo attacks and live-fire drills with on-board artillery and air defense systems.

    The Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov destroyers, which carried out patrol missions in the Gulf of Aden as part of international efforts to fight sea piracy, will take part in the drills.

    According to Martov, the exercises will culminate with a "battle" between the destroyers and submarines, when the surface ships attempt to thwart "a surprise attack from the deep."

    Russia's Pacific Fleet has a missile cruiser, five destroyers and a large number of submarines in service. Its anti-submarine warfare aircraft include Tu-142 Bear F and Il-38 May planes, and Ka-27 Helix D helicopters.



    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100324-rianovosti03.htm

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