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    Russian warship to take part in Blackseafor naval drills

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:45 pm

    Russian warship to take part in Blackseafor naval drills

    RIA Novosti

    25/03/201011:55

    MOSCOW, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - The Caesar Kunikov large amphibious landing ship from Russia's Black Sea Fleet will take part in regular Blackseafor naval drills in April, the fleet's press office said on Thursday.

    Blackseafor was formally established in 2001 on Turkey's initiative and comprises Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Georgia and Russia. It conducts search and rescue operations and environmental monitoring, and organizes goodwill visits to Black Sea countries.

    Its charter says Blackseafor can also be deployed for peacekeeping operations under a UN or OSCE mandate.

    This year's drills will be conducted under the command of the Bulgarian Navy.

    The Blackseafor warships will practice tactical maneuvers, the conduct of combat operations against surface ships, air defense and communications, the press office said.

    The warships will also practice assisting distressed ships, naval isolation, ship inspection and provision replenishing at sea. Special attention will be paid to anti-terror exercises.

    Georgian warships have not participated in the Blackseafor exercises for a number of years.

    Russia has said it will not take part in any naval exercises involving Georgian warships.

    Diplomatic ties were cut off between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 after a five-day war over the former Georgian republic of South Ossetia.

    The Caesar Kunikov is a Ropucha-I class large landing ship. It was involved in the conflict between Russia and Georgia in August 2008.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100325-rianovosti05.htm

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    Russian Navy Somalian patrols!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:51 am

    Russian warship escorts another convoy in Gulf of Aden

    RIA Novosti

    16/04/201001:29

    MOSCOW, April 16 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Udaloy class missile destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov is escorting four civilian vessels off the coast of Somalia, a Russian Navy spokesman said.

    A Russian Pacific Fleet task force comprising the Marshal Shaposhnikov, the MB-37 salvage tug and the Pechenga tanker arrived in the Gulf of Aden on March 29 to join the anti-piracy mission in the region.

    The destroyer, which has two naval helicopters and a unit of naval infantry on board, has already escorted two commercial convoys comprising a total of 27 ships in pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast.

    Russia joined international anti-piracy efforts in the region in October 2008. The Russian Navy has maintained a near-permanent presence off the Horn of Africa since then, with warships operating on a rotation basis.

    The current task force is 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, the Admiral Panteleyev and the Admiral Tributs destroyers. The Northern and Baltic fleets have also sent their warships to the region.

    According to official data, Somali pirates carried out 217 attacks on commercial ships in 2009, hijacking 47 vessels and taking 867 crew members as hostages. They hijacked at least 12 ships since the beginning of 2010.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100416-rianovosti03.htm


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    Drills in Far East to involve warships of three Russian fleets!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:27 am

    Drills in Far East to involve warships of three Russian fleets

    RIA Novosti

    23/04/201005:20

    VLADIVOSTOK, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - Warships of three Russian fleets will meet in the Sea of Japan during large-scale military exercises in the Far East, a Pacific Fleet source told RIA Novosti on Friday.

    The Russian Armed Forces will conduct large-scale Vostok-2010 military exercises in Siberia and Far East in June-July. The exact date of the drills is yet to be announced.

    The flagships of the Northern Fleet and the Black Sea Fleet, the Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered missile cruiser and the Moskva missile cruiser, respectively, are expected to join warships of the Pacific Fleet during the exercise, the source said.

    "During the Vostok exercise, warships of the three Russian fleets will conduct joint maneuvers with firing at naval and aerial targets. In addition, they will train elements of joint combat and repelling underwater and aerial attacks," the source said.

    The upcoming land drills will involve units from the Far Eastern, the Siberian and the Volga-Urals military districts.

    As part of the drills, the Armed Forces will practice the deployment of additional troops in Siberia and the Far East to strengthen the existing military contingent in the region in case of a potential military conflict.

    Russia holds Vostok strategic command-and-staff exercises every two years. More than 8,000 troops took part in Vostok-2008.

    The Russian military conducted the Caucasus 2009, Zapad 2009 and Ladoga 2009 strategic exercises, and 15 brigade-level and 161 battalion-level drills last year.


    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100423-rianovosti02.htm

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:27 am

    Russian warship to escort 12 merchant vessels in Gulf of Aden

    RIA Novosti

    28/04/201016:38

    MOSCOW, April 28 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian warship will escort 12 commercial vessels through the Somali pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

    He said the Pacific Fleet's Udaloy-class missile-armed destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov would start the operation on Wednesday evening.

    The Marshal Shaposhnikov, a large anti-submarine ship, has two helicopters and an infantry unit on board.

    A Russian Pacific Fleet task force comprising the Marshal Shaposhnikov, the MB-37 salvage tug and the Pechenga tanker arrived in the Gulf of Aden on March 29 to join the anti-piracy mission there.

    The task force is 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. The Northern and Baltic fleets have also sent task forces to the region.

    Somali pirates carried out a record number of attacks and hijackings in 2009. According to the Piracy Reporting Center of the International Maritime Bureau, a total of 217 vessels were attacked last year, resulting in 47 hijackings.


    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100428-rianovosti02.htm

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  GarryB on Fri May 14, 2010 3:35 am

    It seems there is a Somali report that the Russians shot those pirates they captured instead of releasing them.
    Of course there are a few problems with the original report because the spokesman for the Pirates! claimed that at least 10 Pirates were executed, yet Russian sources said only 10 were captured and one was killed during the rescue so at most only 9 could have been executed.
    Second if all the Pirates had been shot, then how would the Somalis know already?
    Third if the Russians can't try the Pirates in a court of law for piracy it seems there is no law on the high seas and anyone can do to anyone what they wish, so I guess that would include the Russians.
    Personally I rather doubt a Russian ship captain would order his sailers to execute anyone in cold blood, but then those ships will have Navy special forces on board and the rules are different for special forces.
    It could certainly be argued that shooting some Pirates caught in the act of Piracy doesn't require a court or legal proceedings.
    The people the US has at Guantanimo have certainly be given no human rights, what with their not even being told what they are being held for, no legal representation, not to mention water boarding and sleep deprivation through loud music all constituting torture.
    Indeed aledged criminals are regularly bombed from UCAVs in foreign countries by the US and killed without trial based on intel, which has proven in the past to be very unreliable.
    Quite often forces will operate "behind enemy lines" and when it proves impossible to look after prisoners then prisoners are not taken if you know what I mean.

    No, this is not Off Topic, because one design consideration might be for the holding of prisoners for extended periods.
    There might even be the potential for targeted kidnappings so that trades can be made for certain hostages.

    Personally I have no reason to believe the Somali "Representatives of the Pirates", and no reason not to believe the Russian navy when it says the Pirates were released after being fed and treated for wounds on an inflatable boat. If they really are fishermen then they wont need GPS to head for shore.

    BTW here is a link to that Video I was talking about:
    [url=http://www.youtube com/watch?v=IldNCez8KeI&feature=related]http://www.youtube com/watch?v=IldNCez8KeI&feature=related[/url]
    If you put the dot back between the youtube and the com it will work.
    It shows the Russian border patrol first warning a Chinese ship with flares to stop and then with 30mm rounds into the engine deck to make it stop.

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Vladimir79 on Fri May 14, 2010 9:37 am

    I get sick of these wussies who talk about water cannons. Save that for Green Peace, pirates mean business.

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Farhad Gulemov on Fri May 14, 2010 2:02 pm

    GarryB wrote:It seems there is a Somali report that the Russians shot those pirates they captured instead of releasing them.

    Very dubious - this was a high visibility, very mediatized, operation and I am quite sure that the captain of that ship had very specific orders. As for special operators, they will only kill if given the order. They are pros, not William Calley in My Lai Wink

    But, as far as I know, the assault force was Naval Infantry. Does anybody have details about this?

    GarryB wrote:BTW here is a link to that Video I was talking about:
    [url=http://www.youtube com/watch?v=IldNCez8KeI&feature=related]http://www.youtube com/watch?v=IldNCez8KeI&feature=related[/url]

    Thanks!!!

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Vladimir79 on Fri May 14, 2010 2:19 pm

    If the Somalis were all executed, who is left to report it?

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri May 14, 2010 7:05 pm

    Vladimir79 wrote:If the Somalis were all executed, who is left to report it?

    NATO as usual Mad

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat May 15, 2010 2:11 am

    So here is what really happened...

    Dealing With Pirates the Russian Way

    Ten pirates captured by the Russian navy last week near Somalia were put in an inflatable boat without navigational equipment and cast adrift in the Indian Ocean last Friday. They are now presumed dead, according to Russian officials.

    The official told the Russian press that after an hour, radar contact with the boat was lost and the pirates “apparently” had all died. He did not elaborate. Commentators are speculating what may have really happened, especially since the Russian president last week indicated severe punishment for the pirates, saying, “We will have to act as our forefathers did when they met pirates.” The Defense Ministry said last Friday that plans changed from a trial in Moscow to release on the ocean due to shortcomings of international law.

    A spokesman of Navfor, the EU’s naval force in Somalia, warned not to jump to conclusions, saying to BBC that it was impossible to say anything without knowing more details of the boat, the weather, and other factors.

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/35219/

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  GarryB on Sat May 15, 2010 4:06 am

    These guys are not the pirates we see in hollywood movies, and they are not soldiers in an army.
    They are not fishermen either.
    They might have started out being fishermen but once you take up arms and threaten to kill for money then the way you should be treated becomes very different in my book.

    Equally it is not like these guys happened to be nearby and were picked up by accident because they happened to be nearby... these guys were caught on the job... there is no question of guilt.

    I would not condone shooting them, but setting them adrift in a boat is perfectly acceptable to me. If they really are fishermen then from the position of the sun and the stars they will know which way they need to go.

    If they are just criminals then there are 10 less criminals in that part of the ocean.

    Sounds like it is time to look at international law at sea perhaps?

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Farhad Gulemov on Sat May 15, 2010 7:13 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    Equally it is not like these guys happened to be nearby and were picked up by accident because they happened to be nearby... these guys were caught on the job... there is no question of guilt. I would not condone shooting them, but setting them adrift in a boat is perfectly acceptable to me. Sounds like it is time to look at international law at sea perhaps?

    I feel exactly the same way. However, I am also told by one friend that these guys are desperate and that since their country has been totally messed up by the "Axis of Goodness" I suppose that I feel sorry that they get shafted, while their patrons away, who make most of the money for sure, continue sitting in air conditioned offices puffing at their cigars. Kidnappping is a major ugly crime and its not like I feel heartbroken for these guys, but yes, it probably would be best to look at what the law of the sea says about such circumstances. I took a quick look on the web and it appears that there is really no universal law which would make it possible to punish these guys. These guys are not POWs, but I suppose that the Common Article 3 of the Geneva conventions still applies to them, along with the Convention against Torture, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a couple of other such universal instruments. Putting them back in a inflatable boat and saying "good-bye" is therefore probably totally legal.

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  GarryB on Sun May 16, 2010 4:07 am

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a joke.
    One of its rules is that you can't just go searching people to find evidence of illegal activity, you have to have a specific reason for the search.
    This makes profiling illegal and it also makes Echelon illegal.
    Basing international law on systems that are violated every day by the states that created them is not good.

    I too think these guys are getting screwed, but if they think that gives them the right to screw others they can think again.

    If it only cost the insurance companies money then I would think what they were doing was justified, but in the end the insurance companies are not going to wear the cost themselves... they pass it on in increased premiums and we all pay because shipping goods suddenly costs more.

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Farhad Gulemov on Sun May 16, 2010 3:37 pm

    GarryB wrote:The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a joke.
    One of its rules is that you can't just go searching people to find evidence of illegal activity, you have to have a specific reason for the search.
    This makes profiling illegal and it also makes Echelon illegal.
    Basing international law on systems that are violated every day by the states that created them is not good.

    BEGIN Off Topic I submit that dismissing a law on the basis that it is systematically violated by hypocrits who pretend to uphold it is not logical; the issue are the hypocrits, not the law itself. By your logic democracy is a joke because it is abused, manipulated and debased by the SOBs which claim not only to uphold it, but to actually promote and export it. That kind of logic give the power to the worst of humanity to discredit anything it does not wish to abide by. Then what do you suggest you base international law on - that which thugs and imperialists really endorse and live by? Wink END Off Topic

    Actually, customary law would allow for the summary execution of pirates. Many countries did that in the past.

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    Post  GarryB on Mon May 17, 2010 2:53 am

    BEGIN Off Topic I submit that dismissing a law on the basis that it is systematically violated by hypocrits who pretend to uphold it is not logical;

    It becomes more logical when you include the fact that all the hypocrites who violate it are the ones who created it and expect others to follow it when even they can't.

    the issue are the hypocrits, not the law itself.

    The issue is with both. The hypocracy of trying to enforce a set of rules they can't follow themselves... I mentioned Echelon, but Guantanimo and rendition blow the UDHR to small pieces, and a set of rules so called civilised countries can't follow that can be used for poor undeveloped savages... it is just a joke... and actually quite wrong at a very basic level.

    ]By your logic democracy is a joke because it is abused, manipulated and debased by the SOBs which claim not only to uphold it, but to actually promote and export it.

    Democracy is a joke. Look at the US, there are the Democrats and the Republicans. Since when did democracy mean two choices where both choices are slightly right of centre? Democracy is supposed to be about serving the people and free choice, but once in power they can do pretty much as they like because you can't remove them unless they do something really stupid.

    Some people say communism is Stalins communism. Others say true communism has never been tried. I say Democracy has never been tried either. If you examine American democracy carefully you will see it is actually a lot more complicated than it needs to be and most of the complication is to fix the results. It takes the US longer to have an election than India does and the US only has two parties!

    That kind of logic give the power to the worst of humanity to discredit anything it does not wish to abide by.

    Humanity was never asked about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A bunch of one eyed inbreds who call themselves the first world... as opposed to the commies in eastern europe who are the second world and anyone else that is not included in the largely white western world which is the third world, got together and made up some nice moral sounding rules... and broke them just as quickly.
    It is not about the rules, it is about the real seperation between the first, second, and third world... the difference is wealth. Morally the difference is large on paper but tiny in practise and this shows it nicely.

    Then what do you suggest you base international law on - that which thugs and imperialists really endorse and live by? Wink END Off Topic

    First of all I think international law should be created by an international body like the UN, rather than the US and some rich country lackeys.
    The morals might not be so high, but they will likely be more practical.

    Actually, customary law would allow for the summary execution of pirates. Many countries did that in the past.

    Yes... walking the plank, or being left on some deserted island, or the most common hanging them from a yard arm... or worst of all the Gibbet. Shocked

    Back on topic, I do remember seeing a design of a trimaran with three hulls, like a boat with two outriggers and on the large flat area with the outriggers there was a large landing pad for a large helo and forward of that and rear of that were two more areas for helos that were smaller.
    The triple hull should make it stable and fast and you could put a KAHTAN-M module at the nose and rear of the vessel, that would be 64 missiles in total that could be used against boats and 4 x 30mm 6 barrel gatling guns, which should be enough in addition to small arms and a few 50 or 57 calibre HMGs on pintle mounts and maybe a KORNET or ATAKA.

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    Russian warships to base in Djibouti port to fight piracy

    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue May 18, 2010 7:43 pm

    Russian warships to base in Djibouti port to fight piracy
    RIA Novosti

    16/05/201023:51

    DJIBOUTI, May 16 (RIA Novosti) - The republic of Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa, will provide its port for Russian Navy to fight piracy, Djibouti Navy official representative said at a reception at the Russian embassy.

    "We are ready to provide our port for ships of the Russian Navy, which are fighting piracy in the region," he said adding that the port has all essential infrastructures.

    The Russian task force comprising the RFS Marshal Shaposhnikov, the MB-37 salvage tug and the Pechenga tanker arrived in the Gulf of Aden on March 29 to join the anti-piracy mission in the region.

    Somali pirates carried out a record number of attacks and hijackings in 2009. According to the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Center, a total of 217 vessels were attacked last year, resulting in 47 hijackings.

    Last week Russia had to release ten pirates captured during an operation to free its Moscow University tanker, citing a lack of proper international legal base to carry out prosecution procedures against pirates.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100516-rianovosti01.htm


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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  GarryB on Wed May 19, 2010 12:58 am

    That article shows an offer to the Russian navy for port facilities they can use, what it doesn't say is that the Russians have actually agreed to use them.

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    Russian warships complete drills in Sea of Japan!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu May 20, 2010 1:36 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.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100519-rianovosti01.htm

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    Russian warship to join NATO naval drills!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:26 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.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100601-rianovosti01.htm

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

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:17 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.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2010/06/mil-100608-rianovosti05.htm

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:48 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.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100703-rianovosti02.htm

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

    Post  Russian Patriot on Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:38 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.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100704-rianovosti03.htm

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    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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    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:19 pm


    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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    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:37 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.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-101104-rianovosti01.htm

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