Why, you dont think eastern med is a likely warzone in a few years?
Not for Russia.
What is there in the Med the Russians need to fight over?
The main problem is that the Turkish control Russian access to the Med and Turkey is part of NATO.
Any NATO action against Syria would likely result in a temporary closure of Turkish straights... for maintainence or whatever... whether Russia has a weak naval force or a very strong one is irrelevant when it comes to picking a fight to get access to the Med.
Of course a large ship force can be sent the long way round but it might not arrive in time to have the desired effect.
It is like Kosovo to Russia and Georgia to the US... Syria is really to far away from Russia for Russia to automatically get their way.
Yes the British carriers were on their way to the scrapyard. But the harriers could and was deployed on containerships, so they would still have been there.
Hahahahaha... that is a theoretical capability... just like the claim they could operate from any clearing in a forest... they can't BTW, because their engine intakes suck up any crap on the ground and on loose ground like grassy areas in a forest they suck up soil and grass and twigs and their engine fails and they don't take off at all.
For any deployment Harriers need either a good hard runway or PSP... pierced steel planking, in other words metal grates linked together to form a hard surface on grass to prevent the soil and grass being sucked up into the engine.
Putting aircraft on container ships creates many problems... first there are no aircraft hangars so all maintainence and arming is done on deck in all weathers, second a container ship is not a war ship and has no electronic or pyrotechnic defences to protect from missiles... case in point the Atlantic Conveyer that was hit by an exocet that was aimed at the military ships nearby... they defeated the guidance with chaff and smoke and electronic jamming and the missile lost its lock on them and acquired the Atlantic Conveyer... which had no defences at all and was hit. Third a container ship has no provisions for dealing with battle damage, so a hit will likely be a kill because fire fighting equipment will be basic and there is no compartmentalism so water filled compartments cannot be closed off to prevent the whole ship from sinking.
Then of course there is no radar on board the vessel, and no command and control facilities to control an air group... and most important there will not be any sonar, which would make the vessels terribly vulnerable to sub attack.
In a crisis or war situation, it doesnt matter. I dont think Turkey would stop US carriers to enter should they want to.
Turkey controls the straights leading to the Black Sea... You would think as part of NATO that Turkey would have supported the US led invasion of Iraq too... but they didn't.
Letting US ships into the Black Sea... even during a period of tension would be very counter productive for Turkey in its relations with Russia.
And that was really the reason why the Kutznetsov was called "Heavy aircraft carrying cruiser", not "aircraft carrier".
No. Russia and the Soviet Union had different designations for their vessels.
The Kuznetsov was not designed as a strike carrier, all of its air to surface capability was largely to be in its 12 Granit missiles under the main flight deck, the aircraft were primarily there for air defence of the Kuznetsov and the ships operating with her.
Now with the upgrade and refit she is going through she will lose those Granits most likely.
Whats about the very long construction time of the Gregorovich 11356 frigates? It was laid down in 2006, and is still not in service?
I think you might be confusing the Russian order with the second Indian order for a second batch of three frigates.
The Gregorovich was laid down in December 2010 and is expected to enter service in 2013 according to Wiki.
Whereas the Indians ordered three more vessels in 2006... the first three vessels were built at Baltiysky Zavod, but the new order of three more went to Yantar, the first two vessels launched in 2009 and 2010 respectively and will be handed over to India in 2012 with the third vessel in 2013.
Well, the Turks is a rising power, they want to become the arab leading country, much like the Ottoman empire.
The only way to do that, is by having a large competent navy that can go pwer project. Much like thay are doing now against Israel.
I dont think the Turks likes the idea of a modern russian naval base at Tartus, and they have a chance now to reform Syria, to an happy ally.
There is nothing wrong with Turkey becoming a rising power... why shouldn't they be?
It is pretty clear that while Europe sees them as strategically important in its location in relation to Russia, that it does not see Turkey as an equal... it has had plenty of time to get Turkey into the EU... but then again right now I guess Turkey is probably happy to not be part of that train wreck.
And dont forget the Turks had the Krim before Russia, not few would want them take it back, not amongst tatars either.
I am sure if Turkey wants to take back the Crimea that Russia will seek to establish navy basing facilities, and if that is not possible they can start investing money and resources into a Russian port facility on the Black Sea instead of the current port in the Ukraine.
BTW how the hell can Russia stand that Ukraine stole Krim? I cant get over it really.
All it would have taken was a decree from Gorby while he was still in office in the 1980s to give it back... and to solve problems in NK and south ossetia and abkhazia etc etc.