NATO Navy to Follow Russian Aircraft Carrier Group on Mediterranean Tour


 Pyotr Veliky heavy nuclear-powered cruiser

   NATO warships will escort a Russian aircraft carrier group on its tour to the Mediterranean Sea, a source in the alliance told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity.

   BRUSSELS — The naval group of Russia’s only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov set sail last Saturday for the eastern Mediterranean from the Northern Fleet’s home base of Severomorsk in northwestern Russia. Its expected passage through the English Channel put the Royal Navy on alert.

    “Russia has the right to operate in international waters. The NATO Navy plans to observe Russian ships on their way to the Mediterranean,” the source said.

    The Russian aircraft carrier is accompanied by the Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, the Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyer, and support vessels. Their crews are expected to hold maritime drills to increase interoperability between the Navy and warplanes.

Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov sets off on long voyage to Mediterranean Sea

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SEVEROMORSK, October 15. /TASS/. The aircraft carrier task force of Russia’s Northern Fleet has started its voyage to the North-East Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea, the fleet’s press service said on Saturday.

“The group consists of the aircraft-carrying heavy cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, the Pyotr Velikiy battlecruiser, large anti-submarine ships Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov and support vessels,” the statement said.

The goal of the voyage is “to ensure naval presence in the important areas of the World Ocean,” it said. “Special focus will be made on safeguarding security of maritime traffic and other types of maritime economic activity of Russia and also on responding to the new kinds of modern threats such as piracy and international terrorism.”

The previous joint voyage to the North-East Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea of the Admiral Kuznetsov and Pyotr Velikiy was completed in the first half of 2014. The current long voyage is the eighth one for the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.


Russian Carrier-Based Warplanes to Unleash ‘Ultra Precision’ Strikes on Daesh



Russian Military Technologies's photo.

September 3 – The Sukhoi Su-33 air superiority fighters based on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov that is scheduled to be deployed to the Syrian shores in November will be outfitted with an ultra-precision targeting system, known as the SVP-24, Izvestiya reported, citing an unnamed source in the Russian Defense Ministry.
The system, developed by Russian defense contractor Gefest & T, will allow Russian warplanes to drop unguided bombs with the same precision as a guided weapon.
In addition, the Mikoyan MiG-29K 4++ generation multirole fighter aircraft recently added to the Admiral Kuznetsov’s roster are expected to use guided bombs and missiles against militant targets in Syria, the newspaper added.
Russia’s sole aircraft carrier will be a part of a surface action group that will relocate to Syria in November. The air group aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov will include approximately ten Su-33s and four MiG-29Ks, the media outlet detailed. “The Su-33s outfitted with the SVP-24 will launch strikes using dumb bombs,” the source told the newspaper. “However, the list of air weapons that the MiG-29s will employ has not been fully specified yet. Those are expected to include smart bombs of the KAB-500 family, including those using the GLONASS satellite navigation system, and the Kh-35 missiles.”
The SVP-24 is tasked with determining the optimal trajectory for the release of a bomb, using the plane’s location, flight parameters and target data. It has already made a good showing during Russia’s counterterrorism campaign in the embattled Arab country.
“The Su-24s outfitted with the SVP-24 have become the workhorse of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria,” defense analyst Anton Lavrov told the newspaper, adding that the system is a viable alternative to GPS-guided munition popular in the West. Moreover, the Russian solution is cheaper than similar products developed elsewhere.
An American military analyst, known as The Saker, explained how this system works.
The SVP-24 compares the position of the aircraft and the target and measures the environmental parameters, including humidity, windspeed, angle of attack, etc. It can receive additional data from AWAC aircraft, ground stations and other planes. The system then “computes an ‘envelope’ (speed, altitude, course) inside which the dumb bombs are automatically released exactly at the precise moment when their unguided flight will bring them right over the target (with a 3-5m accuracy),” the analyst added. “In practical terms this means that every 30+ year old Russian ‘dumb’ bomb can now be delivered by a 30+ year old Russian aircraft with the same precision as a brand new guided bomb delivered by a top of the line modern bomber,” the expert noted.

Russian Warships Launch Cruise Missiles on al-Nusra Front Targets in Syria

Kalibr cruise missiles


Russian warships of the Black Sea Fleet conducted three launches of the Kalibr cruise missiles on al-Nusra Front targets in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The strikes destroyed a terrorist command center and a base Dar-Taaza, as well as a major plant producing mortar ammunition and a large arms depot in the Aleppo province, the ministry said.

“Today, at 10:55 a.m., Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov small-sized missile ships of the Black Sea Fleet carried out three launches of sea-based Kalibr cruise missiles on al-Nusra Front targets in Syria from the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea during combat maneuvering.”

“The transit corridor for the Kalibr cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea was planned over an unpopulated area to ensure the safety of civilians,” the ministry said.Russia’s Kalibr cruise missiles that have a range of 2,000 km were first used in combat in October 2015, when the Gepard-class frigate Dagestan, part of the Caspian Flotilla, and three other Russian Navy corvettes launched 26 Kalibr-class cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea at 11 targets in Syria as part of Russia’s aerial campaign against terrorists.

Russia’s Giant Aircraft Carrier to Join Anti-ISIL Operations in Syria

Russia’s Giant Aircraft Carrier to Join Anti-ISIL Operations in Syria
Russia's Giant Aircraft Carrier to Join Anti-ISIL Operations in Syria

“The Russian navy will dispatch the aircraft carrier to Syrian waters in autumn. Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier will be deployed to Eastern Mediterranean Sea between the months of October 2016 and January 2017,” a Russian diplomat was quoted by media sources as saying.

“Chief Staff of the Russian Army has prepared a plan based on which the aircraft carrier’s crew will exercise the processes of the fighter jets’ take off from the their landing on the carrier,” the diplomat said, adding, “The bombers on the board of aircraft carrier will cooperated with those in Humeimim airbase in Syrian coasts.”

“The carrier will be deployed to the nearest distance to Syrian lands to have enough fuel for long-distance combat flight over the country,” the sources further added.

“The carrier is projected to host at least 15 Sukhoi-33, Sukhoi-27 and Mig-29 and 10 choppers of K52, K27 and K31 in Syrian mission,” the source went on to say.

Reports said on Sunday that a huge cargo vessel of Russia, carrying a large volume of arms, ammunition and other advanced types of military equipment for the Syrian Armed Forces, entered waters of Mediterranean Sea.

The huge Russian vessel of Grigori Bobidovich, which left the port city of Novorossiysk in Russia a couple of days ago, passed Bosphorus strait and entered the Mediterranean sea waters en route to Syria.

The Russian vessel’s final destination is Syria’s Tartous port, the main logistic center of the Russian Navy in Mediterranean sea, to unload its cargo and deliver them to the Syrian armed forces.

In last two week, at least four huge cargo vessels of Russia have left Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits, carrying military consignments for the Russian fighter jets and Syrian army.

Media reports said on Thursday that the Russian warship, BSF Saratov, sailed through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles in the Black Sea and entered the Mediterranean Sea.

According to Syria al-Aan, the Turkish websites have released some photos of the warship sailing through the Bosphorus strait.

They reported that Saratov left Novorossiysk port in the Black sea towards Tartous port in Syria.

They also claimed that the warship was carrying a big cargo which has been covered.

This was the sixth voyage of Saratov warship in the current year.

Russian warships and naval vessels, often two at a time, have been seen passing through the Straits en route to Syria from Russia’s Northern Black Sea ports with increasing frequency this year.

Most of the military supplies, weapons, ammunition, and equipment that Russia supplies to the Syrian government are shipped from ports on the Black Sea, primarily Sevastopol and Sochi, through the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, to the two Syrian ports, Tartous and Lattakia.

US Destroyer Committed ‘Gross Violation’ in Encounter With Russian Ship

Russia's guard ship Yaroslav Mudry. File photo


A US destroyer violated international and bilateral agreements by approaching a Russian ship dangerously close this month, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

MOSCOW      The russian ship was following its course and didn’t violate any international law standards:

“US destroyer Gravely made a close encounter with a Russian warship in the eastern Mediterranean on June 17 at a distance of 60-70 meters [197-229 feet] on the port side and crossed the Yaroslav Mudry’s course along the bow at a dangerous distance of 180 meters [590 feet],” the ministry said.

It brought to the Pentagon’s attention the “gross violation by the Gravely destroyer’s commander and crew” of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and a similar Russian-US intergovernmental agreement.

The United States Navy has deployed an additional four aircraft carriers on combat duty. As a result, the number of simultaneously deployed aircraft carriers has reached six for the first time since 2012.On June 1, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was sent from the US east coast to support the USS Harry Truman in the Mediterranean. On June 4, the USS Ronald Raegan was reportedly deployed from a naval base in Japan to the South China Sea. Two more flattops, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS George Washington, left their bases for training maneuvers.

On June 6, US Navy destroyer Porter began its 21-day routine patrol of the Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The deployment drew criticism from Moscow for destabilizing the region.

Russian Guided Missile Ship Embarks on Mediterranean Mission

Flags raised at Russian Navy's new ships Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov

Black Sea Fleet spokesman said that Russian Buyan-class Serpukhov guided missile corvette has entered the Mediterranean Sea to conduct a mission as part of Russia’s permanent naval task force in the region.

The Russian Buyan-class Serpukhov guided missile corvette has entered the Mediterranean Sea to conduct a mission as part of Russia’s permanent naval task force in the region, the Black Sea Fleet spokesman said Wednesday.

“Today, the Black Sea Fleet’s newest Serpukhov corvette left Sevastopol to implement tasks as part of a permanent naval group in the Mediterranean Sea,” Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.

The Serpukhov is set to replace the Zeleny Dol missile corvette in the Mediterranean. The Black Sea Fleet received both corvettes, which are armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, earlier this year.

Designed by the Zelenodolsk Design Bureau and assembled at the A.M. Gorky Zelenodolsk shipbuilding plant, the Serpukhov arrived at Sevastopol last November and had the St. Andrew’s Flag raised on it the following month.

The Serpukhov and the Zeleny Dol are the fourth and fifth modernized Buyan M-class vessels built as part of the Navy’s current shipbuilding program.


Full Speed Ahead! Russian Warship Sets Sail for Mediterranean Mission

The Russian guided missile destroyer Smetlivy

The Russian guided missile destroyer Smetlivy has left the country’s southwestern port of Sevastopol for the Mediterranean Sea, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the Smetlivy destroyer of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet has departed from the country’s southwestern port city of Sevastopol and is headed for the Mediterranean, where the warship will be on a mission.According to the statement, the Smetlivy is due to join Russia’s naval force in the region on March 7.

Currently, more than 15 Russian warships and other vessels are carrying out security-related missions in the Mediterranean, including those pertaining to providing logistical support to a Russian Aerospace Forces unit in Syria as well as to the Syrian Army.

In this file photo from 2004, the Russian Navy’s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier is seen in the Barents Sea, Russia

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Russian Navy’s Mediterranean task force, which includes warships from the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Northern and the Pacific Fleets, may be joined by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the summer of 2016.


Russia plans permanent rotation of cruise missile carrying corvettes in Mediterranean


© Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation
Russian corvettes equipped with Kalibr cruise missile capable of penetrating complex air defenses and hitting targets at a supersonic speed at a distance of some 2,000km will be permanently deployed in the Mediterranean, a Russian Navy admiral said.


“Yes, we’ll have rotations and all the new ships, including the Buyan-M project vessels, will see combat duty there,” Vitko told RIA Novosti. “The vessels with will be tasked with a number of tasks that they can perform through a wide range of weapons.”

With a range of roughly of 2,000 km, the supersonic 3M-54 Kalibr missiles is small enough to be carried by submarines and small warships. Furthermore the missile is capable of carrying both a conventional or nuclear warhead and is able to penetrate the enemy’s missile defense systems thus changing the calculus of the reach and effectiveness of smaller navy ships.

The US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) is wary of the Kalibr missile, which “is profoundly changing its ability to deter, threaten or destroy adversary targets,” the report published in December said.

The weapon saw its first combat use in October, when a salvo of missiles launched from four small Russian warships in the Caspian Sea hit targets in Syria. In December, the Russian Navy used the same long-range, low-flying cruise missiles deployed on board a submarine to strike more terrorist targets in Syria from the Mediterranean Sea.

“The new technologically advanced Russian Navy, increasingly armed with the KALIBR family of weapons, will be able to more capably defend the maritime approaches to the Russian Federation and exert significant influence in adjacent seas,” ONI stated.

Last Sunday, the Guided Missile corvette Zeleni Dol from the Black Sea Fleet sailed into the eastern Mediterranean to join the Russian naval group deployed off the coast of Syria. Once the cruiser finishes its duty it will be rotated by another corvette called Serpukhov.

Zeleny Dol Corvette Enters Mediterranean to Join Russia’s Task Force

Flags raised at Russian Navy's new ships Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov


The Zeleny Dol Buyan-M class missile corvette of the Russia’s Black Seas Fleet will conduct tasks in the Mediterranean sea for the first time, according to the Russian Defense Ministry’s head of Black Sea Fleet’s information department.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Zeleny Dol Buyan-M class missile corvette of the Russia’s Black Seas Fleet has entered the Mediterranean Sea to join the country’s permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean, the Russian Defense Ministry’s head of Black Sea Fleet’s information department said Saturday.

“Today, the Zeleny Dol missile corvette and the Kovrovets minesweeper of the Black Sea Fleet left Sevastopol to begin carrying out tasks as part of Russia’s permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean,” Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.

He added that the corvette will conduct tasks in the Mediterranean for the first time.A Buyan-M corvette has a displacement of 949 tons and a maximum speed of 25 knots. It is armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, 100-mm and 30-mm guns, as well as Igla-1M air defense missiles