Russian Pacific Fleet ships heading for India to take part in joint drills

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VLADIVOSTOK, December 12. /TASS/. A surface combatant squadron of the Russian Pacific Fleet has sailed off for the Indian port of Visakhapatnam to take part in the Indra Navy joint drills, Vladimir Matveyev, a spokesman for Russia’s Eastern military district, told TASS on Monday.

The squadron includes the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs and the Boris Butom tanker ship.

“The squadron of the Pacific Fleet warship is heading to the Indian Eastern Fleet’s base in the city of Visakhapatnam under the command of Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov, the commander of the Maritime all-arms forces flotilla. The ships are to reach the destination on December 14,” the spokesman said.

According to Matveyev, the squadron left the fleet’s home base in mid-October. Since then, the ships have performed duty tasks in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, have taken part in the Indo Defense international arms show in the Indonesian port of Tanjung Priok and have visited Thailand’s port of Sattahip.

The drills will be held on December 14 through 21, in two stages. The coastal stage will be held in Visakhapatnam from December 14 to 18. Its program will include exchange of official visits, conference meetings on coordination, etc.

The sea-based phase will take place from December 19 to 21 in the Bay of Bengal. Participants will drill communications and night-time maneuvering skills, artillery shelling at sea-and air-based targets, skills to repel air attacks. The drills will involve ship-based helicopters. The Indian side will command the exercises.


Russian Pacific Fleet Ships Detachment Finishes Visit to Indonesia


 Large ASW ship Admiral Tributs

   A detachment of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet finished the visit to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. © Sputnik/ Anton DenisovMoscow, Jakarta in Talks Over ‘Unrivaled’ BMP-3F Amphibious Vehicles for Indonesian Navy

   MOSCOW. A detachment of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet finished the visit to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, where it took part in the Indo Defence 2016 Expo & Forum, the press service of the Russian Pacific Fleet said Sunday.

“A detachment of the Russian Pacific Fleet ships has finished the visit to Indonesia. The main purpose of the entrance to the Indonesian port was to take part in the international exhibition Indo Defence 2016 Expo & Forum,” the statement of the press service said.

  The detachment was comprised of Admiral Tributs major anti-submarine warfare ship, Bystriy destroyer, Boris Butoma large tanker and Alatau tug boat.

   The ships left the main base of the Pacific Fleet in mid-October to carry out combat duties in the Pacific ocean.

The Indo Defence 2016 Expo & Forum was held on November 2-5 in Jakarta.

Naval group of the Pacific Fleet arrived in the PRC to participate in the Russian-Chinese exercise “Naval interaction-2016”



The naval group of the Pacific Fleet has arrived in the Zhanjiang Port (People’s Republic of China) for participation in the joint Russian-Chinese naval exercise Naval interaction – 2016.

The group consists of major ASW ships Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov, the major landing ship Peresvet, the sea tug Alatau and the Pechenga tanker. The Commander of the group is Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit.

During the entrance into the foreign port, the military seamen of both countries fired “international salute” (21 volleys from each side). The servicemen of the Pacific Fleet were met at the quay by representatives of the Russian Navy and the Chinese Navy, as well as the silent drill team and the orchestra.

The joint Russian-Chinese exercise will take place on September 12-19 in the air, coastal and maritime zones of the South China Sea.

Russia’s Pacific Fleet Fires First Bastion Missile System

A missile launch from a new Bastion coastal defense missile system which entered service in the Pacific Fleet coastal units in 2016


The Pacific Fleet coastal forces’ missile formation troops conduct the first launch of a new ‘Bastion’ missile system that entered service in 2016, in the Far East Primorsky Territory, according to the Eastern Military District’s Pacific Fleet spokesman.

     Russia’s Pacific Fleet troops fired the first Bastion coastal defense mobile anti-ship missile systems in the Far East Primorsky Territory, the Eastern Military District’s Pacific Fleet spokesman said Friday.

“The Pacific Fleet coastal forces’ missile formation troops conduct the first launch of a new ‘Bastion’ missile system that entered service in 2016,” Vladimir Matveev said, adding that he expects the new system to enter combat duty next month.

No obstacles to deployment of Pacific Fleet base in Kurils — source

A source says the decision will be taken after the assessment of the territory and defense priorities

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ST. PETERSBURG, June 28. /TASS/. There are no obstacles to the deployment of a Russian Pacific Fleet base on the Matua Island of the Kurils chain, the decision will be made based on the expediency of this step, a military-diplomatic source told TASS on Tuesday.

“There are no contraindications whatsoever to creating a base on the Matua Island,” the source said.

Nevertheless, the source said, for making the decision “it is necessary to carry out the work for the comprehensive assessment of the expediency, based on the defense priorities” of the base deployment and “assess the resource aspect of the issue.”

“There is no haste here, it’s Russian territory,” he said.

According to him, a ground force unit or a base of the near maritime zone may be deployed on the island.

A joint expedition of the military and the Russian Geographical Society is currently working on the Matua Island. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said previously that the Pacific Fleet navy men will consider the possibility of creating a base on the islands of the Greater Kuril Ridge. Japan has expressed concern over these plans.


Russia May Build Pacific Fleet Base on Matua Island in Kurils Chain

Russian Pacific Fleet warships during a naval parade in the Peter the Great Bay marking the wrap-up of the Joint Sea 2015 II Russian-Chinese naval drill


The Russian Defense Ministry is considering the possibility of building a base for units of the Pacific Fleet on the Matua Island in the Kurils chain, Commander of the Eastern Military District Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin said Friday.

SAKHALIN REGION (Russia’s Far East) — According to Surovikin, the Russian military and the Russian Geographic Society are currently conducting a joint expedition to the Kurils chain, which involves six ships and over 200 participants. The Matua Island hosts three airstrips dating back to World War II.

“The main goal of the expedition is to study the possibility of basing Pacific Fleet forces there,” Surovikin said at a meeting with the district’s senior commanders.


Russia Pacific Fleet Ships Practice Air Defense at Indra Navy-2015 Drills

The guided missile cruiser Varyag of the Russian Pacific Fleet

A group of ships from the Russian Pacific Fleet carried out combat task duties while participating in the Russian-Indian drills Indra Navy-2015, a fleet statement announced Wednesday.

On Wednesday, a portion of the Russian Pacific Fleet, including guided-missile cruiser Varyag, destroyer Bystry, tanker Boris Butoma, and rescue tug vessel Alatau entered the Indian Ocean through the Strait of Malacca.

“While conducting combat service tasks, the ships’ crews worked through air defense tasks, an anti-terror unit carried out training, anti-ship exercises were conducted as well,” the statement said.

Earlier, the Russian Pacific Fleet group left the Russian city of Vladivostok on November 2 and headed to the Visakhapatnam port, India. Further expansion of friendly relations between the fleets of the two countries and a continuation of the ongoing Indra Navy-2015 drills are the main purposes of the visit.

The active phase of the drills will take place December 10-12. Russian and Indian fleets are expected to work through anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and anti-ship defense scenarios.