Three Iranian Warships to Dock at Russian Port

Iranian warship Alborz, foreground, prepares before leaving Iran's waters.


An Iranian flotilla will anchor at a southern Russian port in the course of its two-week trip through the Caspian Sea to promote peaceful cooperation and strengthen ties between two nations.

Three warships of the Iranian fleet will enter the port of city of Astrakhan in the south of Russia in a move which will deepen cooperation between two states, Mehr New Agency reported.

According to the report, the vessels include the Damavand destroyers, Joshan and the Peykan, are expected to berth in the port of Astrakhan after an equivalent visit will be made by a Russian flotilla to Iran. The vessels departed from Bandar-e Anzali port in the north of the country, Mehr noted.The main goal of the visits is an enhancement of cultural ties between the two states and an improvement of security in the Caspian Sea area.

Ahmad Reza Bagheri, an Iranian Navy captain, told Fars New Agency that the visit was scheduled beforehand, noting that after docking in Astrakhan the vessels will head to Baku, capital of the Azerbaijan and then will return home to Iran within two weeks.

The mutual visits have become common practice in the last two years after the Iranians first visited the Caspian fleet in Summer, 2013.

Caspian Cruise Missile Strike: Russia Has More Firepower Than US Thought

Caspian Flotilla ships fire missiles to attack ISIL positions in Syria


Russia’s successful cruise missile strikes on ISIL targets in Syria are more impressive than many think, national expert Tobin Harshaw asserted.

Harshaw maintains that Russia could have fired the missiles from the Mediterranean if military goals were the only consideration. Instead Moscow opted to launch missiles from the Caspian Sea “simply to show they were capable of doing so. The US and its allies should be warned: Vladimir Putin notched another success,” he noted in an article titled “Putin’s Navy Sends a Shot Across Obama’s Bow.”

Caspian Flotilla ships fire missiles to attack ISIL positions in Syria
Caspian Flotilla ships fire missiles to attack ISIL positions in Syria

But it was not the use of cruise missiles in itself that shocked Washington but the combination of this type of guided rockets and the armed corvette warships that fired them.

“The revelation was that Russia had combined the two: giving the relatively small ships – the Buyan-M class displaces just 950 tons – firepower comparable to much larger US Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class missile cruisers. By using the corvettes and the Kalibr NK cruise missile system, the Kremlin sent a shot across America’s bow,” Harshaw explained.

Moscow had two goals in mind, the analyst stated. The first one was to demonstrate what is known as distributed lethality warfare which is based on the idea that a country has to spread its weapons and military technology across smaller units in order to increase its capabilities.

The Buyan-class corvettes are a fine example of a smaller unit, however, it is not the only one Russia has in store.Moscow “is reportedly renovating and adding to its fleet of Cold War-era Piranya mini-subs that can lay underwater mines, fire torpedoes and dispatch small underwater combat teams. With a minuscule displacement of 390 tons and a titanium-alloy hull, they run virtually silent,” Harshaw stated.

Secondly, Moscow sought to impress potential buyers of Russia’s military equipment, according to the expert.

“No surprise that exports of major [Russian] weapons increased 37 percent between 2005 and 2014. The offerings include the Klub-K cruise missile system, a version of the Kalibr that fits into a few shipping containers and retails for up to $20 million,” Harshaw noted.




Russian, Azerbaijani Navy to Hold First Ever Joint Drills in Caspian Sea

Exercise of Marine Corps battalion of Caspian Fleet

According to Russia’s Southern Military District, about 10 Russian and Azerbaijani ships will take part in a joint naval exercise in the Caspian Sea.
   About 10 Russian and Azerbaijani ships will take part in a joint naval exercise in the Caspian Sea, Russia’s Southern Military District said in a statement Friday.

The exercises to train joint defense of maritime economic infrastructure will be held in September, the statement reads.


Fifth oil tanker built in Russia for Turkmenistan

Fifth oil tanker built in Russia for Turkmenistan

Russian Military Technologies. 28.10.2013

The oil tanker Aladzha, which is built at the Russian shipyard Krasnoye Sormovo, arrived at the registration port of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea. This is the fifth ship, which was built at the shipyard in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod for Turkmenistan.

The Aladzha as her predecessors with a loading capacity of 7,100 tonnes is designed for the delivery of crude oil and petroleum products. A water displacement of more than 140-metre-long ship, which is highly manoeuvrable and has a high margin of safety and a high security level, makes about 10,000 tonnes. The oil tanker is equipped with powerful power units and modern onboard systems, including computerized control system and electronic navigation equipment, which guarantees the correct course in any weather. The ship is provided with 12 oil tanks isolated from each other that allows delivering different types of fuel during one trip.

The commander of Iran’s navy comments on theAzerbaijan purchase of Israeli ASM ” Gabriel -5″

The commander of Iran's navy comments on theAzerbaijan  purchase of  Israeli ASM

04.09.2013 TSAMTO
Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayar called the Caspian Sea ” a sea of ​​peace and friendship,” while noting that the recent purchase of Azerbaijan of Israeli RCC is not going to benefit stability in the region , ” Fars News ” said.

Commenting on the purchase by Azerbaijan of Israeli anti-ship missiles , ” Gabriel -5 » , H.Sayyari noted that Iran has repeatedly stated that the Caspian countries should coordinate their military purchases with countries bordering the Caspian Sea (Iran, Russia , Kazakhstan , Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan).

It should be noted that the Iranian and Azerbaijani officials have always stressed that Tehran and Baku are opposed to foreign intervention in the region to ensure security in the Caspian Sea.

As reported in March last year, by the Azerbaijani news agency APA citing a report by SIPRI , Azerbaijan buys weapons in Israel since 2008 .

According to SIPRI , Azerbaijan gained in Israel in 2008 10 unnamed -type UAV , in 2011 two UAVs ” Hermes 450 ” as well as 10 sets designed for assembly in Azerbaijan the UAV type “Aerostar” ( 2010 ) . In 2011, under an agreement signed between the parties , Azerbaijan were sold the anti-aircraft missile systems ” Barak 8 ” with 75 missiles , radar EL/M-2080 « Green Pine “, anti-ship cruise missiles ” Gabriel -5″ (number withheld) , 5 UAVs
” Heron ” and 5 UAVs ” Sercher “

New Russian missile boat to start Caspian trials in August

New Russian missile boat to start Caspian  trials  in August

MOSCOW, August 2 (RIA Novosti) – A new missile boat will start sea trials with Russia’s Caspian Flotilla in late August, the Southern Military District said Friday.

The Uglich is the second Project 21631 missile corvette. The first, the Grad Sviyazhsk, is already in final state tests. Both ships are due to join the flotilla after completing all trials and state tests before the end of the year, the district’s press service said.

The new corvette’s crew is to be made up of contract servicemen, the service added.

The 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.

In addition to the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Uglich, the Caspian Flotilla will also take delivery of a Grachonok-class patrol boat, several Serna-class landing craft, and three tugboats in the near future, the strategic command’s press service said in March.

Iran, Russia to hold joint Navy grills in Caspian sea

Iran, Russia to hold joint Navy grills in Caspian sea

ASTRAKHAN, June 28 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian and Iranian navies are planning to hold joint exercises in the Caspian Sea in the second half of this year, a Russian military commander said Friday.

Nikolai Yakubovsky, deputy commander of Russia’s Caspian Flotilla, made the announcement after a meeting with the commander of a group of Iranian guided-missile boats that were visiting the port of Astrakhan.

Iranian navy representatives welcomed the opportunity to take part in the joint exercises, but declined to discuss the plans in more detail.

In 2009, Russia and Iran held their first joint naval exercise in the Caspian, involving about 30 ships.

Caspian Flotilla commander Admiral Sergey Alekminsky said in an interview with Moscow radio station Ekho Moskvy in November that the two navies could strengthen their collaboration in the future.