Sea alert: Russian warships head for Syria

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    Sea alert: Russian warships head for Syria

    28 November, 2011, 15:19

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    Heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov (image from Блог Pilot’а)

    TRENDS:Syria unrest

    TAGS: Arms, Military, NATO, Russia, Politics, USA,Syria

    Moscow is deploying warships at its base in the Syrian port of Tartus. The long-planned mission comes, providentially, at the very moment when it could help prevent a potential conflict in the strategically important Middle Eastern country.

    The Russian battle group will consist of three vessels led by the heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser, Admiral Kuznetsov.

    Russian military officials insist that the move has no connection with the ongoing crisis in the region and was planned a year ago, the Izvestia newspaper reports. Apart from Syria, the aircraft carrier and its escort ships are set to visit the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Genoa in Italy and Cyprus, says the former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Viktor Kravchenko.

    Nevertheless, he added that the presence of a military force other than NATO’s is very useful for this region, because“it will prevent the outbreak of an armed conflict,” Izvestia quoted Kravchenko as saying.

    The Soviet Union, the Admiral recalled, created a special naval squadron to deter Western military forces in the Mediterranean Sea. To repair and supply its ships, Moscow needed its own maintenance base in the region, and that was how the base in Tartus came into being.

    At present, the base is mostly used to support vessels of Russia’s Black Sea fleet. Some 600 military and civilian personnel of the Defense Ministry serve there.

    News of Russia’s naval deployment in Tartus came shortly after the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush anchored off Syria, along with additional naval vessels. The US battle group is to remain in the Mediterranean, allegedly to conduct maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. The US 6th Fleet is also patrolling the area, Interfax reports.

    “Of course, the Russian naval forces in the Mediterranean will be incommensurate with those of the US 6th Fleet, which includes one or two aircraft carriers and several escort ships,” Admiral Kravchenko explained. “But today, no one talks about possible military clashes, since an attack on any Russian ship would be regarded as a declaration of war with all the consequences.”

    The mission is set to start in early December, when the Admiral Kuznetsov begins its journey in the Barents Sea, accompanied by another vessel of Russia’s Northern Fleet, the heavy ASW ship Admiral Chabanenko. The group will then skirt the European continent from the west and enter the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar.

    Later, they will be joined by frigate Ladny of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. It will travel through the Bosphorus, with a stop-over in Malta’s Valletta.

    Admiral Kuznetsov will be carrying eight Sukhoi Su-33 all-weather fighters, two Kamov Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopters and several brand new Mig-29K fighters. The Mig fighters were built for India’s air force and are supposed to be “tested” during their first assignment.

    Military officials have stressed that all flights will be performed in open waters, away from the Syrian coast.

    Unlike American aircraft carriers, designed largely as floating runways, Admiral Kuznetsov is a heavily-armed aircraft-carrying cruiser. Its primary armaments, among others, are 12 long-range surface-to-surface anti-ship Granit cruise missiles, a six-gun short-range surface-to-air missile system Kinzhal, eight close-in air defense Kashtan gun-missile systems and two UDAV-1 anti-submarine systems.

    The Admiral Kuznetsov has already been twice to the port of Tartus during its assignments in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean in 1995 and 2007.




    Source: https://rt.com/news/russian-aircraft-carrier-syria-363/
     
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    Nuke carrier leads US strike force into Syrian waters

    Nuclear aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush has reportedly anchored off Syria. As an Arab League deadline to allow observers into the country passes with no response from Damascus, the possibility of intervention in Syria seems to be growing.

    See video and complete news: https://rt.com/news/syria-intervention-us-warship-229/

     
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    Russian warships in Syrian waters

    Russian warships in Syrian waters

     
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    If the Russian fleet movement had nothing to do with the ongoing crisis, why are they not skipping Syria?
     
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    Because its got to do with ongoing crises.

    Since you were in army yourself that too in higher position than regular person so you know what goes on behind closed doors is not always revealed to all.
     
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    Hope this doesnt result in unnecessary tension between USA and Russia . relationship is improving but this incidence may take it back to decades.
     
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    Why not ? How does it affect us ?
     
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    Well said indeed!

    Putin is in charge of Russia!

    The Alpha Male!
     
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    Because we like to keep everyone happy.

    Haven't you noticed. China broke off border talks over Dalai Lama's presence at the Buddhist Meet.

    So, what did India do?

    The President and the PM did not attend the Meet!

    Does China bother about India's sensitivity?

    That is Indian psychology for you!
     
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    I know majority of Indians are pacifists but i like to think we on this forum are not!

    btw i dont think president and pm were supposed to attend ? todays newspaper said that delhi cm and leader of opposition were supposed to give speech but didn't attend.
     
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    Yes they were supposed to attend!
     
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    Amid China row, President, PM skip global Buddhist meet

    New Delhi: With China upping the ante over the Dalai Lama issue, President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh skipped the four-day Global Buddhist Conference that began on Sunday with the chanting of prayers to mark the 2,600th year of Buddha's enlightenment.

    Amid China row, President, PM skip global Buddhist meet - 1 -  
     
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    Russia has naval base in Syria. Even if there was no internal conflict there, those vessels were expected to visit or dock at the Syrian port of Tartus anyway.
     
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    pmaitra,

    Thanks.

    But I was wondering.

    Let me search!
     
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    Russia sending warships to its base in Syria

    (Reuters) - Russia is sending a flotilla of warships to its naval base in Syria in a show of force which suggests Moscow is willing to defend its interests in the strife-torn country as international pressure mounts on President Bashar al-Assad's government.

    Arab League sanctions and French calls for the establishment of humanitarian zones in Syria have increased international pressure on Assad to end bloodshed that the United Nations says has killed 3,500 people during nine months of protests against his rule.

    Russia, which has a naval maintenance base in Syria and whose weapons trade with Damascus is worth millions of dollars annually, joined China last month to veto a Western-backed U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Assad's government.

    Izvestia newspaper reported on Monday, citing retired Russian Admiral Viktor Kravchenko, that Russia plans to send its flagship aircraft carrier the "Admiral Kuznetsov" along with a patrol ship, an anti-submarine craft and other vessels.

    "Having any military force apart from NATO is very beneficial for the region as it prevents the outbreak of armed conflict," Kravchenko, who was navy chief of staff from 1998-2005, was quoted as saying by Izvestia.

    A navy spokesman quoted by the newspaper confirmed that the Russian warships would head to the maintenance base Russia keeps on the Syrian coast near Tartus but said the trip had nothing to do with the uprising against Assad.

    The paper said the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier would be armed with at least eight Sukhoi-33 fighters, several MiG-29K fighters and two helicopters.

    It will also have cruise and surface to air missiles, the paper said.

    A navy spokesman was not available to comment to Reuters.

    Yegor Engelhart, an analyst with Moscow-based defense think-tank CAST, said Moscow did not want its position to be ignored while the Assad government was under pressure.

    "At the very least Moscow wants to show that it is willing to defend its interests in Syria," he said

    Russian officials say the naval base at Tartus is used for repairs to ships from its Black Sea fleet and Izvestia said about 600 Russian Defense Ministry employees worked there. There are currently no Russian ships there, the paper said.

    Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, abstained from voting on a resolution that paved the way for Western military intervention in Libya but later criticized the mission saying NATO overstepped its mandate and interfered in a civil war.

    Russia said it lost of tens of billions of dollars in potential arms deals with Muammar Gaddafi's fall and is loathe to lose another customer in the region. Syria accounted for 7 percent of Russia's total of $10 billion in arms deliveries abroad in 2010, according to CAST.

    Moscow has traditionally used what influence it still has in the Middle East as a lever in diplomatic maneuvering with Europe and in particular the United States, Moscow's Cold War foe.

    Russia sending warships to its base in Syria | Reuters
     
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    Wow, I hope it doesn't break down again as Tartus isn't deep enough for that hunk of junk.
     
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    Russia is trying to save face... Here comes the USSR (lite) limping. Expect more of this kind of dictator hugging measures from Russia when Putin assumes the Presidency. Really, a bad foot to build on for Russia's future super power status dreams.
     
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    Putin was president, then he hand-picked his successor, and now will be president again? And, he has a cult following. All very disturbing.

    (Who the hell does he think he is, Bill Clinton?)
     

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