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    So... spying is the purpose? G20 Summit? Who knows.


    US kept a close watch on Russian navy fleet heading for Australian waters which are believed to be acting on orders to spy on leaders at G20 summit

    • Russian fleet is reportedly on its way into Australian waters
    • It is understood to be a sign of solidarity with the Russian president
    • Australian intelligence believe Russian vessels will spy on G20 leaders
    • It is understood the US kept a close eye on Russian ships near Japan
    • Prime Minister Tony Abbott has downplayed the move
    • He described it as unusual but not unprecedented
    • Comes ahead of the G20 summit being held in Brisbane at the weekend
    • The four ships are Varyag, Shaposhnikov, Fotiy Krylov and Boris Butoma

    By Sally Lee and Freya Noble for Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press
    Published: 09:56 EST, 13 November 2014 | Updated: 10:28 EST, 13 November 2014


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    The Russian navy fleet heading for Australian waters is believed to be acting on orders to spy on leaders and officials at the G20 summit.
    While Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to land in Brisbane on Friday night for the conference, The Australian reports US warships have been keeping a close watch on four Russian ships as they moved south near Japan.
    Sources have told The Daily Telegraph they have already warned those attending the summit to be wary their conversations on phones or other communication devices may be monitored.
    But the Russians aren't expected to stand alone in the act as one source says there will be others engaging in similar activity.
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) spoke with Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) during their meeting at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing on Tuesday


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    A fleet of Russian warships are reportedly on their way into Australian waters

    In light of information that a fleet of Russian ships are on their way to Australian waters, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has downplayed the apparent show of strength.
    The move appears to be a show of force from Russia, whose leader Vladimir Putin met with Mr Abbott at the APEC leader's summit on Tuesday in Beijing.
    The pair discussed the MH17 tragedy and Abbott demanded an apology and compensation for the victims of the doomed flight from Putin, citing a similar case where the US took these actions after accidentally shooting down an aircraft.
    The prime minister said the journey had been planned for sometime, and while it was unusual, the move is not entirely unprecedented.
    'Plainly it takes weeks, if not months, to deploy warships thousands of miles from your bases,' Mr Abbott said.
    'So this Russian deployment into Pacific waters is something that has been a long, long time in preparation.
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    'It's not unusual for Russia to deploy naval elements when there are significant international events taking place.
    'Certainly it is unusual for Russian naval elements to be in Australian waters.
    'Unusual, not entirely unprecedented, but unusual.'
    Mr Abbott said the Russian navy also deployed to Singapore when the republic hosted an APEC conference, and in the Pacific when San Francisco when it hosted a major summit.
    The prime minister was in Myanmar for the East Asia Summit, where maritime security in the South China Sea was set to dominate discussions.
    Australia must also allow freedom of the seas, he said.
    'If Australia, the United States and others expect, indeed demand, the right of passage for naval vessels in Asia, obviously we have to accept the right of passage for military or naval vessels in the Pacific,' he said.
    Meantime defence confirmed on Wednesday it was monitoring the four Russian naval ships in international waters in the Coral Sea.

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    One aide got a front-row seat to the tension between Putin and Abbott in Beijing

    Global security expert believes Russian ships are intimidation...





    Defence Force chief Mark Binskin has downplayed the strength of the Russian naval fleet.
    Asked why Russia was sending four ships to the international summit instead of the usual one or two, he indicated they weren't all warships.
    Russia had publicised its intent to deploy a task force to the South Pacific a while ago, and an ocean-going tug and an oiler are part of that group.
    'So it's just one part of their operations. They're in international waters. They're allowed to do that. And we'll continue to surveil them,' he said.
    The news comes after the highly anticipated exchange between Mr Abbott and Mr Putin at this week's APEC summit.

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    There were reportedly 'no harsh words' between the two leaders


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    The force could be in Australian waters outside of Brisbane by the weekend when the G20 summit will be held


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    The four Russian ships are near Bougainville in the Coral Sea


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    Among them is the Russian destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov (pictured)

    Russian warships continue to steam towards the Australian coast





    While 'no harsh words' were exchanged during the 15-minute meeting, Russia rejected Mr Abbott's demand the Kremlin apologise for the downing of the passenger jet MH17 over Ukraine.
    The attack resulted in the deaths of 298 people, including 38 Australian citizens and residents, and is believed to have been carried out by separatists using Russia equipment.
    Asked if the ships were a show of force, Air Chief Marshal Binskin said: 'You'll have to ask the Russians.'

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    The pair discussed the MH17 tragedy and Abbott demanded an apology and compensation for the victims


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    President Putin refused to apologise for the downing of the passenger jet MH17 over Ukraine


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    Putin waves during a tree-planting ceremony at the APEC summit in Beijing

    CEO of Intelligent Risks Neil Fergus said on the Today Show that while it is a show of strength there is 'not necessarily anything wrong because the fleet will stay out in international waters and doesn't need permission'.
    'Putin has organised fleets in recent years when he goes to these summits,' Mr Fergus added, as he explained Putin's father was in the navy so there are strong family ties.
    Australian ships HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Stuart have been sent to monitor the fleet.
    A P3 Orion Surveillance Aircraft has also been deployed to the area to monitor the ships along with an Anzac class frigate, Seven News reported.

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    Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Russian President Vladimir Putin posed for an official photo with other leaders at the APEC summit on Monday


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    Despite standing just behind the Russian leader, Abbott avoided confrontation with Mr Putin... but he still stared daggers in the back of his head


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    Vladimir Putin meets with a student during his visit to the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok


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    Mr Putin was in Vladivostok for a two-day tour prior to the G20 summit


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    Mr Putin and Mr Abbott will have further discussions in Brisbane

    When Australian ships reach the Russian fleet Mr Fergus said there will be some 'polite engagement and navy discourse'.
    But he stressed 'there should be no alarm about diplomacy happening on the high seas'.
    It's not the first time Russian naval vessels have been present while an international summit is on.
    Russian warships were around for an APEC meeting in Singapore in 2009 as well as former Russian president Dimitri Medvedev's visit to San Francisco in 2010.
    Defence is directing further questions regarding the vessels to Russian authorities.

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    Mr Abbott poses for another awkward family photo at the East Asian Summit in Myanmar


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    Mr Abbott arrives in Burma for the ASEAN Summit on the way back to the G20 in Brisbane


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    Mr Abbott gave a presentation at the ASEAN meeting


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    The summit was also attended by Barack Obama, Thai Premier Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Premier Narendra Modi


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    Tony Abbott leans in to greet the President of Myanmar Thein Sein and his wife Khin Khin Win at ASEAN


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    Mr Abbott then leaned in a little too much for a handshake moment with Myanmar's leader


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    Everyone, link hands! Mr Obama, Mr Razak, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung pose for a group photo

    Abbott reportedly knew of a developing security threat to Australia when he left China earlier on Wednesday.
    Putin is said to have ordered the fleet, and it has been instructed to 'show the flag' on Saturday morning, The Daily Telegraph reported.
    A senior government source told The Daily Telegraph the intentions of the Russian leader were obvious.
    'There is no doubt this is posturing, to show the power of the Russia fleet,' the source said.
    While still south of Bougainville in the Coral Sea, the force could be outside of Brisbane by the weekend when the G20 summit will be held.

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    Leaders, including Barack Obama, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Tony Abbott, Malaysian PM Najib Razak and China president Xi Jinping posed for more family photos before leaving for the G20


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    Mr Obama and Mr Jinping shared a glass of wine while wrapping up proceedings in Bejing


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    Police forces have been beefed up ahead of the leaders' meeting


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    Off to Brisbane! Mr Obama boards Air Force One in Beijing to head to the G20 summit, where he will stay in the presidential suite at the Marriott Hotel


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    Officers are already stationed outside gates and entrances at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre

    More hotels and roads in lockdown ahead of G20 summit





    Defence said the movement of the Russian vessels is consistent with provisions under international law, allowing military vessels to exercise freedom of navigation in international waters.
    At this point Russia has made no request to port in Australia, and if they wished to do so would have to provide at least 48 hours notice.
    The fleet is reportedly led by a guided missile cruiser ahead of destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov.
    Tug boat Fotiy Krylov and supply tanker Boris Butoma round out the second half of the group.
    Meantime there are security measures building onshore in Brisbane before world leaders arrive in the capital city in the coming days.
    Beefed up police forces have already at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre where the G20 summit will be held.
    Officers have been stationed to guard gates and entrances, block roads and patrol the areas around the centre.

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    Road blocks are also in place ahead of the meeting which will see leaders from around the world in Australia


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    Additional officers will be patrolling the areas surrounding the convention centre
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    Russian warships in English Channel for exercises - RIA Novosti





    MOSCOW, Nov 28 (Reuters) - A squadron of Russian warships entered the English Channel on Friday to hold exercises, state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing the Russian Northern Fleet press service.

    It said that the Northern Fleet squadron, lead by anti-submarine ship Severomorsk, had passed through the Straits of Dover and was now in neutral waters of the Seine Bay awaiting a storm to pass.

    (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, editing by Jason Bush)

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    Russian Intel Ship Spying on US Missile Submarines

    AGI Viktor Leonov recently spotted in Cuba

    February 13, 2015
    By Bill Gertz

    A Russian intelligence-gathering ship is again plying the waters off the southern United States in operations aimed at spying on U.S. ballistic missile submarines based in the area, defense officials said.

    The intelligence collection ship, Viktor Leonov, has been closely watched by U.S. Navy ships and aircraft for the past several days near Jacksonville, Fla., close to the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Ga. The ship also conducted operations there in April.

    The spying comes amid heightened U.S.-Russia tensions over the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian forces annexed the Crimea last year and are continuing to arm pro-Moscow rebels in the eastern part of the country.

    The Kings Bay base is homeport for the Navy’s Submarine Group 10, with six nuclear-armed missile submarines and two conventionally armed missile submarines.

    “It’s been all in international waters and all perfectly legal,” said a defense official familiar with efforts to monitor the ship. “But it’s interesting that it is operating, collecting on us where it is.”

    This week, the Leonov was spotted anchored about 22 miles off the Florida coast, southeast of Kings Bay.

    It reportedly left Cuba on Jan. 22, and its movements since then have not been made public.

    The ship, known as an AGI in military parlance, is equipped with high technology gear designed to pick up electronic communications and underwater signals. It is also armed with 30-millimeter cannon and anti-aircraft guns.

    The Leonov recently made headlines by making a port visit to Havana, Cuba, in late January that coincided with the Obama administration’s initiative to normalize relations with the communist regime in Cuba.

    The spy ship’s presence also comes as Russia is increasing the number of strategic bomber flights near U.S. and allied coasts. One recent air defense zone incursion took place near eastern Canada that U.S. officials said simulated a nuclear cruise missile attack on the United States.

    The Tu-95 flights appear to have subsided in recent weeks, defense officials said.

    The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, told Congress last week that Russia is building up nuclear forces and increasing out-of-area operations, including in the Caribbean.

    “Russian forces have conducted exercises and … record numbers of out-of-area air and naval operations,” Stewart said in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee.

    “ We expect this to continue this year to include greater activity in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas.”

    On Moscow’s nuclear buildup, Stewart said: “Moscow has made significant progress in modernizing its nuclear and conventional forces, improving its training and joint operational proficiency, modernizing its military doctrine to integrate new methods of warfare, and developing long range precision strike capabilities.”

    “We anticipate continued high levels of Russian military activity in 2015,” he added.

    New Russian strategic forces include additional deployments of an advanced version of the road-mobile SS-27 missile with multiple warheads, the new RS-26 missile, and the SS-N-32 submarine launched ballistic missile.

    In April, the Washington Free Beacon revealed that the Leonov, along with the Nikolay Chiker, a naval tug capable of serving Russian submarines, were conducting operations off the East Coast.

    The Pentagon played down the vessels’ presence as outside U.S. territorial waters, but near Cuba.

    Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, has shown a revival of Cold War rhetoric and nuclear activities, including large-scale strategic nuclear exercises and a build up of nuclear forces.

    In 2012, the Navy detected a Russian Akula attack submarine near the East Coast. In a conflict, Akula submarines would be tasked to find and sink U.S. missile submarines.

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    U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship in Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas

    High-tech spy vessel carries cable-cutting gear, mini-subs

    September 3, 2015
    By Bill Gertz



    U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials.

    The Russian research ship Yantar has been tracked from the northern Atlantic near Canada since late August as it makes its way south toward Cuba.

    Defense officials familiar with reports on the Russian ship say the Yantar is believed to be gathering intelligence on underwater sensors and other equipment used by U.S. nuclear submarines based at Kings Bay, Georgia. The submarines, their transit lanes, and training areas stretch from the coastal base through the Atlantic to Europe.

    Intelligence analysts believe the ship, one of Russia’s newest military research vessels commissioned earlier this year, is part of a larger strategic intelligence-gathering operation against U.S. nuclear missile submarines and other targets.

    One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information, said the ship is a concern because it is equipped with deep-sea surveillance craft and cable-cutting equipment.

    In addition to cutting or tapping into undersea cables, the Yantar’s gear also could be used to rescue submarines if they become entangled in underwater cables.

    A second defense official said the Yantar’s mission is not only to prepare to disrupt underwater communications. The ship is also part of a Russian underwater reconnaissance program to identify undersea communications trunk lines and nodes.

    A major target of the program is the Department of Defense Information Network, known as DoDIN. Moscow is seeking to map the global information network that is vital for U.S. warfighters and policymakers and is a key target of Russian information warfare efforts.

    The network includes dedicated military links as well as leased communications and computer systems.

    Another concern related to the sea-based intelligence activities is that Russia has been adopting new warfighting techniques the Pentagon has dubbed hybrid warfare.

    Hybrid conflict combines traditional military capabilities with information warfare techniques, such as cyber attacks. The disabling of undersea Internet cables could be a part of future hybrid warfare attacks as nations become increasingly reliant on global information networks, officials said.

    Non-government military analysts identified the Yantar off the coast of Nova Scotia around Aug. 24.

    More recently, an underwater military blog called “7 Feet Beneath the Keel,” reported the Yantar’s location on Sept. 1 as 90 miles north of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, some 769 miles from Kings Bay.

    A Pentagon spokesman said the military is aware of the ship. “We respect the freedom of all nations to operate military vessels in international waters in accordance with international law,” the spokesman said.

    The Yantar—Russian for “amber”—was built in a Baltic Sea shipyard of the same name and launched in last spring, the state-run Sputnik news agency reported on May 23. The ship will be used for deep-sea research and rescue operations.

    The ship is part of Russia’s Northern Fleet and is equipped with two deep-sea remotely piloted submersibles.

    “The ship carries the latest, most innovative equipment for acoustic, biological, physical, and geophysical surveys,” the report said.

    “The Yantar is equipped with a unique on-board scientific research complex which enables it to collect data on the ocean environment, both in motion and on hold. There are no similar complexes anywhere,” said Alexei Burilichev, director of deepwater research at the Russian Defense Ministry, Sputnik reported.

    Steffan Watkins, a Canadian-based open-source intelligence analyst who monitors Russian ship movements, said the Russian navy sends such auxiliary vessels to the region once or twice a year to check on existing U.S. underwater sensors or cables that have been detected previously. The ships also search for new equipment on the sea floor that would reveal U.S. operations.

    In April 2014, the Pentagon said it was watching two Russian spy ships, the Viktor Leonov and Nikolay Chiker operating in the Atlantic near Kings Bay.

    “I don’t think the Yantar is actively pulling up underwater cables,” said Watkins. “It seems more likely‎ they’d use their underwater sensors to map out defenses to prepare for future operations, and to avoid, blind, or destroy the sensors.”

    Officials said another factor increasing U.S. concerns about Russian reconnaissance is Moscow’s recent adoption of a new military doctrine that places a greater reliance on strategic nuclear forces.

    In addition to research ships, Russia’s military also is building a new class of intelligence-gathering and electronic warfare ships called Yuri Ivanov-class vessels.

    Germany’s Bilt newspaper reported last month that the new spy ships are designed to track and follow U.S. warships. The ships will also provide communications and fleet management, conduct electronic warfare capabilities, and gather radio and electronic intelligence. The first ship was launched in July and three others are planned.

    The new Ivanov spy ship was launched the same day that President Vladimir Putin unveiled a new Russian maritime doctrine that divided naval operating areas into six regions: Atlantic, Arctic, Antarctic, Caspian, Indian Ocean, and Pacific.

    Russia’s priority for shipbuilding under the new doctrine will be ballistic missile submarines and nuclear attack submarines for its Northern and Pacific fleets.

    Russia is deploying a new class of nuclear missile submarines called the Borey-class and maintaining existing Delta III and Delta IV missile submarines. Another generation of submarines beyond the Borey-class is also planned for 2030 to 2050.

    A Russian embassy spokesman did not respond to an email request for comment.


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    Russia Announces Naval Drills In 'East Mediterranean'

    September 24, 2015

    Russia's defence ministry on Thursday said it will hold naval drills in the "east Mediterranean" in September and October, as the West frets over a military buildup by Moscow in Syria.

    The exercises include three warships from Russia's Black Sea Fleet, including the Saratov landing ship, the Moskva guided missile cruiser and the Smetlivy destroyer, the ministry said in a statement.

    The drills will involve "40 combat exercises, including rocket and artillery fire at sea and airborne targets," the statement said.

    The ministry said that the Mediterranean drills -- which were restarted in early 2013 -- had been planned since the end of last year and did not link them to the conflict in Syria.

    The United States has accused Moscow of sending troops, tanks and fighter jets to Syria in recent weeks, sparking fears that Russia could be preparing to join in fighting alongside its long-standing ally President Bashar al-Assad.

    Syrian officials said this week that they have received new warplanes and sophisticated missiles from Russia and some reports in Russia alleged that Moscow has dispatched soldiers to the war-torn country.

    In an interview with Interfax news agency, the Syrian ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad that Russia's support on the ground "will happen if it is needed."

    "Russia's help will help Syria finally win over terrorist groups," he said, adding that there is a "high level of cooperation" between Syria, Russia and Iran on the conflict.

    Russia officially alerted the airport in Cyprus earlier this month through the international aviation authorities to divert aircraft from the area between Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval facility, and Cyprus.

    The Moskva cruiser, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, left its base in Crimea on Thursday and is now heading to the exercises, the ministry added separately.

    Russia, which has supported the Syrian regime throughout the four-and-half year conflict that has claimed some 250,000 lives there, says any support is in line with existing military contracts and that personnel have been sent to train the Syrian forces.

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    Admiral Kuznetsov To Sail For Mediterranean

    March 11, 2016



    Happy Friday, FighterSweep Fans! It appears as though Vladimir Putin is looking to increase the Russian military’s presence in the Middle East. TASS reported this past Saturday the heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will be setting sail for the Mediterranean sometime this summer.

    A high-ranking official in the Russian Navy says, “we plan the Admiral Kuznetsov’s campaign in the Mediterranean Sea, where it will lead the Navy group in that region.”

    The Kuznetsov, the flagship of the Russian Navy, is currently moored at the 35th Shipyard in Murmansk, undergoing preparations and re-fitting for its upcoming cruise.

    The ship’s overall design is derived from its predecessor, the 1982 Kiev class, but is noticeably a larger craft. The flight deck is of a conventional angled-deck configuration, and is also equipped with a ski-jump flight deck at the bow o the ship. Instead of using aircraft catapults, the sky jump has a pitch of 12-degrees, which is very similar to the British Royal Navy‘s carriers.



    Admiral Kuznetsov is a “STOBAR” vessel, meaning Short TakeOff But Arrested Recovery: her flight deck is equipped with the standard landing area arresting cables, but she is lacking catapults used by French and American aircraft carriers. According to original design specifications, the full complement of the Kuznetsov is thirty-three fixed-wing aircraft and up to twelve helicopters.

    The Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker-D, the Russian Navy variant of the popular fourth-generation fighter, features 12 hard-points instead of the standard ten, and ordnance was limited to just over 14,000 pounds because of the fighter’s higher max takeoff weight.

    It’s unclear what all of the Kuznetsov’s taskings will be once it reaches the Mediterranean, but it certainly gives a degree of flexibility to Putin’s Navy for conducting combat operations over Syria and other areas where he is looking to expand his sphere of influence. We will find out soon enough!

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    Major Russian Naval Force Sails To North Sea Past Norway

    October 18, 2016

    A Russian aircraft-carrier and other warships have reached waters near Trondheim in Norway and will soon head towards the UK.

    The naval task force from Russia's Northern Fleet is expected to sail through the English Channel, then down to Gibraltar, and through the Mediterranean Sea to the Syrian coast.

    The carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is escorted by seven other Russian ships.

    The group will join the Russian combat mission in war-torn Syria.

    It is the most powerful Russian naval task force to sail in northern Europe since 2014, Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reports.

    NATO has accused Russia of provocative military manoeuvres, especially in the Baltic region. Russian warplanes have stepped up patrols near Nato countries' airspace.

    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite condemned Russia's recent deployment of nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to the Russian Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad.

    Speaking in Helsinki on Tuesday, she called it an "aggressive, open demonstration of power" against not just the three Baltic states, but European capitals.



    Cruise missiles

    The aircraft-carrier is the only one in the Russian navy. It can carry more than 50 aircraft and its weapons systems include Granit anti-ship cruise missiles.

    Next in the flotilla, in terms of firepower, is the Russian nuclear-powered battle cruiser Peter the Great.

    A Norwegian Lockheed P-3 Orion reconnaissance plane, monitoring the force, photographed the ships. MiG-29 Fulcrum jets and combat helicopters were visible on the carrier's deck.

    The other Russian surface ships in the group are: two large anti-submarine warships - the Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov - and four support vessels.



    "The Kuznetsov Task Group situation is normal routine for the Norwegian military," said Norwegian military spokesperson Maj Elisabeth Eikeland. "The only unusual thing is the amount of ships," she told the BBC.

    The group will beef up the Russian naval presence off the Syrian coast - Russia already has about 10 ships there. During its bombardment of anti-government rebels in Syria that force has fired cruise missiles.

    In an article headed "Moscow's Maritime Fist" the Russian armed forces channel TV Zvezda said several submarines would probably move from the Atlantic to escort the flotilla.

    When the group reaches Syria the Russian navy will rival the firepower of the US Sixth Fleet in the region, Russian media report.

    Commenting on the Russian flotilla, a Royal Navy spokesperson said: "UK and NATO assets routinely monitor warships from other nations when they enter our area of interest and this will be no different."

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    Putin on a show: Kremlin mocks 'tiny' Royal Navy with sabre-rattling footage of fighter jets launching from a Russian warship off the Scottish coast on its way to 'seize control of the Med'

    • The Admiral Kuznetsov is conducting flight operations off the Orkneys
    • Russian pilots need additional training to operate at night from the carrier
    • The fleet is expected to sail through the English Channel to the Med
    • The Royal Navy is keeping the Russian fleet under close observation

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    A Russian defence expert has branded the Royal Navy as 'weak' as Vladimir Putin's flag ship the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov conducts flight operations off the coast of the Orkneys.
    The giant Admiral Kuznetsov and its flotilla is conducting flight drills in international waters near the Orkneys.
    The flotilla is being observed by the frigate HMS Richmond. A second frigate and a destroyer are on their way to the area.
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    The Norwegian Air Force shadowed the Admiral Kuznetsov heading south on Monday, pictured



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    The HMS Richmond is observing the Admiral Kuznetsov conduct flight training operations off the coast of the Orkneys as the Russian carrier fleet prepares to deploy to the Mediterranean



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    The HMS Richmond, pictured, is currently shadowing the fleet but will soon be joined by a second frigate and possibly even a destroyer before the Russians move towards the North Sea

    As well as the Royal Navy, the Royal Norwegian Navy, Finnish Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy have vessels surrounding the North Sea.
    NATO aircraft are also patrolling the area, with tanker aircraft on station ready to refuel any fighter jets tasked with observing the Russian fleet.
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    Russian military expert Alexander Khrolenko told The Sun: 'While the North Atlantic bloc is stalling in the sands of the Middle East, the Russian Navy seizes control over the Atlantic, not to mention the Mediterranean and Black Seas.'
    He added: 'They [NATO] have no equal in the Mediterranean.'
    In addition the RAF Quick Reaction Alert squadrons in RAF Lossiemouth in north east Scotland and RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
    The Admiral Kuznetsov is protected by a battle cruiser and a pair of large anti-submarine ships.


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    The aircraft carrier is supported by the nuclear-powered battleship Pyotr Velikiy, pictured on Monday passing the Norwegian coast by a Lockheed P3-Orion surveillance aircraft



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    The Russians have also sent a submarine, pictured, to protect the aircraft carrier fleet

    It is also protected from below the surface by an attack submarine.
    The Kuznetsov has undergone an extensive refit since its last deployment to the Mediterranean in 2014 when it had to be followed by several tugs in case its steam turbine engines packed up.
    Earlier this week the Norwegian navy followed the heavily-armed fleet as it sailed south from Severomorsk, near Murmansk in the Barents Sea.
    According to the Ministry of Defence, the Russian fleet is being kept under close observation by the Royal Navy and the RAF.


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    The Admiral Kuznetsov is carrying Sukhoi SU-27-K Flanker fighter bombers

    A source told MailOnline: 'The Admiral Kuznetsov is currently conducting flight operations off the east coast of the Orkneys.
    'The pilots need to be certified for carrier take-offs and landings at day and night before it takes up station in the Mediterranean.
    'They are free to do this in international waters, but once they are in the English Channel, the aircraft will be grounded.'
    The MOD confirmed the Royal Navy would shadow the carrier and its fleet while it remains in the UK's area of interest.
    Also, RAF Typhoons and Tornadoes are on red alert at airbases in Lossiemouth in North East Scotland and Coningsby in Lincolnshire in case any Russian jets stray into UK airspace


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    The French Navy has the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Mediterranean already conducting combat operations against ISIS targets in Syria



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    The Charles De Gaulle is the only non-American nuclear powered aircraft carrier in service



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    The Charles De Gaulle is been protected by the guided missile destroyer USS Ross, pictured here in the Combat Information Centre where its Tomahawk cruise missiles are controlled



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    The USS Ross was tasked to support the Charles de Gaulle in the eastern Mediterranean

    The fleet could possibly route around Ireland's west coast to avoid the English Channel, however there is far greater shelter avoiding the Atlantic Ocean.
    However, after going through the Bay of Biscay and down the Portuguese coast, the fleet will pass through the nine mile wide Gibraltar straits before reaching its area of operation.
    It is understood the fleet will resupply before continuing to the Mediterranean.
    The Admiral Kuznetsov is the Russian flagship and the country's only aircraft carrier.
    The French already have the Charles De Gaulle operating in the eastern Mediterranean.
    Major Elisabeth Eikeland, spokeswoman for the Norwegian Army's National Joint Headquarters said: 'We have been informed that they are en route to the Mediterranean. It's not every day that so many ships sail together off Norway.'
    According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the aircraft carrier taskforce departed on Saturday to the Mediterranean.
    A spokesman said: '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 Russian MOD claimed: '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 Admiral Kuznetsov had previously operated in the Mediterranean early in 2014.
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    We really need to get rid of the pussy currently inhabiting 1600 Pennsylvania avenue.
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    At this point, I have a feeling some of this is out of his hands.

    The US Navy is floating there too.... Along with the UK Navy. And if there's even the slightest provocation right now on either side, someone's gonna get shot at.
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    Russia's Super Secret Spy Submarine Returns to Sea

    October 24, 2016

    Earlier this month, a Russian ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) called Podmoskovie slipped out of its pier at Severodvinsk for the first time in 16 years.

    But BS-64 Podmoskovie—which was commissioned in 1986 as a Project 667BDRM Delfin-class (NATO: Delta IV) SSBN designated K-64—is no ordinary boomer. Over the course of nearly two decades, the massive submarine was modified to conduct special missions. But exactly what those missions might be remains somewhat of a mystery.

    Podmoskovie was photographed leaving the shipyard for contractor sea trials on Oct. 22 by Oleg Kuleshov, who writes for the BMPD blog—a product of the Moscow-based Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies.

    Podmoskovie and her sister BS-136 Orenburg—a former Delta III SSBN—are roughly analogous to the U.S. Navy’s secretive USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23)—which is a highly modified Seawolf-class boat. Carter is roughly 100ft longer that her two Seawolf-class sisters with the addition of a Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which allows the submarine to launch and recovery of various unmanned vehicles and support special operations forces. Podmoskovie is thought to be similar in concept—but the Russians are not exactly keen on sharing those details for obvious reasons.

    What is known about Podmoskovie is that the massive vessel entered the shipyard in 1999 under the Russian Ministry of Defense’s Project 09787—which ostensibly performs deep-sea research. By 2002, the boat had its missile tubes removed and the special compartments similar to those on Orenburg were installed. Indeed, externally, Podmoskovie looks very different from a standard Project 667BDRM boat aft of the sail and she appears to have had her hull lengthened.

    Podmoskovie is able to launch and recover unmanned underwater vehicles, which dock on top of the submarine where the missiles used to be located. One such unmanned submarine is the Klavesin-1R—which was developed by Russia’s Institute of Marine Technology. The unmanned submarine is able to dive to depths as great as 6000m—or nearly 20,000ft. The unmanned vessels are equipped with a variety of high and low frequency sonars.

    Podmoskovie is also thought to be able to host the secretive AS-12 Losharik—a nuclear-powered mini-submarine designed for intelligence and special operations missions at extreme depths—perhaps as great as 20,000ft. While very little is known about Losharik, the vessel is believed to be tasked with tapping undersea cables among its various other missions.

    Additionally, Podmoskovie will almost certainly host the Project 1851 Paltus and Project 1910 Kashalot nuclear-powered special operations mini-submarines. Like Losharik, the Paltus and Kashalot are thought to have both a research and military role. However, due to the level of secrecy surrounding these programs, there is very little information available about these vessels.

    It will take some time for Podmoskovie to complete its various sea trials, but all indications suggest that she will be a capable addition to the Kremlin’s arsenal when she returns to operational service. Podmoskovie is expected to joint the Russian Northern Fleet’s 29th Submarine Brigade when she rejoins the fleet.

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    Russia Sends Spy Ship Near US Coast, Deploys Banned Missiles At Home, Officials Say

    February 14, 2017

    A Russian spy ship was spotted patrolling off the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday morning, the first such instance during the Trump administration -- and the same day it was learned the Kremlin had secretly deployed controversial cruise missiles inside Russia and flew within 200 yards of a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials told Fox News.

    The Russian ship was in international waters, 70 miles off the coast of Delaware and heading north at 10 knots, according to one official. The U.S. territory line is 12 nautical miles.

    It was not immediately clear where the ship is headed.

    Later Tuesday, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Russia had deployed ground-launched cruise missiles to two locations inside the country in December. The New York Times first reported that the Obama administration had previously seen the missiles -- then in a testing phase -- as a violation of a 1987 treaty between the U.S. and Russia that banned ground-launched intermediate-range missiles.

    But Russia has pressed ahead with its program, apparently testing a Trump administration which has sought better ties with Moscow -- but is also fresh off the loss of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned Monday night in the wake of a scandal surrounding his communications with Russia.

    Adding to the aggressive actions, Fox News confirmed a report from The Washington Free Beacon that four Russian jets buzzed the USS Porter in the Black Sea on Friday. The destroyer was roughly 186 miles southwest of Crimea and roughly 50 miles off the coast of Romania, a U.S. official said.

    The jets buzzed the destroyer over course of “several hours,” the official said without specifying. A Russian IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft came in first, followed by two Su-24 attack jets, and then a single Su-24.

    All approached “low and fast,” the official added, saying the ship was conducting “routine operations in international waters.”

    The USS Porter made repeated radio calls to the Russian jets, but the calls were ignored. The jets had their transponders turned off, the official said.

    "There were several incidents involving multiple Russian aircraft," Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez, spokesman for the European Command, told The Free Beacon. "They were assessed by the commanding officer as unsafe and unprofessional."

    The ship, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, last sailed near the U.S. in April 2015, an official said. It was also seen in Havana in January 2015.

    Capable of intercepting communications or signals, known as SIGINT, the ship can also measure U.S. Navy sonar capabilities, a separate official said.

    The Russian spy ship is also armed with surface-to-air missiles.

    “It’s not a huge concern, but we are keeping our eyes on it,” one official said.

    This action by the Russian military follows recent missile test launches by Iran and North Korea.

    In the past, Russian spy ships have loitered off the coast of Kings Bay, Ga., home to a U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine base. During the Cold War, Russian intelligence gathering ships routinely parked off U.S. submarine bases along the East Coast

    In September 2015, another Russian spy ship was spotted near the U.S. outside the submarine base in Kings Bay.

    Outside of U.S. intelligence gathering satellites monitoring the Russian spy ship’s voyage north, there are several airborne platforms along the East Coast that could be used by the U.S. military to monitor the Russian ship, according to one official.

    Currently there are four U.S. Navy warships in the Atlantic off the coast of Norfolk participating in normal training, but none have been tasked with shadowing the Russian spy ship.

    There are no U.S. Navy aircraft carriers nearby.

    The USS Eisenhower, an aircraft carrier, is currently off the coast of Florida doing carrier qualifications, with young pilots making their first landings. Ike does not currently have strike aircraft.

    Last April, Russian Su-24s buzzed the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea flying as low as 30 feet above the ocean and coming very close to the American warship.

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    Russian Spy Ship Again Visits U.S. East Coast

    It was observed traveling northward along the east coast, but outside of U.S. territorial waters

    March 16, 2017


    Th Russian navy's intelligence-gathering ship Viktor Leonov was observed traveling along the U.S. east coast Monday, well outside U.S. territorial waters. The same ship was seen in February near U.S. naval bases in Virginia and Connecticut.

    A Russian spy ship spotted in February off the U.S. east coast reappeared off the coast of Georgia, a U.S. military official said.

    The unidentified military official told NBC News that the Russian Navy's SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, an AGI-class trawler designed as a traveling radio-listening post, was seen 20 nautical miles off the coast on Monday, near the U.S. Navy submarine base at King's Bay, Ga. The ship was traveling northward and well outside of U.S. territorial waters as it conducted a legal routine transit. It is expected to travel up the eastern seaboard and then head to a port of call in Jamaica.

    The same ship was seen in February as it passed a naval base in Virginia and a submarine base in Connecticut. It caused controversy at the time because its voyage came as Russian jets buzzed a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea and the United States accused Russia of deploying cruise missiles in violation of an arms control treaty.

    Monday's passage provoked little notice from Washington.

    "We are about as concerned this time as we are every other time they do this," the official commented.

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    Russian Naval Activity In Europe Exceeds Cold War Levels: U.S. Admiral

    April 9, 2017

    Recent Russian naval activity in Europe exceeds levels seen during the Cold War, a top U.S. and NATO military officer said, voicing concern that the distributed nature of the deployments could end up "splitting and distracting" the transatlantic alliance.

    Navy Admiral Michelle Howard, who heads NATO's Allied Joint Force Command in Naples and commands U.S. naval forces in Europe and Africa, said Russia had clearly stepped up its naval actions in recent years although the size of its navy was smaller now than during the Cold War era.

    "We're seeing activity that we didn't even see when it was the Soviet Union. It's precedential activity," Howard told Reuters in an interview late on Saturday during a missile defense conference.

    Howard cited a wide range of activities, including Russia's deployment of its Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier to the Mediterranean, increased patrols in the north Atlantic and Arctic region, significant out-of-area submarine deployments, and submarine movement in the Black Sea.

    "They’re a global navy, I understand that. But the activity in this theater has substantially moved up in the last couple of years," Howard said.

    She said there was a danger that members of the NATO alliance would focus on the area of interest closest to them, while losing sight of Russian activities in other areas.

    "When ... you think about what happens when they move forces around, you look at the alliance and they end up splitting and distracting the view of the alliance," she said.

    Howard's comments came amid a sharp escalation in tensions between Russia and the United States after Washington launched 59 cruise missiles against an air base in Syria in retaliation for a deadly toxic gas attack that killed scores of people.

    Howard said the Russian naval maneuvers had been matched by increased persistent cyber attacks by Moscow, and a steady number of unprofessional "fly bys" by Russian aircraft of U.S. and other allied vessels at sea.

    Ties between Moscow and the West have been strained since Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014 and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

    NATO has built up physical forces in Poland and the Baltic states to build up a deterrent and underscore the strength of the alliance, but U.S. and European officials are also increasingly concerned about what they describe as Moscow's use of propaganda and cyber attacks to influence Western elections.

    Russia denies Washington's claim that Moscow sought to influence the U.S. election, and views NATO's buildup of troops in Europe as a provocation.

    Howard said members of NATO had rallied to increase their capabilities and send a clear signal about the strength and resolve of the alliance.

    She hailed a recent agreement by Germany and Norway to build new submarines together as a sign of increased cooperation and said she would welcome further efforts by European partners to pool resources.

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    Anyone have movements on the ship headed for the US Fleet in the area of Syria?
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    Have not heard anything new on that one...

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