DISCLOSURE: Sourced from Russian government funded media
Russia assembles unprecedented grouping of warships in the Black Sea
… from South Front, with a possible Russian bias
[ Editor’s Note: I don’t know why the Russian command would concentrate so large a naval force in a relatively enclosed area when, if a Ukraine conflict arose, it would be primarily a ground operation.
Maybe the increased concentration of air defenses and long range cruise missiles was considered crucial for defending the Russian base in Crimea. But the missiles could have been stationed on land without risking the loss of a ship.
Maybe it is a deterrent, but for what… the US or NATO going in? What for? By the time they deployed, the ground operation would be over. Sanctions would be triggered, Nordstream 2 possibly toast and Moscow would have Donbass, and natural gas cut off to Europe.
But at what cost, especially if precious naval assets were lost, which take years to replace?
US war hype continues with the old tired, false flag media spin, a repeat story that US media is giving huge coverage to, but without posing what motivation would Putin have to make such a move? It would seem to only benefit NATO beating the drum about Russian aggression. Ukraine is more than capable of rigging a false flag event if NATO asks it to.
Mind you, the US has 700 overseas bases, with Russia and China maybe a half dozen between them. How many regime changes have Russia and China facilitated in the last 20 to 30 years, versus the West and NATO? This is not rocket science as to who is really beating the war drums… Jim W. Dean ]
First published February 12, 2022
Excluding small landing craft, small missile, small anti-submarine ships, submarines and auxiliary ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, the naval strike group of Russia consists of:
- Varyag Cruiser
- Cruiser Moscow
- Cruiser Marshal Ustinov
- Frigate Admiral Grigorovich
- Frigate Admiral Makarov
- Frigate Admiral Essen
- Frigate Admiral Kasatonov
- BOD (large anti-submarine ship) Admiral Tributs
- BOD Admiral Kulakov
- BDK (large landing craft) Korolev
- BDK Minsk
- BDK Kaliningrad
- BDK Olenegorsky miner
- BDK George the Victorious
- BDK Pyotr Morgunov
- BDK Yamal
- BDK Azov
- BDK Caesar Kunikov
- BDK Novocherkassk
- BDK Nikolay Filchenkov
- BDK Saratov
- BDK Orsk
- SRZ (reconnaissance ship) Vasily Tatishchev
- Valentin Pikul minesweeper
- Vice Admiral Zaharin minesweeper
Also, two more corvettes will be relocated from the Atlantic grouping of the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Federation, which, while in the Celtic Sea and now headed south to Gibraltar.
The cruisers of the Moscow type have on board the S-300F air defense system, with a range of up to 100 km and an ammunition supply of up to 150 long-range missiles in total. That is, they create a powerful air defense umbrella for the entire group.
The frigates are equipped with Caliber (Kalibr) missile launch systems, which are designed for strikes on point coastal targets, totaling at least 50 missiles, not counting missiles from small missile ships and submarines.
Modern rapid-firing artillery systems are installed on Russian cruisers, which, almost at the pace of a machine gun, can fire projectiles weighing 33 kg at coastal targets, at a range of up to 27 km.
In case of provocations by Ukraine or NATO and the subsequent need to land troops near Odessa.
The air defense of cruisers can completely deprive them of the opportunity to use aviation against them, the artillery of the ship group can be used to suppress enemy resistance centers on the shore, and the Caliber complexes will not allow the use of any anti-ship systems.
Up to 2 brigades of marines with equipment can be transferred to 13 BDK, with the possibility of landing a group of troops directly in the port in Odessa, or on the beaches.
The combined combat potential of the Russian group in the Black Sea is unprecedented over the past few decades.
At the same time, it is more likely that such forces are concentrated not for an aggressive attack on Ukraine, but as a measure to deter the adventurous provocations of the Kiev regime and its Anglo-Saxon patrons.