Russia’s Naval Strategy in the Mediterranean

Russian Military Reform – The Mediterranean will play a key role in Russian naval strategy because of its strategic significance as an access point to southern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. For Russia, the Mediterranean symbolizes the larger competition between Moscow and Washington.

Russian Navy To Be First To Field Hypersonic Cruise Missiles On Submarines

Forbes – The Russian Navy is expected to be the first country to field hypersonic cruise missiles on its submarines, potentially giving it some strategic advantages in naval warfare.

(Thanks to Alain)

Olenya Guba

Covert Shores – Fresh satellite imagery recently made available on Google Earth confirms that Russian Navy’s Beluga Whale pens have been moved to a stable position near the entrance of the Olenya Guba (Оленья Губа) secret submarine base near the Kola Peninsula. These pens were most likely involved in the whale which turned up in Norway in May. Additionally they confirm that the special mission host submarine BS-64 Podmoskovye returned to its home base of Olenya Guba very shortly after the Losharik submarine accident on July 1st.

(Thanks to Alain)

The Russian Navy: A Submarine Powerhouse?

National Interest – Will Moscow have the funds to keep an elite force under the waves?

It’s Time to Talk About A2/AD: Rethinking the Russian Military Challenge

War on the Rocks – America’s strategy community has a problem that it likes to call “A2/AD,” and while the symptoms are very real, in the case of Russia strategists and planners have largely misdiagnosed the nature of the challenge.

F-35s Obsolete? Russia Has Lots of Thoughts on the Future of Aircraft Carriers

National Interest – Carrier advocates will often make the dubious claim that a couple of missiles or even a torpedo could not actually sink these hulking ships. Perhaps not, but please try to imagine the armada that would have to be assembled to rescue a disabled ship of this stature.

Here’s What Russia Thinks About the Future of America’s Aircraft Carriers

National Interest – Envious but also dubious.

Submarine “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” at sea

BMPD – The first in the series large diesel-electric submarine B-274 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (serial number 01614) of project 06363, built by Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg Petersburg for the Pacific Fleet, went to factory sea trials in the Baltic Sea from St. Petersburg.

(Thanks to Alain)

A Guide to Becoming an Admiral in the Russian Navy

War on the Rocks – American national security analysts and practitioners would be well advised to follow who is rising to the senior ranks of the Russian military.

Russia’s Fire-Damaged “Losharik” Spy Submarine Heads For Repairs As New Details Emerge

War Zone – New information is trickling out about the harrowing incident that killed 14 decorated submariners as Russia moves to make the sub serviceable again.

Faulty battery may have sparked Russian submarine fire

Guardian – A malfunctioning lithium-ion battery may have sparked a deadly fire on a top-secret Russian nuclear submersible earlier this month that killed 14 naval officers.

In 1981, A British Submarine Smashed Into a Russian Sub (Armed with Nuclear Weapons)

National Interest – At least we are pretty sure. Read on.

(Thanks to Alain…)

What Was That Secret Russian Sub Doing Before It Caught Fire?

Daily Beast – Fourteen people, including “an extraordinary crew of top elite captains,” were killed on board Losharik, which may be able to dive as deep as 20,000 feet.

Kremlin Releases New Details on Russian Submarine Fire, Identifies Sailors Killed

USNI News – The head of the Russian military released a handful of additional details about the fire aboard a specialized submarine that killed 14 submariners in the Barents Sea on Monday.

Damaged Russian Sub Linked to Underwater Drone Program

Washington Free Beacon – A fire aboard a secret Russian nuclear research vessel that killed 14 Russians may have been involved in secret operations by Moscow to support underwater drone operations.

Here’s Everything We Know About The Deadly Russian Submarine Fire

War Zone – Reports and rumors are flying about the accident, which may have been aboard the shadowy spy sub Losharik, as Putin clears his schedule.

14 Sailors Die on Secretive Russian Nuclear Submarine

USNI News – A fire that broke out on the secret Russian submarine Losharik has killed 14 sailors.

U.S. Warship Shadowing High-End Russian Frigate Near Cuba

USNI News – A U.S. destroyer is off the coast of Havana, Cuba, shadowing a detachment of Russian naval ships that includes one of the country’s most advanced surface ships.

Russia’s Most Modern Warship And Its Escorts Have Entered The Caribbean Sea

War Zone – It is the first time in years a Russian surface combatant has sailed into the region, let alone one able to fire modern land attack cruise missiles.

Russian Destroyer Put U.S. Cruiser at Risk with ‘Unsafe’ Maneuver

USNI News – A Russian destroyer came within 100 feet of a U.S. cruiser operating in the Western Pacific in an incident the U.S. Navy is calling, “unsafe and unprofessional.”

Murmansk gets Russia’s biggest dry dock

Barents Observer – The Zvezdochka shipyard now confirms that a replacement for the PD-50 dry dock that last October vanished into the sea is soon in the making. The new dry dock will be based on two existing dry docks located in yard No 35 in Roslyakovo and will be used to do work on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

Russia launches new nuclear-powered icebreaker in bid to open up Arctic

Guardian – Russia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker on Saturday, part of an ambitious programme to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential.

The Russian Navy Is Facing Tough Decisions

National Interest – An unsigned Russian naval analysis demonstrates acute stress points in Moscow’s naval development program. Decrying corruption and waste, this insider critique aims squarely at the Kremlin.

Whale with harness could be Russian weapon, say Norwegian experts

Guardian – Marine experts in Norway believe they have stumbled upon a white whale that was trained by the Russian navy as part of a programme to use underwater mammals as a special ops force.

Analyzing The First Images Of Russia’s Huge Doomsday Torpedo Carrying Special Missions Sub

War Zone – What we can see so far highlights the “special projects” submarine’s deep-sea intelligence gathering capabilities.