Russian Navy Kilo Class Submarines Retreating From Crimea

Naval News – The changing tide of the Ukraine War appear to have led the Russian Navy to ‘regroup’ its forces in the Black Sea. Early during the invasion they loitered boldly close to Odessa. Now the Black Sea Fleet barely sails out of sight of Crimea for fear of Harpoon missiles. Its submarines too have recently shifted their base further from the shadow of Ukrainian attack.

Russian Navy Base At Sevastopol Defended By Inflatable S-400 Missiles

Covert Shores – Russia’s main naval base in the Black Sea, Sevastopol, is guarded by the latest S-400 air-defense system. The real S-400 missiles have recently been moved from their permanent launch site however. Russian TV has shown inflatable replacements at the site. These are decoys, a common and well-publicised Russian tactic.

(Thanks to Alain)

Russia Is Working On A New Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile: Report

War Zone – Reports from Russia suggest the country is the latest to develop an anti-ship ballistic missile, or ASBM, the class of weapon that’s popularly dubbed ‘carrier killer.’ The previously unknown missile project, known by the Russian name Zmeyevik (meaning serpentinite, a type of rock), would potentially add a powerful new dynamic to the Kremlin’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) strategy.

Submarine B-588 “Ufa” went to factory sea trials

BMPD – It is reported that on June 25, 2022, a large diesel-electric submarine B-588 “Ufa” (factory number 01617) of project 06363, built for the Russian Navy in St. Petersburg at JSC “Admiralty Shipyards” (part of JSC “United Shipbuilding Corporation” – USC) for the first time entered the factory sea trials. This is the fourth of six project 06363 submarines under construction for the Pacific Fleet. (In Russian)

(Thanks to Alain)

Breaking the Black Sea Blockade

Comment is Freed – Sir Lawrence Freedman writes that “There is, however, another aspect to this war which has received insufficient attention, though it is now slowly coming into focus and where pressure could build for a NATO operation. This is the need to relieve the blockade Russia has successfully inflicted on Ukraine’s southern ports in the Black Sea. This is urgent not only because of the effect on Ukraine’s battered economy but also on supplies of essential agricultural products to the rest of the world. If Russian forces continue to be pushed back, and as the diplomacy to bring the war to a conclusion is stepped up, this will be a critical issue to be addressed, possibly linked to Russian demands for relief from sanctions. If this is not addressed diplomatically then there could be demands on the major maritime powers to mount freedom of navigation operations to break the blockade.”