The ‘Caspian Sea Monster’ rises from the grave

CNN – Beached on the western shores of the Caspian Sea, it looks like a colossal aquatic beast — a bizarre creation more at home in the deep than above the waves. It certainly doesn’t look like something that could ever fly. But fly it did — albeit a long time ago.

Analysis: latest Russian Navy contracts offer development conclusions

Izvestia – The contracts signed at Army-2020 forum and exhibited models of warships provide conclusions on Navy development guidelines.

Russian Navy Seen Escorting Iranian Tankers Bound for Syria

USNI News – Last week, the Iranian-flagged oil tanker Samah entered the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal. After a few miles, the 900-foot-long ship stopped reporting its position and destination. Evidence suggests the ship sailed to Syria, escorted by two Russian Navy ships, including a destroyer.

Russia Says This Is Our First Glimpse Of Its Zircon Hypersonic Cruise Missile

War Zone – The Russian Ministry of Defense has announced what it says is the first test launch of its Zircon hypersonic cruise missile against a naval target. The first-in-class Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov fired the weapon during an event that may have been timed to coincide with the birthday of President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s new giant icebreaker sailed straight to the North Pole

Barents Observer – With ice edge at record north this autumn, the distance to the top of the world wasn’t too difficult for nuclear-powered Arktika on her maiden voyage.

Military research ship returns after months on secret Arctic mission

Barents Observer – The ship “Akademik Aleksandrov” is closely linked with testing of Russia’s disruptive nuclear-powered underwater drone and the top-secret Harmony system of underwater sensors.

Russian Floating Dry Dock Smacks Into Ships And Submarines At Naval Base

War Zone – High winds from Typhoon Maysak caused a floating dry dock to break free of its moorings at Russia’s Vostochny Verf shipyard in the country’s far eastern port city of Vladivostok. Once free, it drifted into a number of ships and submarines belonging to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet, causing untold damage.

Russia’s P-750B Small Attack Submarine Design By Malakhit Design Bureau – Part 2

TASS – The United Shipbuilding Corporation displayed at Army-2020 forum a scale model of the new Serval-class P-750B submarine.

Russia’s P-750B Small Attack Submarine Design By Malakhit Design Bureau – Part 1

TASS – The United Shipbuilding Corporation displayed at Army-2020 forum a scale model of the new Serval-class P-750B submarine.

Russia’s Northern Fleet To Deploy Be-200 For Border Protection, SAR And ASW Missions

Naval News – Be-200 amphibious aircraft will protect Russian Arctic borders. Rescue and antisubmarine aircraft will be supplied to the Northern fleet. Be-200 can take off from the sea and land in any weather. They will defend deployment bases of Russian SSBNs.

Russia’s ‘slow-motion Chernobyl’ at sea

BBC – Beneath some of the world’s busiest fisheries, radioactive submarines from the Soviet era lie disintegrating on the seafloor. Decades later, Russia is preparing to retrieve them.

Russian navy conducts major maneuvers near Alaska

Military Times – The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times.

Russian Submarine Sets Off Alarm Bells After Surfacing Near Alaska Amid Rash Of Posturing

War Zone – Russia is holding its largest naval drills in the Pacific in recent memory as the U.S. Navy’s big RIMPAC wargames are underway.

U.S. Navy’s most advanced attack submarine surfaced outside Tromsø

Barents Observer – The USS Seawolf conducted a brief stop in the fjord near Tromsø on August 21 for personnel change before sailing out to waters inside the Arctic Circle.

Russian battle cruiser is put on the water after more than 20 years of reconstruction

Barents Observer – The nuclear-powered “Admiral Nakhimov” will significantly strengthen the capacities of Russia’s Northern Fleet.

The ship of the Northern Fleet will go to Algeria

RG – The large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet “Vice-Admiral Kulakov,” which is now in the Mediterranean, will call in the port city of Algeria.

(Thanks to Alain)

20 years after Kursk, Russia moves from tragedy to redefined underwater warfare capability

Barents Observer – Russia’s two newest special-purpose submarines, the Belgorod and the Khabarovsk, could redefine underwater warfare when they within some years sail out from the shipyard in Severodvinsk.

Russia To Create Several Be-200 Amphibious Aircraft Units

Naval News – The armed forces will receive Be-200 amphibious aircraft, as the Defense Ministry plans to create several air units. The first amphibian is operating in the 859th naval training center in Yeisk. Experts believe Be-200 can be engaged by the Navy in rescue operations and anti-submarine warfare in future.

Russia’s Project 23900 LHD To Operate As Command Ship

Naval News – The “Ivan Rogov” and the “Mitrofan Moskalenko”, the first Russian LHD / amphibious assault ships of project 23900 will be able to operate as floating headquarters or command ships.

Russian Navy To Begin Trials Of Modular Systems For Surface Vessels

Naval News – The Russian Navy will begin trials of new modular systems by the end of the summer. They include weapons and equipment carried in ordinary sea containers which can be loaded on various warships and plugged into onboard power supplies and controls.

The Only Missile-Toting Ekranoplan Russia Ever Built Just Took Its Last Trip On The Caspian

War Zone – Russia’s only Project 903 Lun class ekranoplan, a type of wing-in-ground-effect craft, recently floated out onto the Caspian Sea for the first time in decades and probably for the last time ever. Designed by the Soviet Union during the latter stages of the Cold War as a high-speed anti-ship missile craft, it only saw very limited service and is now going on display at Patriot Park in the city of Derbent in Russia’s semi-autonomous republic of Dagestan.

Eight Russian navy ships make ready for ice-free Northern Sea Route

Barents Observer – This is the ninth year in a row that Russian Navy ships sail the Northern Sea Route. Destinations and port-calls are not yet announced, but traditionally the annual flotilla sails all east to Kotelny Island, where Russia has one of its new Arctic bases.

Small rocket ship “Cyclone” of project 22800 was launched

BMPD – “Cyclone” is a head unit, of five serial small missile ships (MRK) of project 22800 for the Russian Navy. The ship is intended for the Black Sea Fleet.

(Thanks to Alain)

Unusual Satellite Image Shows Russian Missile Launch In Arctic

Forbes – U.S. Navy submarines have spent years shadowing Russian warships, hoping to snap photographs of missile tests through the periscope. It is the stuff of Cold War legends, taking intelligence, skill, courage and patience. Now by pure chance, a commercial satellite flying 488 miles above the Earth has captured exactly that.

(Thanks to Alain)