Russia Should Ditch Its Cursed Aircraft Carrier And Focus On Its Two New Amphibious Assault Ships

War Zone – While refit work on Russia’s aging aircraft carrier seems to have slowed, its two new amphibious assault ships are set to grow even bigger.

Russian Navy Commander Stole Two 13-Ton Bronze Propellers From His Own Destroyer

War Zone – The Russian Navy says that a former commander of the now-decommissioned Sovremenny class destroyer Bespokoynyy conspired with others and stole the ship’s two bronze propellers while it was in dry dock being converted into a floating museum. The alleged caper sounds like it was ripped straight from the plot of a comedic Hollywood heist movie, with the thieves reportedly swapping out the pair of screws, each weighing approximately 13 tons, for ones made out of a cheaper metal.

Eight Surface Combatants And Two Submarines Were Delivered To Russian Navy In 2020

Naval News – The Russian shipbuilding industry properly performed in 2020 and supplied eight warships and two submarines to the Navy. In 2019, which was free of coronavirus problems, the Navy received six warships and one submarine

Moscow wants more tourists to northernmost archipelago

Barents Observer – Government developers call for the building of Russian cruise vessels that can bring wealthy travelers to the far northern Franz Josef Land.

Russia Completes Trials Of New Otvet Anti-Submarine Missile

Naval News – Successful trials of hypersonic Tsirkon missile shadowed the completion of acceptance tests of the antisubmarine Otvet missile complex.

Interview with the General Director of the Rubin Central Design Bureau

BMPD – The Independent Military Review published an interview with Igor Vilnit, General Director of the Rubin Central Design Bureau of Marine Engineering.

(Thanks to Alain)

Russian Arctic research in high spirits as yard sets the “North Pole” afloat

Barents Observer – Hardly ever before has a ship with such a peculiar shape been rolled out of the Admiralty Yard in St.Petersburg. On the 18th December, the stout 83 meter long vessel made it onto the water of the Neva River. It is met with great expectation by Russia’s increasingly numerous Arctic research community.

Russia’s Kazan nuclear sub to complete state trials this year — fleet commander

TASS – Russia’s latest nuclear-powered submarine Kazan will complete all state trials by the end of the year, Northern Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseyev told the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

(Thanks to Alain)

Nuclear-sub builder Sevmash now has 30,000 employees

Barents Observer – Russia’s construction of nuclear-powered submarines hits post-Soviet peak. 15 sub are currently at different stages of readiness at the shipyard in Severodvinsk.

Russia’s New Husky-Class Nuclear Submarine: 13,000 Tons of Mystery

National Interest – Most recently, there has been a growing consensus that the Husky class is less of a pure attack submarine and more of a multi-purpose vessel that can fill several roles depending on its loadout.

(Thanks to Alain)

No more smoke on the water from Russia’s aircraft carrier

Barents Observer – The Northern Fleet’s aircraft carrier will embark on tests in the Barents Sea in 2022 with main boilers, diesel generators and main turbo-gear units replaced.

The patrol ship “Pavel Derzhavin” of project 22160 was put into operation

BMPD – Novorossiysk naval base hosted celebrations on the rise of St. Andrew’s flag and reception in the ship of the Black Sea fleet of new patrol ship “Pavel Derzhavin” – the third in a series of ship project 22160.

(Thanks to Alain)

Russia ‘threatened to ram’ US ship in Sea of Japan

BBC – Russia says one of its warships caught and chased off a US Navy destroyer after it entered territorial waters in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday.

Russia Could Cooperate With China In The Naval Field To Achieve Parity With The West – Part 1

Naval News – The speech of the Russian president at Valdai discussion club contained interesting statements on the state and prospects of the check-and-balance system to prevent a large-scale armed standoff of superpowers. He spoke about military cooperation of Russia and China. In case they create a military union, each party will have to contribute to it.

Sudan to host Russian military base

Defense News – Russia will establish a naval logistic center and repair yard in Sudan under a new agreement signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Nov. 6 but just made public this week.

Pantsir-M missile system onboard Odintsovo corvette of project 22800 able to destroy cruise missile strike

Navy Recognition – According to information published by the Russian press agency TASS on October 29, 2020, the latest Pantsir-M air defense missile system onboard the Odintsovo corvette of project 22800 successfully repelled a massive air and cruise missile strike. It downed all targets at various distances. Experts believe the launchers will make Russian warships a difficult target for airstrikes, the Izvestia daily writes.

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Criss-cross voyage outside Scottish airbase comes to an end, Norwegian Sea next destination for Russian warship

Barents Observer – In September, the British Royal Navy led the largest NATO task force into the Barents Sea since the last Cold War. The warships sailed to north of the Kola Peninsula, home to the Russian Northern Fleet’s ballistic missile submarines and surface warships. In what seems like a equivalent retaliation, or tit-for-tat, the powerful guided missile destroyer “Severomorsk” has since last week been sailing back and forth close to British shores just north of the Royal Air Force base Lossiemouth in north-east Scotland.

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.