For Ukraine, the 1,000-Ship Navy Finally Sets Sail

CIMSEC – Being without a Navy, fortunately, does not mean that there is no seapower acting in Ukraine’s interest, or that there are no naval lessons or innovations coming from this terrible and hopefully short conflict. From Maine to Majorca, Turkey to Panama, a distributed network of international maritime actors has emerged in response to Russian aggression. It manifests a theory that was developed 17 years ago — the “1,000 Ship Navy” (TSN).

An Anti-Access Denial Strategy for Ukraine

CIMSEC – To deny sea control to the Russians, Ukraine needs sea mines, coastal defense cruise missiles, and scouting assets, such as fast patrol boats and drones. These systems have a symbiotic relationship in layered defense. Mines slow down the adversary; during clearance operations, CDCMs have an opportunity to engage the slowed vessels; and scouting assets support maritime domain awareness for over the horizon targeting. NATO should rush these weapons to support Ukraine’s defense.

Russian Patrol Ship Hit By Ukrainian Coastal Defenses

Maritime Executive – Ukraine’s military claims to have hit a Russian patrol ship with a shore-based rocket attack, marking the first reported casualty for a Russian Navy vessel since the start of the invasion in February. The vessel has been tentatively identified as the Vasily Bykov, the lead ship of the lightly-armed Project 22160 class of patrol vessels, and the extent of the damage is unknown. 

(Thanks to Alain)

Russia To Dominate The Black Sea In Case Of Ukraine Conflict

Naval News – Tension between Ukraine and Russia (behind closed doors, NATO and Russia) is rising day by day. Both sides’ words and moves exacerbate the potential for a conflict. While the Black Sea is on the verge of witnessing high intensity combats for the first time in over a century, the most pressing question arises: Can Ukraine resist?

The first test of the Ukrainian Neptune missile with the homing head installed

BMPD – Ukrainian sources reported that on April 2, 2020, the Alibey State Testing Ground of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Odessa region tested the R-360 anti-ship missile of the developed Ukrainian anti-ship missile complex RK-360MTs Neptune with an active homing radar mounted on the rocket for the first time.

(Thanks to Alain)

Ukrainian Sailors Injured, Held After Russia Seizes Three Warships

USNI News – Russian maritime forces have fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels that were attempting to sail from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov.More than 20 Ukrainian sailors were also detained by Russians – several of them reportedly suffering injuries – after open hostilities erupted on Nov. 25 in the Kerch Strait, which separates Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula from mainland Russia.