Russia to rotate naval task force off Somalia coast in December.
Russian warships will continue patrolling commercial shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden in 2011 to help thwart frequent pirate attacks on merchant ships, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.
A Pacific Fleet's task force led by the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer will replace the current naval group led by Northern Fleet's Admiral Levchenko destroyer in December, the official said on Wednesday.
"Warships from the Russian Navy will continue their regular presence in the Gulf of Aden and around the Horn of Africa in 2011," he said.
Admiral Vinogradov carried out its first anti-piracy mission off the Somali coast in January-March 2009.
The current task force led by Admiral Levchenko, an Udaloy class guided-missile destroyer, arrived in the Gulf of Aden on July 3 to join the international anti-piracy mission near Somalia. The Russian naval group also includes the Olekma tanker and the SB-36 tugboat of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.
The Russian task force has successfully escorted 13 commercial convoys with a total of 57 vessels through pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast since its arrival in the area.
The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Horn of Africa since October 2008, with warships operating on a rotation basis.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 10, 2010 15:39:35 GMT -5
Good place to hold naval "drills" then
UN: Somali Piracy Outpaces Efforts to Stop It.
By ANITA SNOW Associated Press UNITED NATIONS November 9, 2010 (AP)
Piracy off the coast of Somalia is outpacing efforts to combat it and more is needed to attack the problem at its root by creating economic alternatives for young Somalis, a top U.N. official said Tuesday.
B. Lynn Pascoe, U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, said more than 438 crew and passengers and 20 ships are currently being held at sea off Somalia as pirates employ larger vessels and attack further off the coast to avoid stepped up patrols.
"The pirates are taking greater risks and seeking higher ransoms," Pascoe said. "The problems would be worse if not for the very considerable international anti-piracy efforts under way."
The EU, NATO and regional navies are increasingly working together to patrol the Gulf of Aden — one of the world's busiest shipping lanes crossed by about 20,000 vessels annually — and other waters off Somalia where pirates operate.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report that pirates have expanded operations well into the Indian Ocean, up to 1,000 nautical miles from Somalia. Some pirates have even begun using a "mother ship" towing two or three skiffs to help launch attacks far off the coast against ever-larger freighters.
British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said Security Council members believe naval operations alone will not resolve the problem.
"It is also important to tackle the root causes," he said, advocating increased security on land and alternative sources of income for Somalis.
Pascoe suggested rehabilitating existing coastal fisheries the construction of new ones as a way to create more jobs for Somalis.
"As long as piracy is lucrative, with ransom payments adding up to tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars, and other economic incentives so bleak, the incentives are obvious," he said.
Somalia, which has been without a functioning government since clan-based warlords topped dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, has been incapable of tackling the problem on its own.
Complicating matters are issues of jurisdiction over who can try crimes committed in international waters.
Neighboring countries have had only limited success prosecuting pirates, and a new court decision in Kenya could further harm international efforts to halt piracy.
Judge Mohammed Ibrahim of Kenya's second-highest court ruled Tuesday that the country does not have the jurisdiction to try pirates if the attacks occurred outside Kenyan waters and ordered nine Somali men charged in a March 2009 attack on a German cargo ship freed because the attack occurred in the Gulf of Aden. Kenya's Attorney General has filed an appeal.
In the past, Kenya in the past has tried and sentenced 18 pirates in separate cases and is holding another 123 piracy suspects for trial.
Mystery missile launch off California coast: Comes from submarine?
RussiaToday | November 10, 2010
A mysterious missile was spotted off the coast of Los Angeles and the US military claims it has no idea where it came from. A helicopter from the Los Angeles CBS News affiliate captured images of what appears to be some sort of rocket or missile with a large contrail behind it.It appears to have been launched about 35 miles (56 km) off the coast of Los Angeles, California. There are several military bases in Southern California, but so far none have said there were any launches at that time. The US Navy has said they are not responsible and the Pentagon is still investigating where the mystery missile came from.
The uninvited guest: Chinese sub pops up in middle of U.S. Navy exercise, leaving military chiefs red-faced.
Dailymail.co.uk By MATTHEW HICKLEY 00:13 10 November 2007
When the U.S. Navy deploys a battle fleet on exercises, it takes the security of its aircraft carriers very seriously indeed.
At least a dozen warships provide a physical guard while the technical wizardry of the world's only military superpower offers an invisible shield to detect and deter any intruders.
That is the theory. Or, rather, was the theory.
American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk - a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board.
By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.
According to senior Nato officials the incident caused consternation in the U.S. Navy.
The Americans had no idea China's fast-growing submarine fleet had reached such a level of sophistication, or that it posed such a threat.
One Nato figure said the effect was "as big a shock as the Russians launching Sputnik" - a reference to the Soviet Union's first orbiting satellite in 1957 which marked the start of the space age.
The incident, which took place in the ocean between southern Japan and Taiwan, is a major embarrassment for the Pentagon.
The lone Chinese vessel slipped past at least a dozen other American warships which were supposed to protect the carrier from hostile aircraft or submarines.
And the rest of the costly defensive screen, which usually includes at least two U.S. submarines, was also apparently unable to detect it.
According to the Nato source, the encounter has forced a serious re-think of American and Nato naval strategy as commanders reconsider the level of threat from potentially hostile Chinese submarines.
It also led to tense diplomatic exchanges, with shaken American diplomats demanding to know why the submarine was "shadowing" the U.S. fleet while Beijing pleaded ignorance and dismissed the affair as coincidence.
Analysts believe Beijing was sending a message to America and the West demonstrating its rapidly-growing military capability to threaten foreign powers which try to interfere in its "backyard".
The People's Liberation Army Navy's submarine fleet includes at least two nuclear-missile launching vessels.
Its 13 Song Class submarines are extremely quiet and difficult to detect when running on electric motors.
Commodore Stephen Saunders, editor of Jane's Fighting Ships, and a former Royal Navy anti-submarine specialist, said the U.S. had paid relatively little attention to this form of warfare since the end of the Cold War.
He said: "It was certainly a wake-up call for the Americans.
"It would tie in with what we see the Chinese trying to do, which appears to be to deter the Americans from interfering or operating in their backyard, particularly in relation to Taiwan."
In January China carried a successful missile test, shooting down a satellite in orbit for the first time.
Maybe the crew where watching the Simpsons or too maybe to much junk food had slowed them down ?
- Mike, Kensington, London, 10/11/2007 09:52
The US has for too long considered itself invincible and far superior to everyone else, but really has a lot to learn. Supposedly sophisticated US submarines surfaced right under a Japanese fishing boat a few years ago killing a number of people and also punched a hole in the bottom of a merchant ship near the Straits of Gibraltar - all that listening equipment on board and couldn't tell what was right above them.
- Doug, Hong Kong, 10/11/2007 00:59
It is a bit rich the Americans complaining about their fleet being 'shadowed' by another nation. Maybe now they know that for all their sophisticated equipment they are not the smartest bunny in the warren.
- Chris D, Edinburgh, Scotland, 09/11/2007 23:47
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Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 11, 2010 14:21:29 GMT -5
Heheheh time to sell ships n stuff to Argentina Beginning of the end for our old enemy's navy?
British Commanders Say Defense Cuts Risk Falklands.
Nytimes.com November 10, 2010 By JOHN F. BURNS
LONDON — A group of retired British admirals has publicly attacked the decision of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government to scrap Britain’s only aircraft carrier and its entire fleet of Harrier jump jets, saying it exposes the Falkland Islands to renewed attack by Argentina.
The admirals used a platform traditionally favored by influential figures in Britain seeking to influence public policy: a letter to the newspaper The Times of London, published Wednesday.
They described the scrapping of the Ark Royal, the Royal Navy’s flagship, and the fleet of 80 carrier-borne Harrier jets as “strategically and financially perverse,” and warned of a repeat of Argentina’s seizure of the Falklands.
“In respect of the newly valuable Falkland Islands and their oil fields, because of these and other cuts, for the next 10 years at least, Argentina is practically invited to inflict on us a national humiliation on the scale of the loss of Singapore — one from which British prestige, let alone the administration in power at the time, might never recover,” the letter said.
The reference to Singapore summoned memories of one of Britain’s greatest 20th-century military disasters, the Japanese conquest of Singapore in February 1942, which historians have called one of the worst defeats ever suffered by Britain’s forces.
The Argentine invasion of the Falklands in 1982, and the military operation that restored British control, was a major shock for the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Over the succeeding years, Britain has reinforced its small military garrison on the islands, which are 8,000 miles from Britain, and repeatedly reaffirmed its intention to maintain control there in the face of continued Argentine claims to sovereignty.
The discovery of significant reserves of oil in the chilly waters surrounding the islands has added a new edge to the dispute.
Naval power, including the use of carrier-borne Harriers, was central to the recovery of the Falklands and added a new chapter to Britain’s historic reliance on the Royal Navy to project military power.
But last month when the Cameron government announced deep cuts in the $60 billion annual military budget as part of a wider austerity program aimed at cutting its growing debt burden, one of the principal casualties was the navy’s carrier force.
In a choice between competing claims by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, the government chose to immediately mothball the Ark Royal — which, after 25 years in service, is the only British carrier capable of launching fixed-wing jets — and to scrap all of the Harriers operated by the navy and the air force.
The decision amounted to a reprieve for most but not all of the air force’s Tornado jets, which were chosen over the Harriers because, the Defense Ministry said, the Harriers alone could not have maintained the air support for Britain’s 10,000-strong military contingent in Afghanistan.
The new defense configuration also involved another highly contentious move: the go-ahead for a $9 billion program to complete two new aircraft carriers already under construction in British shipyards, and to equip one of them with a new generation of aircraft, a naval version of the Joint Strike Fighter.
The decision attracted widespread criticism, in part because the government said it was cheaper to finish building the carriers than to scrap them. It has said it intends to sell one of the two carriers within three years of its entering service, and does not expect the second to be operational, with aircraft, before 2020.
That left Britain with the prospect of a 10-year gap without any carrier-borne strike aircraft, a prospect that the admirals seized upon in their letter to The Times.
“The last treasury-driven ‘10-year rule’ in the 1930s nearly cost us our freedom, faced with Hitler,” they said, referring to a military strategy that assumed Britain would have a decade to prepare for war with Germany, with resulting weaknesses that Hitler exploited.
The officers who signed the letter included two former heads of the Royal Navy, Lord Alan West and Sir Julian Oswald, as well as Vice Adm. Sir Jeremy Blackham and Vice Adm. John McAnally. They were joined by a former army commander, Maj. Gen. Julian Thompson.
Defense Minister Liam Fox rejected the assertion that the cuts exposed the Falkland Islands to attack, telling The Times in a statement that Britain maintained four Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes on the islands, as well as a small unit of Royal Marines.
“It is simply not the case that decommissioning the Harrier would impact on our ability to defend territories in the South Atlantic,” he said. “We maintain a wide range of assets, not least a well-defended airfield to ensure the defense of the Falkland Islands. We have a far greater presence than previously, able to respond to any and all threats.”
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Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 11, 2010 15:10:14 GMT -5
Ukraine ready to send its special forces to combat piracy off Somalia.
KYIV, November 11 /UKRINFORM/. A Ukrainian Navy officer has already begun to fulfill his duties at the headquarters of the European Union's naval mission Atalanta in Northwood, the United Kingdom, the ambassador at large of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Ihor Sahach, said in New York at a meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.
The diplomat said that Ukraine was currently considering the possibility of deploying its special force unit on board one of the ships participating in the anti-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia.
Sahach expressed hope that this proposal would be welcomed by the states whose vessels participate in anti-piracy activities near the Somali coast, UKRINFORM reported, with reference to the UN News Center.
Ukraine called on the members of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia to consider at the meeting the options to improve the mechanisms for the implementation of the international legal regime aimed at combating piracy.
Four Ukrainian citizens are currently being held by Somali pirates on board the Singapore-flagged York, the Liberia-flagged Eleni P, and the Marshall Islands-flagged Marida Marguerite that were seized on October 23, May 12 and May 8 respectively.
Somalian pirates have kidnapped a Panamanian boat and its entire crew, including a sailor from Croatia.
According the European Union Naval Forces (NAVFOR), in the early morning on Thursday Somalian pirates kidnapped "Hannibbal II" ship carrying plant oil and sailing under the Panama flag from Malaysia to Suez in Egypt.
Among the 32 crew members is a Croatian sailor whose identity has not yet been disclosed. The majority of the crew members are from Tunisia (23) and four are from the Philippines. In addition to the one Croatian sailor, there is a Russian, Georgian and Moroccan on board.
The attack took place some 860 miles east from the Horn of Africa, which is much closer to the Indian shore than to Somalia.
This is another indication that the activities of the Somalian pirates are spreading further away from the territorial waters of their native land, the daily Jutarnji List writes.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 13, 2010 11:45:35 GMT -5
Russia set to rebuild its nuclear-powered cruisers.
22:19 12/11/2010 RIA Novosti military commentator Ilya Kramnik
The Russian Defense Ministry plans to overhaul its four Project 1144 nuclear-powered cruisers. Notably, the Admiral Nakhimov heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser will reenter service in 2012, after lengthy repairs (that will have lasted over a decade in total) are completed.
The possibility of the cruisers' return has been one of the most hotly discussed topics among analysts and enthusiasts alike. Everyone is keen to discover to what extent these warships meet current naval requirements.
Admiral Gorshkov's favorite project
Vladimir Chelomei, chief designer of the P-700 Granit (SS-N-19 Shipwreck) anti-ship missile, the new cruisers' main weapon, joked that only Admiral Sergei Gorshkov, Soviet Naval Commander, could afford such an expensive toy. The joke nearly soured his relations with Admiral Gorshkov, but Chelomei was right to assume that the warships, both massive and massively expensive, were something of an anachronism in the dawning age of multi-purpose ships that can accomplish a multitude of combat missions thanks in part to their versatile missile launchers.
The Project 1144 nuclear-powered missile cruisers were developed for attacking capital enemy warships. They were equipped with powerful air-defense systems and had substantial anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. In addition to these auxiliary weapons, they had missile systems designed for highly specialized objectives.
These battle-worthy cruisers could only be used to shadow U.S. Navy carrier task forces.
This narrow specialization predetermined their future. A cash-strapped Russia was unable to complete all four cruisers, only commissioning the Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) warship ahead of the Russian Navy's 300th anniversary in 1996. The other three warships remained moored alongside shipyard piers.
White elephants have a role to play
The Royal Navy uses the common idiom "white elephant" of unconventional warships whose designation and possible use are unclear even to specialists. These Project 1144 cruisers became exactly that for the post-Soviet Russian Navy which was no longer expected to track down U.S. aircraft carriers. Battle-cruisers not supported by other naval forces would have become sitting ducks in any hypothetical Russian-U.S. conflict. Key elements of Russia's military organization continued to degrade and were therefore unable to provide such support.
Moscow resumed the discussion of plans for rebuilding the cruisers once the Russian Armed Forces began to receive additional funding in the late 2000s. Their purpose was also reassessed.
Virtually all analysts agreed that the Project 1144 cruisers had to be totally overhauled and turned into multi-purpose warships.
Russia's defense industry was able to accomplish this objective by the late 2000s. Versatile artillery-and-missile systems were developed, making it possible to equip warships with numerous types of weapon designed specifically for particular objectives. New-generation combat-control systems facilitated naval task forces' collective defense, making it possible to exchange online data in real time and control several warships' firepower from a single command center.
These innovations being introduced to new-generation warships under orders from the Navy, also represent a new lease of life for the older cruisers. Moreover, the modernization of the Project 1144 warships will see them kitted out with a variety of up-to-date weapons systems and radio-electronic equipment, turning them into multirole platforms complete with powerful and diverse offensive weapons, air-defense and ASW systems.
The cruisers will be able to accomplish a host of different objectives, from providing coastal support for military operations onshore or deep within enemy territory to attacking enemy warships, submarines and aircraft. It will also become possible to upgrade their weapons with each specific combat mission in mind.
New task forces for new cruisers
Russia's warship fleet is gradually being transformed into a more sophisticated formation. Corvettes and frigates, now under construction, are to be supplemented with destroyers and amphibious assault ships in the upcoming decade. Weapons and equipment will be standardized across these ships. Interchangeable components allow greater flexibility in servicing and repairing ships of different classes. This will make it possible to establish inexpensive but hard-hitting task forces.
Multipurpose task forces like this, capable of accomplishing a variety of missions during peace-time and during active combat alike, can be expanded with upgraded guided-missile cruisers and new-generation aircraft carriers. These latter will be built, provided Moscow makes the relevant political decision.
Moreover, combat-ready small ships are an essential pre-requisite for the deployment of capital warships because the Russian Navy is now unable to operate amphibious assault ships, guided-missile cruisers and aircraft carriers. Its unprotected capital ships have to remain in port. In some cases, they put to sea with a random selection of other warships or conduct solo missions, calling at foreign ports.
This is how both the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and the only operational Peter Veliky heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser are used today. Hopefully, in wanting to rebuild the other three cruisers, the Defense Ministry has more ambitious objectives in mind.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 16, 2010 13:52:00 GMT -5
Ukraine presents in Copenhagen draft convention to combat sea piracy.
KYIV, November 16 / UKRINFORM/. Ukraine presented in Copenhagen a draft all-encompassing convention on combating acts of piracy at sea, during a meeting of the second working group on legal issues of combating piracy.
The convention drafted by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry was praised by the participants in the meeting, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dikusarov told a briefing.
The purpose of the convention is to strengthen cooperation between countries to better combat piracy, which is interpreted as a form of transnational organized crime.
The draft document defines the forms of persecution of the pirates, measures to prevent the laundering of proceeds from such crimes. It specifies the procedure for search and seizure of pirate ships, defines jurisdiction of the States Parties to the Convention and the procedural aspects of investigation into this crime.
The document proposes the creation of a Special Court to combat maritime piracy.
Pirates attack tanker with Russian crew, one injured (Update 1)
The NS Spirit tanker owned by Novoship, part of Russia's largest shipping company Sovcomflot, was attacked by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on Monday, injuring one Russian crew member, the company said.
"The captain of the tanker said around 10 armed men boarded the vessel...and opened fire from automatic weapons. The crew took refuge and the pirates left the vessel shortly after the attack," Novoship said, adding that there were no further raid attempts.
One crew member was wounded by gunfire and is being evacuated.
The attack took place at 1:49 am Moscow Time (22:49 Sunday GMT), 30 miles from the Nigerian coast, when the vessel was approaching Lagos port.
The vessel, with a crew of 22 Russian citizens and a Liberian flag, was transporting 37,700 tons of gasoline to Lagos port.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 10, 2010 11:28:21 GMT -5
Russia defense minister denies plans to build aircraft carriers.
Russia is not planning to build any new aircraft carriers in the foreseeable future, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Friday.
"No, there are no such plans," he said.
His comment came in response to remarks earlier in the day by an unnamed Defense Ministry source who said Russia would start the construction of a new series of aircraft carriers.
"Four aircraft carriers are needed to ensure the Navy's effective operation. The Defense Ministry will not abandon the idea of building such warships," the source said. "Before 2020, Russia will start the construction of a series of aircraft carriers - up to four in all."
Navy head Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said in August that a technical project for an advanced aircraft carrier would be ready by the end of the year.
Naval experts earlier said a new aircraft carrier would be nuclear powered with displacement of 50,000-60,000 tons.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 17, 2010 21:44:25 GMT -5
Russia to begin building first Project 11356 frigate for Black Sea Fleet on Saturday.
The construction of the first Project 11356 frigate for Russia's Black Sea Fleet will begin at the Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad on Saturday, a spokesman for the Russian Navy said.
Yantar won a tender to build three Project 11356 frigates in October. The Black Sea Fleet chief earlier told RIA Novosti the construction would begin in January 2011.
The ship will be named Admiral Grigorovich after Russia's Naval Minister Ivan Grigorovich, who was in office in 1911-1917, the spokesman said.
The frigate, with a displacement of 4,000 tons, will be equipped with a 100-mm gun, a Shtil surface-to-air missile system, two Kashtan air-defense gun/missile systems, two twin 533-mm torpedo launchers, and an anti-submarine warfare helicopter.
The Russian Navy chief, Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky, earlier said one or two Project 11356 frigates will join the Black Sea Fleet every year starting 2013.
Yantar is currently building three Project 11356 frigates for the Indian Navy under a $1.6-billion contract signed in 2007. The first warship, which was floated out last November, will be handed over to India in mid-2011. The two others will be delivered by the end of 2012.
Russia has previously built three Talwar-class frigates for India – INS Talwar (Sword), INS Trishul (Trident), and the INS Tabar (Axe).
France wins tender to build warships for Russia (Update 1)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy over the phone that France has won a tender to build amphibious assault ships for Russia.
The winner is a consortium comprised of French DCNS and Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), the Kremlin press service said.
At the initial stage, two Mistral-class helicopter carriers will be built jointly by France and Russia with another two to be constructed later in Russia.
Russia will perform 20% of the construction work at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, USC spokesman Igor Ryabov said.
"Subsequently the share of the project's localization in Russia will increase," he said.
Russia has been in talks with France on the purchase of Mistral-class warships on a 2+2 scheme whereby Russia will buy one or two French-built Mistrals and build another two under license at home.
A Mistral-class ship is capable of transporting and deploying 16 helicopters, four landing vessels, up to 70 armored vehicles including 13 battle tanks, and 450 personnel.
The Russian military has said it plans to use Mistral ships in its Northern and Pacific fleets.
Many Russian military and industry experts have questioned the financial and military sense of the purchase, and some believe that Russia simply wants to gain access to advanced naval technology that could be used in the future in potential conflicts with NATO and its allies.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 12, 2011 11:36:22 GMT -5
Russia to build new shipyards for Mistral construction.
Russia will construct new shipyards near St. Petersburg designed specifically for the building of Mistral class amphibious assault ships under a French license, a defense industry source said Wednesday.
Moscow announced in December last year that two Mistral class helicopter carriers will be built jointly by France and Russia at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, and another two will be constructed later in Russia.
"A decision has been adopted to build Mistral class ships on the Kotlin Island near St. Petersburg," the source said, adding that the new shipyards would be part of the Admiralty Shipyards company.
The Kotlin Island is located 20 miles west of St. Petersburg in the Baltic Sea.
"The new shipyards will be built specifically for Mistral construction, but they will be used later to construct commercial bulk ships and large combat ships," the official said.
Russia could start building Mistrals after 2014, while the first Mistral class ship, worth over 700 mln euros, is expected to be built within 36 months after Russia makes an advance payment scheduled for January 2011.
A Mistral class ship is capable of transporting and deploying 16 helicopters, four landing vessels, up to 70 armored vehicles including 13 battle tanks, and 450 personnel.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 20, 2011 17:52:08 GMT -5
Report: China largely restores aircraft carrier.
The Associated Press Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
China has taken a major step toward commissioning its first aircraft carrier by largely completing the restoration of a derelict ship purchased from Ukraine, a news report said Wednesday.
The restoration includes all living and working compartments, engines, navigation systems and power-generating equipment, Hong Kong-based Kanwa Asian Defense magazine said. Additional work is still needed on the elevator and flight deck, it said, but it was unclear when the restoration would be completed.
The U.S. Department of Defense has said it expects the ship to be relaunched at any time as a platform for training pilots - a major turning point in the military's wide-ranging modernization drive.
China bought the mothballed carrier in 1998 and towed the engine and rudderless ship to the northeastern port of Dalian for a complete refitting. Work on its internal systems took about four years, Kanwa said.
The complete restoration was intended to make the ship fully functional and to train technicians who will build China's future homemade carriers, according to the report.
"This has been a gigantic project and is virtually as complicated as building a brand-new aircraft carrier," Kanwa quoted an unidentified source with the Dalian region's military industry as saying.
The Varyag is a ski jump-style carrier with a displacement of about 55,000 tons, much smaller than the Japan-based U.S. carrier George Washington, which has a displacement of more than 100,000 tons.
China's secretive military has not commented on the aircraft carrier beyond vague statements that China will likely have such ships in future.
China is believed to be purchasing Russian Su-33 carrier-based fighters as well as adapting its own J-11 jets for carrier landings and takeoffs.
There were no other immediate reports to confirm Kanwa's account.
Kanwa is widely considered a highly reliable source. Last week, it reported extensively on the inaugural test flight of a prototype radar-evading Chinese stealth fighter.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 25, 2011 19:11:22 GMT -5
Russia, France sign warship agreement (Update 3)
SAINT-NAZAIRE (France), January 25 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow and Paris on Tuesday signed an agreement to jointly build Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy.
The agreement was signed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and French Defense Minister Allain Juppe in the presence of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
In all, four warships are to be built, Sechin said.
Russia's input to the construction of the first Mistral-class warship will be 20% and 40% in the second, he said.
The third and fourth ships are to be built in Russia, whose share of labor input will subsequently rise to 80%, he added.
Anatoly Saikin, head of Russia's arms export monopoly Rosoboronexport, said the agreement is only a framework and stipulates neither deadlines, nor the cost of the future contract.
"A contract is still a long way off. Only an intergovernmental general agreement has been signed," he said.
Russia and France in December announced they would jointly build two Mistral-class helicopter carriers at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Another two are planned to be constructed later at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg.
A Russian Defense Ministry source said in December the first Mistral-class ship, with a price tag of 720 million euros, is expected to be built in late 2013-early 2014 and the second in late 2014-early 2015.
A Mistral-class ship is capable of carrying 16 helicopters, four landing vessels, 70 armored vehicles, and 450 personnel.
A number of Russia's neighbors have expressed concern over the upcoming deal, in particular Georgia and Lithuania.
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5