Extremely quiet ‘black hole’ Kilo-class submarine | The Kalashnikova Show (Episode 1)
RT Documentary Sep 16, 2020
Get an up close look at a real ‘Stealth’ Kilo-class submarine, also known as a ‘black hole’ sub with the Kalashnikova Show, as RT correspondent Anna Knishenko climbs aboard one. This diesel-electric submarine ‘Rostov-on-Don' from Kilo class (Project 636.3) is designed for anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare, as well as for general patrol missions. The Kilo-class submarine is armed with torpedoes and cruise missiles. It can dive to a depth of 300 metres. Find out why the US Navy calls it a ‘black hole’ and what physical requirements crew members have to meet to serve on it.
Russian Navy, powerful warships and military parade | The Kalashnikova Show. Episode 2.
RT Documentary Sep 23, 2020
The Kalashnikova Show checks out Russia’s most powerful and legendary warships in the Russian naval capital, St. Petersburg! Join RT correspondent Anna Knishenko as she meets cadets of the Nakhimov Naval School and experienced seamen, steps on board the famous cruiser ‘Aurora’ and watches the Navy Day Parade. In this episode, you’ll find out what it’s like to serve in the Russian Navy.
Last Edit: Oct 22, 2020 11:24:56 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
The most ferocious Missile Carrier | The Kalashnikova Show. Episode 4.
RT Documentary Oct 7, 2020
In this episode, we're revealing secrets about one of the Russian Navy’s biggest and most powerful ships. It’s known as the 'aircraft-carrier-killer' and we’re talking about the missile cruiser, Marshal Ustinov. Anna Knischenko visited the ship and found out why in the West the cruiser was nicknamed "the assassin aircraft carrier".
This is our new The Kalashnikova Show about Russia’s military secrets. New episode is coming you way every Wednesday at 16:00 GMT
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 23, 2020 13:04:07 GMT -5
Top Russian admiral slams Zelensky's plans to build two Ukrainian Black Sea Naval bases as 'no threat': 'even NATO won't use them'
RT.com 21 Oct, 2020 16:18
The former commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet has accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of “politicking" and showboating after Kiev announced it will build two naval bases on the strategically vital body of water.
Speaking to Moscow-based news agency NSN on Tuesday, Admiral Igor Kasatonov explained that the Ukrainian bases would be left unused, even by NATO, and therefore pose no threat to Russia.
“This is politicking,” Kasatonov claimed. “In strategic terms, they will not matter. And in operational terms too.”
In the 1990s, Kasatonov was well regarded in the Russian Navy, eventually reaching the post of first deputy commander-in-chief. Coming from a family of seamen, his father, Admiral Vladimir Kasatonov, was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, and has a frigate named after him.
The admiral was responding to an announcement by Zelensky, who told the Ukrainian Parliament that the country will start to build “two naval bases to protect the Black Sea region,” and revealed plans for military ships, such as the Hetman Sahaydachniy, to continue being upgraded.
According to the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Ukraine's desire to build two naval bases in the Black Sea may negatively affect stability in the region, and could be “potentially dangerous.”
The Black Sea is a highly contested territory, bordered by Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia, as well as NATO members Turkey, Romania, and Bulgaria. For Russia, the Black Sea has tremendous strategic importance, as it enables ships to enter the Mediterranean and toward the Atlantic Ocean from year-round warm-weather ports.
Earlier this month, Kiev agreed on a deal with London for 8 Barzan-class fast attack missile boats, worth £1.25 billion ($1.6 billion). The agreement between the two countries is due to provide a much-needed boost for the Ukrainian Navy, which lost a significant part of its capability following Crimea's reabsorption into Russia. With the loss of the Crimean port of Sevastopol, Kiev was stripped of most of its warships and naval infrastructure, as well as a large number of personnel, many of whom defected to Russia.
Last Edit: Oct 23, 2020 13:38:03 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 23, 2020 13:38:11 GMT -5
World’s largest & most powerful nuclear icebreaker joins Russia’s Arctic fleet.
RT.com 21 Oct, 2020 12:05
Russia’s newest nuclear-powered icebreaker, the Arktika, will start operating in the Arctic waters of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in December after the vessel’s acceptance and delivery certificate was signed on Wednesday.
According to Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who visited the flag-raising ceremony in Murmansk, the deployment of the nuclear-powered icebreaker fleet “will ensure Russia’s supremacy in the Arctic and facilitate further development of the Northern Sea Route as a crucial transport corridor.”
Russia is “the undisputed leader in the development of the northern territories,” said the prime minister, adding “We are proud that Russia is the only country in the world that was able to develop a nuclear icebreaker fleet. And now we are accepting another universal nuclear icebreaker, the Arktika… The icebreaker has innovative equipment, a powerful engine, which allows it to be used everywhere – in ice, deep water, and shallow trails.”
The Arktika completed its transit from St. Petersburg to its homeport in Murmansk on October 12. It covered about 4,900 nautical miles within 21 days, including around 1,030 miles sailing through the ice.
The planning of the lead icebreaker of Project 22220, the Arktika, started at the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard on November 5, 2013, with construction launched on June 16, 2016. In 2021, the vessel will be equipped with a new electric propulsion motor on the starboard side to raise the ship’s power capacity to 60 megawatts.
Project 22220 ships will be the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear-powered icebreakers. The vessels’ dual-draft concept allows for them to be operated both in the Arctic and in the mouths of the polar rivers. Two more nuclear-powered icebreakers under the project will be put into operation in the coming years.
The series of Project 22220 icebreakers will provide for year-round navigation in the western Arctic, which will make it possible to achieve the required level of cargo shipping along the Northern Sea Route.
While the Arktika is capable of breaking three-meter-thick ice, the new Leader-class icebreakers will be able to cut through a 4.3-meter-thick ice sheet, as well as staying at sea for eight months without entering a port. The new icebreakers will pack twice as much punch, boasting a 120-MWatt powerplant, double the power output of the Arktika.
The dimensions of the Leader-class icebreaker are impressive as well. The ship will be over 210 meters long – slightly less than two football pitches, and 47 meters tall, equal to a 13-story building.
Russia: World's largest nuclear-powered icebreaker officially enters full operation in Murmansk.
Ruptly Oct 22, 2020
The Arktika icebreaker has been fully commissioned at the port in Murmansk, and has officially joined the Russian nuclear fleet on Wednesday. The ceremony was attended by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev.
The ship, made under Project 22220, is the world's most powerful icebreaker in its field. In total, Russia is going to develop four more icebreakers like Arktika by 2026, namely "Siberia", "Ural", "Yakutia" and "Chukotka".
The commissioning of new vessels made on the same project 22220 will ensure a steady increase in cargo traffic along the Northern sea route. The "Arktika" will replace the Soviet-era icebreakers and allow to conduct trade caravans in the Western direction, as well as tow vessels.
The massive icebreaker is 173.3 metres long and 34 metres wide, and its maximum displacement is 33.5 thousand tons. It is equipped with the innovative water nuclear reactor RITM-200, which has no analogues in the world, generating up to 350MW of electricity. The "Arktika" crew consists of 52 people at the moment.
The icebreaker will be launched in the waters of the Northern sea in December.
Last Edit: Oct 23, 2020 13:41:16 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 17, 2020 19:21:37 GMT -5
Russia’s latest & most powerful nuclear icebreaker sets off on maiden Arctic voyage.
RT.com 16 Nov, 2020 11:38
The newest Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker, the ‘Arktika’, has set off on its maiden voyage in the Arctic waters of the Northern Sea Route, AtomFlot press service reported on Monday.
“On November 14, the leading universal nuclear-powered icebreaker ‘Arktika’ left the port of Murmansk on its maiden voyage. The vessel headed towards the Kara Sea. Until mid-December, the nuclear-powered icebreaker ‘Arktika’ will operate in the Northern Sea Route,” the press service said.
The icebreaker’s first voyage will take three weeks, according to AtomFlot. After the completion of the voyage, ‘Arktika’ will return to Murmansk to replenish supplies, and will head back to the Northern Sea Route in late December. The nuclear-powered ship will conduct winter-spring navigation in the Arctic.
The ‘Arktika’ is the lead vessel of Project 22220, a new Russian fleet of the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear-powered icebreakers. The vessels’ dual-draft concept allows for them to be operated both in the Arctic and in the mouths of the polar rivers. Two more nuclear-powered icebreakers will be put into operation under the project in the coming years.
Construction of the ‘Arktika’ started on June 16, 2016. Next year, the vessel will be equipped with a new electric propulsion motor on the starboard side to raise the ship’s power capacity to 60 megawatts.
While the ‘Arktika’ is capable of breaking three-meter-thick ice, the new Leader-class icebreakers will be able to cut through a 4.3-meter-thick ice sheet, as well as staying at sea for eight months without entering port. The new icebreakers will pack twice as much punch, boasting a 120-MW powerplant, double the power output of the ‘Arktika’.
The dimensions of the Leader-class icebreaker are impressive as well. The ship will be over 210 meters long – slightly smaller than two football pitches, and 47 meters tall, equal to a 13-story building.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 17, 2020 19:21:52 GMT -5
Russia’s naval reach extends with new African base: Putin signs off on building Red Sea hub in strategically vital Sudan.
RT.com 16 Nov, 2020 19:14
President Vladimir Putin has approved the setting up of a Russian Navy logistics hub on the Red Sea, lying between Africa and Asia, tasking the Ministry of Defence with signing a previously discussed agreement with Sudan.
The proposal to establish a facility in the North-African country, for which Putin gave the green light on Monday, was brought forward by the Russian government last week.
Moscow and Khartoum signed a seven-year-long military cooperation deal last year and the prospect of a naval logistics hub has been already discussed by the sides in detail.
The Sudanese facility is intended to station and repair Russian ships as well as to store supplies essential for the vessels during their lengthy missions. It will be staffed with up to 300 service personnel, and will be able to host up to four warships simultaneously, including those with nuclear propulsion systems.
The draft deal is designed to last for 25 years. It will then be automatically prolonged for ten-year periods if needed.
The Russian government has already said that the logistics hub in Sudan will contribute to peace and stability in the region, stressing that it will be purely of a defensive nature. According to media reports, it will be located in the curtilage of the city of Port Sudan, the country’s main port.
The Sudanese facility will likely be similar in function to the one currently operated by Russia in Tartus, on the Mediterranean coast of Syria.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 25, 2020 14:11:59 GMT -5
'John McCain' warship drama: US Navy defends vessel entering Russian waters by blasting Moscow’s ‘EXCESSIVE maritime claims'
RT.com 24 Nov, 2020 21:38
The US Navy has called Russia’s claims of maritime territory “excessive” and described an alleged incursion by one of its ships, the USS 'John S. McCain', into Russian waters as a routine “Freedom of Navigation Operation.”
Russia's Ministry of Defense stated on Tuesday that the American vessel sailed more than two kilometers into its zone of control, off the coast of the Russian Far Eastern capital, Vladivostok, that morning. According to Moscow, the USS 'McCain' was warned away by the Udaloy-class destroyer 'Admiral Vinogradov', whose crew warned the US warship away, threatening to ram it by force if necessary.
“The Russian Federation's statement about this mission is false,” the US Navy later declared, adding that the ship’s mission took place in international waters and “in accordance with international law.”
In a tweet, the Navy said that the mission “upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea,” and challenged “Russia's excessive maritime claims.”
The US insists that Peter the Great Bay, where the USS 'McCain' was sailing, was improperly claimed by the USSR in 1984. Ever since, Moscow has stuck by the Soviet demarcation of the waters, which was determined by drawing a straight line between its adjacent coasts.
Tuesday’s encounter was not the first time that the USS 'John McCain' has been involved in high-risk incidents at sea. In 2017, 10 American sailors died after the vessel collided with a Liberian-flagged tanker, resulting in flooding and putting the warship out of action until October 2019. An investigation into that incident warned of an overly complex touchscreen system used to control the ship’s throttle, and a lack of training of its crew.
Nor is it the first time that the US has taken flak for holding such Freedom of Navigation Operations in disputed waters. American vessels regularly sail through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding claims in the resource-rich waterway, and the Chinese military accused Washington of “provocative actions” when the USS 'McCain' sailed past the Chinese-claimed Paracel Islands there last month.
Driving Russia further into China’s arms: Incidents like ‘John McCain’ warship incursion near Vladivostok counterproductive for US.
RT.com By Paul Robinson, a professor at the University of Ottawa. He writes about Russian and Soviet history, military history, and military ethics, and is author of the Irrussianality blog 27 Nov, 2020 11:48
The US continues to press Moscow from all sides. Rocket launches into the Black Sea, Baltic troop deployments and now Far East naval incursions. While these shows of strength may feel good now, they could yet prove foolhardy. Ever since ocean-going travel became common, two principles have competed to guide the use of the seas. On the one hand, the principle of mare liberum seeks to minimize restrictions on navigation. On the other hand, the concept of mare clausum aims to maximize states’ ability to limit access to parts of the seas they consider their own territory.
Mare liberum favours strong naval powers. Its primary supporters over the centuries have included the Dutch, the British, and now the Americans. By contrast, weaker states, eager to keep others away from their shores, have tended to be proponents of mare clausum.
Since 1982, the use of the oceans has been regulated by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Although the US Senate has never ratified it, successive American administrations have accepted UNCLOS as binding international law. Their interpretation of it, however, differs from that of many other states. The US actively opposes what it calls ‘excessive’ maritime claims by other nations, asserting its right to freely navigate the oceans in accordance with the principle of mare liberum.
The latest manifestation of this policy took place this week when the US warship ‘John S. McCain’ sailed into what Russia claims as its waters in Peter the Great Bay, near Vladivostok. The Russian Navy dispatched a vessel of its own to intercept the ‘McCain’, which then returned to international waters.
The legal situation is complex. UNCLOS defines various types of waters, including ‘internal waters’ which are sovereign territory and from which foreign ships can be excluded; ‘territorial waters’ which extend up to 12 nautical miles from the coast and through which foreign ships have a right of ‘innocent passage’; and ‘international waters’ over which states exert no jurisdiction. UNCLOS also mentions a category called ‘historical waters’, which are considered internal, but are not defined.
Russia claims Peter the Great Bay as internal on the grounds of it being historical water. This term derives from an earlier category in the law of the sea, historical bays, which are bodies of water largely surrounded by land. States are entitled to enclose such waters by drawing a straight line (called a baseline) across the mouth of the bay and declaring everything behind the baseline to be internal water. Territorial waters are then measured 12 nautical miles outward from the baseline.
Exactly where one can do this is not clear. In general, though, it is believed that states can only classify as historical those waters over which they have exercised continuous authority with the acquiescence of other states.
The Russian claim to Peter the Great Bay dates back to 1957, when the Soviet Union first declared it a historical bay. The claim was then reaffirmed in 1984 when the Soviet Union drew a baseline enclosing the bay. It is questionable, however, whether this was justified.
First, the length of the baseline – 106 nautical miles – could be seen as excessive. Second, the Soviet Union’s initial 1957 claim was rejected by key powers such as the USA, the United Kingdom, and France. It could be argued that Russia did not enjoy the acquiescence of other states which is required in the cases of historical waters.
Having said that, Russia could argue that it has exercised continuous control over the bay for a very long time, and that although some other states have rejected its claim, with the exception of the US, they haven’t done anything to challenge it, in effect acquiescing in practice if not in word.
The matter is further complicated by the fact that statements by both the Americans and the Russians refer to the USS ‘John S. McCain’ as having been in territorial waters, not internal waters. Though the exact location of the incident is not clear, this language would suggest that the American warship did not enter into the sea behind the baseline which the Russians claim as internal, but only into the sea extending 12 nautical miles beyond the baseline, which the Russians claim as territorial.
If that is the case, and the USS ‘John S. McCain’ was in Russian territorial waters and not internal waters, it could be argued that it had a right to innocent passage. Indeed, Russian domestic law recognizes that this right applies to warships as long as they ‘observe the legislation of the Russian Federation concerning passage through the territorial sea.’ The issue would then be whether the Americans did so.
In short, Russia could be said to have a right to claim the bay as internal waters and to object to the American action. But equally, America could be said to be within its rights to reject that claim and to do what it did. In the absence of an external authority able to enforce a judgement, it is hard to say that one side or the other is definitively correct.
Ultimately, therefore, the American incursion into the bay is not so much a legal issue as a political one. The USA could have made the political decision not to challenge the Russian claim. The question then is why the USA chose instead to act.
One explanation could be that the incident was part of a general campaign of pressure against Russia. It is perhaps no coincidence that the event coincided with test launches of rockets into the Black Sea by US forces in Romania. Combined with the deployment of US troops into the Baltic region and Poland, the naval action in the Far East could be interpreted as part of a strategy of pressing from all sides.
There may, however, be another explanation. The US Navy described its action in Peter the Great Bay as a ‘freedom of navigation operation’ designed to challenge ‘excessive maritime claims.’ One might take the Americans at their word, and see their action as a statement of principle rather than a specifically anti-Russian act.
The reason why this principle has suddenly become so important is the rising might of China, combined with Chinese efforts to turn areas of the ocean into mare clausum, most notably the South China Sea. The US regards this process with alarm, and feels a need to press back against mare clausum wherever it sees it.
If so, this fits a pattern of recent behaviour, including America’s withdrawal from arms control treaties with Russia. The US abandonment of the INF treaty, and soon possibly the New START treaty, have little to do with Russia, but a lot to do with China. Arms control treaties with Russia have prevented the US from building up its arsenal to meet growing Chinese power. The Americans have therefore decided to dispense with them.
The problem from Russia’s point of view is not, therefore, that the Americans regard it as a serious threat and are out to get it, but rather that they regard it as insignificant. Russia just doesn’t matter enough to Americans for them to be worried about annoying it when they take actions designed to confront China.
For now, this confrontational approach perhaps suits the US. In the long term, though, events like that in Peter the Great Bay can only intensify Russian-American tensions and drive Russia further into Chinese arms. Poking the bear from all sides might eventually prove to be highly counterproductive.
Last Edit: Nov 29, 2020 5:48:02 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
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Oct 28, 2020 9:59:34 GMT -5
White Cossack: Who's the best state leader currently?
Dec 6, 2020 8:57:53 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Viktor Orban?
Dec 8, 2020 5:55:50 GMT -5
Gopnik: from leader's POV, i'd say Kim Jong Un as in north korea he is not forcing any pics of himself nor making a shit ton of songs praising him unlike his dad and grandfather, but instead he is attempting to get the nation out of the shithole it is in today.
Dec 13, 2020 17:16:43 GMT -5
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