Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal

By Jim Garamone U.S., British and French air and naval forces launched attacks against the Syrian government’s chemical weapon arsenal in retaliation for the use of such weapons on civilians, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference tonight. “As the world knows, the Syrian people have suffered terribly under the prolonged brutality of the Assad regime,” the secretary said. “On April 7, the regime decided to again defy the norms of civilized…

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Over 40 warships to take part in Russia’s naval parade in 2018

Google Translation from TASS Over 40 warships, including 18 most advanced surface combatants, and also 25 aircraft and helicopters will be involved in the Main Naval Parade in St. Petersburg this year, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. “This year, we plan to involve 41 warships, including 18 most advanced combat ships. One of them is the small missile ship Uragan whose construction was completed in 2018. Also, 25 aircraft and over 4,000 servicemen will be involved in the event,” the defense minister told the ministry’s…

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Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law, today the United States will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States. We will also require the Russian government to close…

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U.S., Russia propose Bering Strait ship traffic routing measures

In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and Russian Federation have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. To view or download the routes, click here. The nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas. Located in U.S. and Russian Federation territorial waters off the coasts of Alaska and the Chukotskiy Peninsula, the routes are being recommended to help ships avoid the numerous…

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Baltic Fleet Shipborne Helicopters Make Over 200 landings in 2017

In 2017, the Ka-27 helicopters of the Baltic Fleet Naval Air Force have carried out more than 200 landings on the decks of different-type carriers. More than a third of them have been made in the dark conditions. In total, Ka-27 crews have spent more than 1,500 hours in the air, exceeding the year flight plan by 10 %. In the Baltic Sea waters, the Ka-27 helicopters have participated in tests of the newest ships built for the Russian Navy. In 2018, Ka-27 ship-based helicopters are to take part in…

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Admiral Pantileyev holds drills with Cambodian Navy

On 12 November, the Pacific Fleet’s ship detachment made up of the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev and large sea tanker Boris Butoma completed an unofficial visit to the Cambodian port of Kampongaon. During the visit, the command of the Russian ship detachment visited the Governor of the Preah Sihanoukville Province, the Mayor of the city of Sihanoukville, and the Commander of the naval base of Ream. The servicemen of anti-terror units of the two countries shared their experience in countering terrorism and practiced skills in a joint anti-piracy drills. The sailors…

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Russian Armed Forces delegation of military archivists met with Chinese counterparts in Beijing

The delegation of military archivists of the Russian Federation Armed Forces held working visit to the People’s Republic of China. During the visit, the Russian delegation met with representatives of the PRC military archives in the International Military Cooperation Office of the PLAC Central Military Council in Beijing. The sides discussed issues of further development of cooperation in accordance with the Memorandum between the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Defence of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in the archival field signed by…

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November Class K-3 Completes Drydocking Phase of Conversion to Museum Ship

Google Translation from https://bmpd.livejournal.com/2837939.html The original is taken from a colleague zvezdochka_ru in K-3 in the native element. Since the submarine “Lenin Komsomol” came into the bay of Kut 12 years have passed. And all this time the collective of the plant [Nerpa] and the Navy fought for the fate of this ship. Now we can safely say that the first stage of the museumification of the first Soviet nuclear submarine is over. The collective of SRP “Nerpa” performed complicated work on converting the submarine and today [September 8, 2017]…

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Pacific protection paramount in counter proliferation

The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials. The exercise will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 6–9 September 2017 as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which is an effort by 105 partner countries to build networks, tools and capabilities to counter illicit weapons of mass destruction-related trade across the globe. Participants will take part in academic sessions, a table top…

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50 years ago: The origins of NATO concerns about the threat of Russian strategic nuclear submarines

Today we see the contours of a re-emerging debate and focus on Russia’s naval capabilities in the High North and the North Atlantic – not on the Arctic per se, which has been heavily debated for more than a decade, but rather on the global role of the Russian navy and its nuclear deterrent. Concerns about Russian strategic nuclear submarines (SSBNs) first came to the fore in NATO 50 years ago, with the advent of the Yankee class SSBN. This development received great attention in the 1967 annual intelligence reporting…

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Second Project 03182 Vasily Nitkin Ordered

Google Translation March 12, 2017 – As reported 10 March 2017 the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Enterprise Nizhny Novgorod region, at JSC “Shipyard” Volga “Nizhny Novgorod carried tab small marine tanker 03182 for Russian Navy project. The tanker was named “Vasily Nikitin” (serial number 851) in honor of Colonel-General V. Nikitin (1914 – 1994), from 1954 to 1984, who was head of the Department of Fuel Supply (1967 – Central control supply rocket fuel and fuel, since 1979 – Central rocket fuel management and fuel) of the Ministry of…

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