Poland: Russian fleet in the Baltic is rapidly gaining strength

Ten years ago, the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Navy was not much different from the Polish Navy. Today, Russians are rapidly gaining strength in the Baltic. They are consistently implementing their plans, and we are still having a discussion about the feasibility of having a fleet, the Polish Internet publication BiznesAlert reported on March 10, 2021.

In this study, we will be concerned exclusively with the marine component of the Baltic Fleet, although the Russians also have air and ground components (naval aviation and coastal troops). The headquarters of the fleet is located in Kaliningrad, and the bases of surface ships and submarines are the ports of the Kaliningrad (Baltiysk) and Leningrad regions (Kronstadt, St. Petersburg, Oranienbaum, Priozersk, the waters of the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga). Over the past decade, the most backward Russian fleet has undergone major re-equipment.

The Baltic Fleet is armed with 54 ships: 1 rank 1 destroyer "Persistent" (project 956-A "Sarych"), 2 patrol ships of the far sea zone of rank 2 (frigates) "Fearless" and "Yaroslav the Wise" (project 11540 "Yastreb" ), 4 corvettes of the near sea zone "Guarding", "Soobrazitelny", "Boyky" and "Stoyky" (project 20380 of the "Guarding" type). In addition, there are 15 small missile and anti-submarine ships, of which: 4 MRKs of 3 ranks of project 1234.1 "Gadfly", 6 MRKs of 3 ranks of project 1331-M, 2 MRKs of project 21631 "Buyan-M" and 3 MRKs of project 22800 "Karakurt" ...

The fleet also includes: 4 large amphibious assault ships (BDK) 2 ranks of project 775, two amphibious air cushion ships of the 3rd rank of project 12322 "Zubr", 11 missile, anti-sabotage and patrol boats of four types, 9 landing boats of three types, 2 submarines boats of the project 877 "Halibut".

Since 2010, the BF has received 16 ships, including corvettes, MRKs and boats. The scale of re-equipment would have been even greater if not for the events in Ukraine, which affected the Russian shipbuilding industry.

The main task of the Baltic Fleet is to maintain Moscow's military control over the Baltic. But in recent years, the BF has been actively involved in assisting in the implementation of energy projects in its water area. The vessels were engaged in hydrographic work, trawling operations, protection of construction sites, patrolling and other related issues during the construction of the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines.

The Baltic Fleet of the Russian Navy is confidently strengthening, which cannot be said about the Polish Navy, which is losing its already insignificant combat potential every year. The Russians are systematically, although not without problems and delays, renewing their fleet. The Poles need to take an example from the Russians, but it is not worth duplicating all their decisions, since Moscow and Warsaw have different tasks in the Baltic, sums up the media from Poland.
  • Used photographs: Anton Blinov / RF Ministry of Defense
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  1. Dima Dima_2 Offline Dima Dima_2
    Dima Dima_2 (Dima Dima) 11 March 2021 17: 37
    The Baltic fleet, like the Black Sea fleet, is squeezed by straits. In general, the Caspian is essentially a lake. The Pacific is where the open space is.
    1. Piramidon Offline Piramidon
      Piramidon (Stepan) 11 March 2021 20: 13
      Quote: Dima Dima_2
      The Baltic fleet, like the Black Sea fleet, is squeezed by straits. In general, the Caspian is essentially a lake. The Pacific is where the open space is.

      Have you already written off the Northern Fleet?
  2. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
    Ulysses (Alexey) 11 March 2021 18: 19
    There is no sense in keeping something serious in the Baltic Sea for the Russian Federation now.
    The Poles are just stirring up hysteria.
  3. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Alexander) 11 March 2021 22: 24
    The missile frigate of the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Federation, Yaroslav the Wise, has been in service since 2009 and its firepower was already sufficient to sink the entire Polish fleet. So the Poles are clearly flattering themselves ... Russia needs a strong Baltic Fleet in order to ensure a reliable connection with Kaliningrad, so reliable that jackals like Poland would not even have a thought to try to arrange a naval blockade of Kaliningrad, or try to wring it out, with the help of their American masters
  4. Oder Offline Oder
    Oder (Wojciech) 12 March 2021 12: 00
    Poles know that there is no point in keeping a large fleet in the Baltic. The sea is small and shallow. Therefore, they are not upgrading their fleet.
    Key upgrades for Poland that are currently underway are the upgrades of the T72 and Leopadr 2 tanks, the KRAB 150mm artillery shell, and short- and medium-range missile forces.
  5. Ivancarafuto Offline Ivancarafuto
    Ivancarafuto (Ivan) 13 March 2021 15: 58
    Poland: Russian fleet in the Baltic is rapidly gaining strength

    !!!!! - give me money!
  6. Andrey V. Offline Andrey V.
    Andrey V. (Andrei) 17 March 2021 01: 44
    In the conditions of the Baltic "soup with dumplings", the strategy of the "rocket-mosquito" fleet, which is extremely beloved in our country, will look extremely appropriate.

    Naturally, exclusively within the framework of a system that includes powerful coastal defense and naval aviation (no less an air division) - and the latter should not be exclusively strike, as many probably thought, but primarily anti-submarine (the main danger will be Polish, German and "neutral "Swedish submarines - although this does not mean at all that we do not need multi-role fighters there. Quite the opposite).

    In general, the Baltika is an excellent theater of military operations with the possibility of an asymmetric response - here you have plenty of space for MRKs, mine formations, and groups of combat swimmers, and an excellent possibility of using DBKs ...

    With the competent organization of the Baltic operational-tactical formation, Russia has an excellent chance to block and lock the Danish straits, completely seizing the initiative in its own hands - however, so far, unfortunately, such tasks are not posed to the BF even in theory.