Shown are the groupings of the Russian and NATO fleets in the Eastern Mediterranean


Russia is increasing the grouping of its ships in the Mediterranean. So, at 18:25 local time on March XNUMX through the Strait of Gibraltar in an easterly direction passed the ships of the Baltic Fleet: large landing craft "Kaliningrad", "Korolev" and "Minsk", as well as the corvette "Boyky".


Earlier, the ocean rescue tug "Nikolay Chiker" and the tanker "Vyazma" went to meet the ships of the Baltic Fleet from the eastern waters of the Mediterranean Sea.


According to the telegram channel "Hunter's Notes", the Russian Federation has concentrated quite large naval forces in the Eastern Mediterranean. So, to the south of Cyprus there are the minesweeper "Ivan Antonov", the medium sea tanker "Iman" and the trawler "Sparta" in the roadstead. To the east of Cyprus are the seagoing tug "Sergey Balk" and the small missile ship "Orekhovo-Zuevo", in the northeast direction from the island - the frigate "Admiral Grigorovich" and the patrol ship "Dmitry Rogachev". To the south of mainland Greece the frigate Admiral Kasatonov awaits the crew.

The submarine group of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea is represented by Varshavyanka class submarines - Novorossiysk, Stary Oskol and Krasnodar.

The region is also home to the ships of the North Atlantic Alliance, including the American cruiser Monterey, the destroyer Thomas Hudner and the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, as well as the Spanish frigate ESPS Cristobal Colon.
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  1. Alsur Offline Alsur
    Alsur (Alexey) 26 March 2021 14: 15
    -2
    Maybe it's time to burn?
  2. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) 26 March 2021 14: 51
    +1
    Quote: ALSur
    Maybe it's time to burn?

    Is heaven already unbearable?
  3. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 26 March 2021 16: 46
    +3
    The arrival of the 3rd BDK can hardly be called a strengthening of the grouping. They just brought something interesting about which we will learn a little later. And soon they will be loaded for sure in Novorossiysk.
    1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 26 March 2021 16: 49
      +1
      They just brought something interesting about which we will learn a little later.

      What can be brought from Kaliningrad that is not available in "continental" Russia?
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 26 March 2021 16: 56
        +2
        Weapon. It is possible to get to Kaliningrad by civil courts, further the risks of provocations like attempts to arrest the cargo or see what the insidious Russians are carrying there significantly increase. All the same can be brought from the continental part of Russia. I believe this will be demonstrated in the next 2 weeks. The ships were just in the Baltic.
        How can the BDK strengthen the fleet? By the number of pennants?
        1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
          Kristallovich (Ruslan) 26 March 2021 17: 12
          +2
          The weapon.

          The Syrian Express goes from Novorossiysk. And they never examined anything. The Turks do not need this, and the Americans do not have the authority to take such a step. It is near Libya that the international operation IRINI is taking place, which ensures the UN embargo on the supply of weapons, and there is nothing like this with regard to Syria. Moreover, the Black Sea Fleet has seven BDKs. This is if you need to transport something especially valuable.
          1. 123 Offline 123
            123 (123) 26 March 2021 18: 30
            +2
            It comes from where the landing ships are.
            The Syrian Express appeared exactly when the problems with delivery by civilian ships began. Sorry for quoting Wikipedia, it's just that this link came first:

            On January 11, 2012, the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines flagged vessel Chariot, owned by Westberg Ltd., was inspected in the Cyprus port of Limassol en route from St. Petersburg to the Syrian port of Latakia. The Chariot was reportedly carrying cartridges. Despite the EU's imposed arms embargo on Syria, the Cypriot authorities allowed the Chariot to continue on the condition that the ship would change its route.

            In my opinion, the Turks are just interested so that the cargo does not reach, but it’s hardly a matter of them. there are plenty of people along the way, from England. Do Americans bother about their powers? Since when?
            Why the cargo comes from the Baltic is a debatable question. Maybe it is located somewhere near St. Petersburg or in Kaliningrad. Why is it necessary to carry it overland to Novorossiysk and not send it immediately by sea?

            Well, as before, there are not very many versions of how the BDK can strengthen the fleet. There are practically no weapons on them; rather, they themselves need protection. hi
            1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
              Kristallovich (Ruslan) 26 March 2021 19: 00
              +2
              The Syrian Express appeared exactly when the problems with delivery by civilian ships began.

              Civilian ships did not stop delivering military supplies to Syria. They did it in 2015, and they do it today. And the "Syrian Express" is called not only the campaigns of the large landing ship, but in general any sea delivery.

              Why the cargo comes from the Baltic is a debatable question.

              It is not controversial. He's far-fetched.

              Why is it necessary to carry it overland to Novorossiysk, and not send it immediately by sea?

              Because the freight train goes from St. Petersburg to Novorossiysk for 3-4 days maximum, while the BDK will reach the Syrian shores in at least 10 days. It's faster and safer on land, especially based on your far-fetched opinion that ships might be inspected. Let me remind you that now they go bypassing the shores of 11 NATO countries.

              Well, as before, there are not very many versions of what the BDK can do to strengthen the fleet.

              I personally did not write you anything about amplification. This is not my argument.

              And soon they will be loaded for sure in Novorossiysk.

              You will already decide whether they are bringing something valuable there from St. Petersburg or going to be loaded into the Kuban ... And in addition, as I have already said: there are seven large landing ships in the Black Sea Fleet. Drive ships from the Baltic to load them in Novoross - where is the logic?
              1. 123 Offline 123
                123 (123) 26 March 2021 19: 27
                +3
                Civilian ships did not stop delivering military supplies to Syria. They did it in 2015, and they do it today. And the "Syrian Express" is called not only the campaigns of the large landing ship, but in general any sea delivery.

                Am I against it? The Syrian express concept is quite extensible, only cargo went to Syria before 2015, found a mention for 2013
                http://www.odnako.org/blogs/eshchyo-odna-pobeda-rossii-v-siriyskoy-voyne-tri-oficialnih-vizita-radi-spaseniya-terroristov/

                It is not controversial. He's far-fetched.

                Why? Do you think the only possible route is Novorossiysk? Didn't the BDK go there from the Baltic before? There are quite a few such flights, here is an example back in 2012:
                https://klops.ru/news/obschestvo/63533-korabli-baltflota-otpravilis-v-siriyu

                Because the freight train goes from St. Petersburg to Novorossiysk for 3-4 days maximum, while the BDK will reach the Syrian shores in at least 10 days. It's faster and safer on land, especially based on your far-fetched opinion that ships might be inspected. Let me remind you that now they go bypassing the shores of 11 NATO countries.

                If the travel of civilian ships along the European coast is so safe, then why is there a safer land route by rail?
                They cannot inspect the ships, it is difficult to find brave guys who want to check the large landing craft of the Russian Navy, but problems with civilian ships are quite possible. The example was given above.
                You can pull your ears off and consider that they will not dare to inspect the ships, naturally being guided by modesty and respect for international law laughing
                1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 26 March 2021 20: 05
                  +1
                  Nothing, friends, right now, colleagues Vladest and Miron will catch up and they will clarify everything purely concretely wink winked smile
                  1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
                    Kristallovich (Ruslan) 26 March 2021 20: 21
                    +1
                    Do you think the only possible route is Novorossiysk?

                    Yes, the only reasonable one in terms of time and material costs. You still offer to bring something from the Pacific Fleet.

                    The Syrian express concept is quite extensible, but the goods went to Syria before 2015, found a mention in 2013

                    I did not notice any information about any cargo in the news. Do not forget that ships make long voyages also as exercises and crew training.

                    If the travel of civilian ships along the European coast is so safe, then why is there a safer land route by rail?

                    My words were spoken as a counterargument to this:

                    Weapon. It is possible to get to Kaliningrad by civil courts, further the risks of provocations like attempts to arrest the cargo or see what the insidious Russians are carrying there significantly increase.

                    I explained to you that in this context, it is safer to drive across the territory of the Russian Federation to Novoross.

                    but problems with civilian courts are quite possible.

                    Not reasoned. Your example speaks of the inspection of a vessel flying the flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. For example, the ship "Sparta-2", which regularly makes voyages to Syria, flies under our flag and there were no questions to it.
                    1. 123 Offline 123
                      123 (123) 27 March 2021 00: 51
                      +2
                      Yes, the only reasonable one in terms of time and material costs. You still offer to bring something from the Pacific Fleet.

                      And nevertheless, they are taking them from the Baltic. Incidentally, the ill-fated Chariot came from there.

                      The ship Chariot under the flag of the Caribbean state of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, owned by the St. Petersburg company Westberg Ltd, was inspected in Limassol on its way from St. Petersburg to Syrian Latakia.

                      https://www.bbc.com/russian/international/2012/01/120111_us_russia_cyprus_ship

                      Transportation by land has its drawbacks. The cargo can be oversized, dangerous, hauling it across half of the country, and even providing security may not be the best solution. It may be easier to keep secrecy this way.
                      In any case, they use both routes, regardless of your point of view.

                      I did not notice any information about any cargo in the news. Do not forget that ships make long voyages also as exercises and crew training.

                      Of course they can yes But I doubt that the BDK will go to the exercises in the Mediterranean without cargo, especially if there is a shortage of ships. That is to say, business with pleasure. I hope you don’t think that now the BDK is going empty?

                      Not reasoned. Your example speaks of the inspection of a vessel flying the flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

                      Is being under the Russian flag a guarantee? Recently, the Greeks flew in on an excursion. The Americans also landed on a Russian ship, in my opinion the tanker is somewhere in the Persian Gulf (I don't remember, I need to clarify).

                      Special forces from the frigate F-459 Adrias of the Greek Navy landed on the Ro-Ro class cargo ship Adler, sailing under the Russian flag in the Mediterranean Sea.
                      1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
                        Kristallovich (Ruslan) 27 March 2021 09: 27
                        +1
                        And nevertheless, they are taking them from the Baltic.

                        Proof, please.

                        The cargo can be oversized, dangerous, hauling it across half of the country, and even providing security may not be the best solution.

                        An example of oversized, please. And dangerous goods too. If we talk about safety, then the risk of some kind of emergency at sea is significantly higher than by rail. Moreover, the stench of Western partners all over the world.

                        In any case, they use both routes, regardless of your point of view.

                        Proof, please.

                        especially with a shortage of ships

                        The Syrian Express has no shortage of transport.

                        Is being under the Russian flag a guarantee?

                        You are missing what I wrote earlier. Apparently, quite deliberately. The Adler was searched as part of the UN-flagged operation IRINI. That is, international powers were given for this. Russia, by the way, supported this operation at the UN.
                      2. 123 Offline 123
                        123 (123) 27 March 2021 13: 03
                        +1
                        Proof, please.

                        It is written above, there is a link. I repeat.

                        The ship Chariot under the flag of the Caribbean state of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, owned by the St. Petersburg company Westberg Ltd, was inspected in Limassol on its way from St. Petersburg to Syrian Latakia.

                        St. Petersburg is not on the Black Sea. The transportation of such goods is not advertised. Details only come up in such cases. Why should this flight be considered unique? I doubt that you have a transportation schedule and proof that they are carried out exclusively from the Black Sea.
                        As far as I remember, the S-400 was also sent to China from the Baltic, and not carried by a piece of iron to the border. (just in case, one of the references to the mention, otherwise you suddenly demand proof).
                        https://vkrizis.ru/world/v-kitay-otpravili-novyie-raketyi-dlya-s-400/

                        An example of oversized, please. And dangerous goods too.

                        It was just a guess. There will be no confirmation or proof. There are also assumptions. For example, shipping by sea is trite cheaper. If military equipment, for example, the S-300, goes by train to Novorossiysk, there are not so many options where it will be sent. It seems to me that in the Baltic Sea, with its many ports, it is easier to do this imperceptibly and until the moment it arrives at the Syrian port, the cargo will be a surprise. If ammunition is being sent, it is probably wiser to transport it by sea and not drag it through settlements.
                        It's time to get used to the stench of Western partners.

                        The Syrian Express has no shortage of transport.

                        Perhaps he is not experiencing it now. Data on needs and opportunities will not be shown to us. The very fact of the emergence of the "Syrian Express" using the BDK does not indicate some problems, possibly in the past tense?

                        You are missing what I wrote earlier. Apparently, quite deliberately. The Adler was searched as part of the UN-flagged operation IRINI. That is, international powers were given for this. Russia, by the way, supported this operation at the UN.

                        I am not missing anything, you just assume that the "partners" will act exclusively within the framework of the legal field and international law. I believe that they will rather be guided by their own decisions. The same Chariot, as far as I remember, was examined as part of the unilateral measures of the Europeans. They decided to impose an arms embargo on Syria. The Greeks motivated the search of "Adler" by the conduct of Operation IRINI (suppression of illegal arms supplies to Libya). These are these enterprising European guys.
                        https://www.operationirini.eu/

                        Russia may have supported this operation at the UN (did not look), but this is an EU operation, what if it did not support it? Does it change anything? Would they not search on that basis?
                        No remorse can be expected from the Americans in such cases. The capture of Iranian tankers, for example, is not a fantasy.
                      3. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
                        Kristallovich (Ruslan) 27 March 2021 13: 59
                        +1
                        It is written above, there is a link. I repeat.

                        Since the beginning of the operation of the RF Armed Forces in Syria, nothing has been transported from the Baltic. All supplies come from the Black Sea.

                        The transportation of such goods is not advertised.

                        That is, it is not advertised, but you are sure that the BDK is carrying something. Contradict yourself.

                        As far as I remember, the S-400 was also sent to China from the Baltic, and not dragged to the border by piece of iron.

                        S-400s in China are deployed in the southwestern part of the country. They would have been dragged along the ground for a month, no less. First through the whole of Russia, then through the whole of China. It was much easier to deliver by sea.

                        It was just a guess.

                        Your whole opinion is based on assumptions. I asked you for proof. They did not follow. What can be argued with you then? Some assumptions are of little interest to me, they do not prove anything, but with all this, you insist on your own.

                        If military equipment, for example, the S-300, goes by train to Novorossiysk, there are not so many options where it will be sent. It seems to me that in the Baltic Sea, with its many ports, it is easier to do this imperceptibly and until the moment it arrives at the Syrian port, the cargo will be a surprise.

                        Yes, you are a strategist, which are few. S-400 and S-300 were delivered to Syria exclusively by air. Without any echelons and large landing ships. And at night they were loaded onto a plane and after 5 hours the complexes in Khmeimim. This is stealth.

                        If ammunition is being sent, it is probably wiser to transport it by sea and not drag it through settlements.

                        Ammunition is delivered to Syria from the Black Sea. There has never been any "Syrian Express" from the Baltics.

                        Perhaps he is not experiencing it now.

                        Again, some groundless assumptions. There are a number of photo bloggers in Turkey who track the passage of all ships through the Bosphorus. Particular attention is paid to the Syrian Express. The same "Sparta" goes there steadily once a month. And there is no shortage of transport. BDK 775 is occasionally sent.

                        you assume that the "partners" will act exclusively within the legal framework and international law.

                        I proceed from the facts. Since the start of the operation in Syria, there have been no problems. Let me remind you that 5,5 years have passed. You have caught on to some case from 2012 with a ship that does not fly our flag, and you are trying to prove something to me.

                        Russia may have supported this operation at the UN (did not look), but this is an EU operation, what if it did not support it? Does it change anything? Would they not search on that basis?

                        This is a UN-sponsored operation. If Russia didn’t support it, it simply wouldn’t exist. This issue was considered at the Security Council, since it was supposed to involve the armed forces of the countries. All issues involving the involvement of the military are discussed in the UN Security Council.
                      4. 123 Offline 123
                        123 (123) 27 March 2021 14: 28
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                        Since the beginning of the operation of the RF Armed Forces in Syria, nothing has been transported from the Baltic. All supplies come from the Black Sea.

                        Where do not you tell me the data?

                        That is, it is not advertised, but you are sure that the BDK is carrying something. Contradict yourself.

                        The usual common sense, and I do not want to contradict it. I don't see any sense in driving ships intended for transportation empty.

                        S-400s in China are deployed in the southwestern part of the country. They would have been dragged along the ground for a month, no less. First through the whole of Russia, then through the whole of China. It was much easier to deliver by sea.

                        That's right, it's easier by sea. Loaded, unloaded at the destination. They were not dragged not only across the whole of Russia, but also to the Black Sea, and this route is shorter.

                        Ammunition is delivered to Syria from the Black Sea. There has never been any "Syrian Express" from the Baltics.

                        "Syrian Express" is a rather loose and vague concept. Perhaps this is the reason for the disagreement. What do you mean by this concept?
                        Which supplies are included in it and which ones are not exactly defined. above I gave you an example of supplies from the Baltic. Where did the data come from that the transportation from there was stopped?

                        Again, some groundless assumptions. There are a number of photo bloggers in Turkey who track the passage of all ships through the Bosphorus. Particular attention is paid to the Syrian Express. The same "Sparta" goes there steadily once a month. And there is no shortage of transport. BDK 775 is occasionally sent.

                        But am I against it? belay Sometimes they also bring them by air. Why can't you bring something to the BDK from the Baltic, since they are going there anyway?

                        I proceed from the facts. Since the start of the operation in Syria, there have been no problems. Let me remind you that 5,5 years have passed. You have caught on to some case from 2012 with a ship that does not fly our flag, and you are trying to prove something to me.

                        This is 5 years from the start of the operation. The Syrian Express was mentioned much earlier. The example was given above. How "Akademik Chersky" traveled, and "a Russian warship was accidentally strolling alongside" was written quite a lot.
                        And I didn’t cling to anything, I just gave an example of "partner behavior", why do you think that they will continue to be different? Europe is not a reliable partner. (I didn't say it, Lavrov). At the American level, we are enshrined as opponents at the legislative level.
                        So why do you think that provocations, searches, detentions are not possible?
                        If everything is so cloudless and there are no problems with transportation at all, then why send the BDK from the Black Sea?

                        This is a UN-sponsored operation. If Russia didn’t support it, it simply wouldn’t exist. This issue was considered at the Security Council, since it was supposed to involve the armed forces of the countries. All issues involving the involvement of the military are discussed in the UN Security Council.

                        Do they act only in accordance with UN decisions? Tell me, has the UN approved sanctions against Russia? Where did you get such confidence in the "integrity and law-abidingness" of the American satellites?
                      5. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
                        Kristallovich (Ruslan) 27 March 2021 14: 35
                        +1
                        I see no point in answering you in full again. You do not understand simple things, the main one of which is that you base your answers on some sentences. If only, if yes, yes "would" interfere. I suggested that you base yourself on facts. And the fact is that over the 5,5 years of the operation in Syria, no one has touched our ships. Arguing in categories "what if it happens" is not for me.

                        In addition to this, you are also asking me to prove something that does not exist. How is it in general? If you think that the "Syrian Express" is coming from the Baltics, please support your arguments with arguments. It is not the absence, but the presence that is proved.
                      6. 123 Offline 123
                        123 (123) 27 March 2021 15: 41
                        0
                        "Syrian Express" is not limited to 5,5 years, the fact of the flight from the Baltic is given above. Why should I prove something to you, and your statements should be taken on faith? I also did not see confirmation that everything is being brought only from the Black Sea.
                        I don't see any reason to argue either hi
  • Kuramori Reika Offline Kuramori Reika
    Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 30 March 2021 03: 39
    0
    have Americans and Europeans exchanged steel ships for PR? Poor.
  • ctckfqrb Offline ctckfqrb
    ctckfqrb (Evgeny Korolev) April 17 2021 22: 00
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    We "strengthened" in the Black Sea by the Caspian flotilla. Not even funny.