Why Russia is gathering the largest strike group of ships since the Soviet era in the Mediterranean

Missile cruiser "Marshal Ustinov" suddenly turned on the beacon (sensor AIS - Automatic Identification System). This is reported by observers monitoring the movement of warships in the oceans. It turned out that the strike group of the Northern Fleet did not linger off the British Isles and headed for the Mediterranean, intending to enter it through the Strait of Gibraltar.

Apparently, the frigate Admiral Kasatonov (carrier of hypersonic missiles Zirkon) and the large anti-submarine ship (BOD) Vice-Admiral Kulakov are also going along with the cruiser.

Why Russia is gathering the largest strike group of ships since the Soviet era in the Mediterranean

Recall, on February 2 through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea entered another group of the Russian Navy. It includes the Varyag missile cruiser (an analogue of Ustinov and Moskva) and the Admiral Tributs BOD.

Moreover, the missile cruiser Moskva left Sevastopol yesterday. It also goes to the Mediterranean. It turns out that for the first time after the collapse of the USSR, the Russian fleet will assemble such a powerful group of ships on the southern flank of NATO: three Project 1164 Atlant missile cruisers, two BODs, one frigate.

At the same time, one should not forget that the frigates Admiral Grigorovich, Admiral Essen and Admiral Makarov are located in the Black and Mediterranean Seas. Their exact location is still unknown. The Black Sea Fleet also has six submarines, some of which are deployed in the Mediterranean Sea.

There is a growing opinion in the expert community that the observed redeployment of the Russian fleet is being carried out for a reason.

The US Sixth Fleet operates in the Mediterranean on a permanent basis, which currently includes the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, the Ticonderoga-class missile cruiser, and several Arleigh Burke-class URO destroyers. Just the other day, the group trained to provide air cover for ground units in Eastern Europe. F/A-18 Super Hornet carrier-based fighter-bombers, having taken off from an aircraft carrier, paid a visit to the airspace of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Romania and other NATO states.

Thus, a powerful group of Russian ships being formed in the Mediterranean is designed to fend off a possible threat from the US Sixth Fleet in the event of a conflict in Ukraine. Moreover, the strike formation of the Russian Navy actually completely blocks the entrance to the Dardanelles, which makes it impossible to transfer US Navy ships to the Black Sea. It is worth recalling here that the enemy aircraft carrier strike group is the “first client” for the Project 1164 Atlant missile cruisers - it was for the destruction of the AUG that Soviet designers created these powerful ships carrying 16 eight-ton supersonic P-1000 Vulkan missiles.

Against this background, it looks quite justified and transfer MiG-31K with Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles to the Kaliningrad region on February 3. Thus, Russia also closes the western direction for the enemy.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. Alex777 Offline Alex777
    Alex777 (Alexander) 7 February 2022 16: 58
    Mdaa ... 3 Atlanta in 1 sea and I don’t remember ...
  2. Boa kaa Offline Boa kaa
    Boa kaa (Alexander) 7 February 2022 18: 17
    Three RKRs will take turns pasturing Truman at a distance of a volley of RKs. And the BOD to ensure their combat stability. But no one says what this floating airfield is grazing "from below" ... In short, ours are seriously blocking the surprises of the Yankees. They will obviously not succeed in a sudden blow ... despite all their "demonstration" of determination. The SOS of the Navy put a cocked pistol to their temple ...
    (And now let them twitch. bully )
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    2. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 11 February 2022 16: 14
      The aircraft carrier will easily leave the RRC. What they have repeatedly demonstrated. The GUER and TU of the fleets strongly discourage ship commanders from knocking out a tiny resource of the main engine with such moves. Even the usual mezhpohodovy repair lasts for years. RRC crews are forced to save precious fuel, as at full speed they will burn the entire stock in a couple of hours. And there is nowhere to fill up. On an old tanker, the supply of fuel and lubricants is limited. And no one even plans to build new universal transports for the Russian Navy. OVS and GA have been pochikali for a couple of years, having dumped the remnants to the Department of Transportation.
  3. Dukhskrepny Offline Dukhskrepny
    Dukhskrepny (Vasya) 7 February 2022 20: 01
    "From the pine forest" scraped together all the combat-ready floating
    1. shvn Offline shvn
      shvn (Vyacheslav) 7 February 2022 20: 14
      Vasek, envy silently ...)))
    2. Bystander Offline Bystander
      Bystander (Innocent) 8 February 2022 16: 30
      The option "pulled from everywhere" is also well suited.

      But for puffing up the cheeks, such an "armada" is quite enough.
  4. Besmaster Offline Besmaster
    Besmaster (Alexander) 7 February 2022 20: 47
    Maybe we still bang?
    1. Denis Orthodox Offline Denis Orthodox
      Denis Orthodox (Denis Orthodox) 9 February 2022 10: 59
      run up and bang your head against the wall, what are you waiting for?
  5. Armagedets Offline Armagedets
    Armagedets (Igor Ivanov) 7 February 2022 22: 32
    Quote: BesMaster
    Maybe we still bang?

    Be sure to bang!) The whole world is in ruins!... But then))
  6. Oleg Olkha Offline Oleg Olkha
    Oleg Olkha (Oleg Olkha) 8 February 2022 01: 42
    NATO grouping in the eastern Mediterranean. States: USS Harry S. Truman, USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Gravely (DDG 107); frigate Fridtjof-Nansen of the Royal Norwegian Navy, Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56). USS Cole (DDG 67) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) (submarines not specified) France has deployed its carrier strike group as part of Task Force 473 (TF 473), formed around the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, which will be activated until April 2022 of the year in the Mediterranean as part of the CLEMANCEAU mission 22 aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91)
    Horizon-class air defense destroyer Forbin (D620)
    Air defense frigate FREMM Alsace (D656)
    Frigate FREMM Normandy (D651)
    Tanker Durance Marne (A630)
    Rubis-class SSN submarine. In addition, in French strike group: US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71)
    Juan de Borbon-class frigate Álvaro de Bazán (F102)
    Hellenic Navy Eli Adrias-class frigate
    Submarine of the Greek Navy. Italian group: ITS "Cavour" Strike Group without lineup details. Fuck everyone...
    1. Yuri V.A Offline Yuri V.A
      Yuri V.A (Yuri) 8 February 2022 03: 05
      All this is so clear that in which case our ships are suicide bombers, but if at least one Atlant is next to Truman, then the aircraft carrier will not save anything either, and for the Americans such an exchange is unacceptable
    2. Charisma Offline Charisma
      Charisma 8 February 2022 12: 31
      With a successful scenario, we will have time to sink not only Truman, but also Charles, if we reach out, and there is every chance to reach out. Yes, most likely we will lose our old Soviet-era cruisers ... and possibly BODs. But I do not think that such an exchange will suit our "partners". And the European part of the NATO squadron can simply dump into the fog if the mess really starts. I think that there is now a "polite" balance of power in the Mediterranean. To not do stupid things.
  7. alex-cn Offline alex-cn
    alex-cn (alexey bakharev) 8 February 2022 06: 20
    Six BDK! The cargo of which is not subject to inspection! They didn’t bring dry rations!
  8. Tektor Offline Tektor
    Tektor (Tektor) 8 February 2022 11: 35
    I would reserve one single Dagger for hitting the office of the bank manager of England with a regular warhead. So, to demonstrate the possibilities.
  9. Denis Orthodox Offline Denis Orthodox
    Denis Orthodox (Denis Orthodox) 9 February 2022 10: 58
    And Kuzya also swam there ?? Well, then it will be enough for him alone to spread the smoke and in the clouds of his cousin's smoke all enemy aircraft carriers will simply be lost.
  10. Gennady N.B Offline Gennady N.B
    Gennady N.B (Gennady Belousov) 11 February 2022 16: 03
    Nice to read. In the last century, the ships of the Northern Fleet constantly went to the Mediterranean Sea, only during my service there were several such long-distance cruises, for half a year each, where our ship was the flagship of the 5th Mediterranean squadron, and how NATO vultures circled over us all over the Atlantic - I well remembered!...