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    Russia May Build Pacific Fleet Base on Matua Island in Kurils Chain

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    The Russian Defense Ministry is considering the possibility of building a base for units of the Pacific Fleet on the Matua Island in the Kurils chain, Commander of the Eastern Military District Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin said Friday.

    SAKHALIN REGION (Russia's Far East) (Sputnik) — According to Surovikin, the Russian military and the Russian Geographic Society are currently conducting a joint expedition to the Kurils chain, which involves six ships and over 200 participants. The Matua Island hosts three airstrips dating back to World War II.

    "The main goal of the expedition is to study the possibility of basing Pacific Fleet forces there," Surovikin said at a meeting with the district's senior commanders.

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    • avatar
      michael
      has great potential...
    • avatar
      cast235
      Each Island needs some small Nat Guard or based in the Sak island. That be airlifted as needed. Or some could be based on each Island. Also Coast Guard. With ultra fast ships to get criminals i speed boats. Russia need real speed boats. That are big enough. Like corvettes. Send drones, and heli's plus be capable of catch speed racing boats. One way is using nuke power for some AIP like, for stealth operations against terrorists and contraband of all kinds. Reg jets run with nuke power for say 30 years operations. And some gas cells to run on super jets. Impossible? No..

      Or hybrid fusion!!! Russia may prepare formula to decompose gas, and mix it with water . It will keep a ship running near forever. Why not?
    • Equipped with S-600s, of course.
    • avatar
      Mayoh
      Just do it!!! Don't talk so much... "Study"??? That has been study a long time ago, since the times of Soviet Union. There is not more time for "study". Just do it!!
    • avatar
      tobi.gelando
      This news would be real good if in the headline Would stay : Russia "WILL" build a Pacific Fleet Base on Matua Island not "MAY BUILD" ....
    • avatar
      teddy j
      Bob Hoferer,

      exactly ,

      KURIL is what CRIMEA is from the other side of the vast expanse of russia.

      USA wants them BOTH as 'AMERICAN" camps against their OWNER - RUSSIA.

      but this is IN CHARACTER of america.
    • avatar
      teddy j
      ivanwa88,

      exactly -- a penal colony for the american and their fellow war criminals...

      where every day -- they are - in cages -- used as tourist attractions -- *(kuike jurassic park)
      and audiences can watch as they are dunked in and out of the salt water -- while fish try to bit them bit by bit....and that's their daily entertainment value..........
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