A large-scale NATO Naval drill called Breeze 2014 kicks off in the Western part of the Black Sea near Bulgaria's shore. Combat and auxiliary ships from Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Great Britain and other countries are taking part. Mass media's special attention has been drawn by USS Vella Gulf, a guided missile cruiser. Experts are trying to guess whether the US is attempting to use the military exercise as a "pressure factor" on Russia in regards to the situation in Ukraine. Andrey Boldyrev, a senior researcher of the Turkey department of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Science's Institute for Oriental Studies, believes that such forecast is not quite right:
Russia continues large-scale Navy exercises in the Black Sea, Russian scientists receive international recognition, 90% of Cuba's debt to Russia to be written off, NSA targeted common citizens, Crimea and Sochi may become Russia's gambling centers, Germany demands explanation from US on captured spy. These issues in Voice of Russia's daily Press Review.
Warships of Russian Black Sea Fleet has successfully hit a complex target at naval drills to the southwest of Tarkhankut Cape, the press service of Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday. The target imitated a convoy of enemy’s warships. Missile-carrying warship Samum, small missile-carrying warship Shtil and two missile motorboats conducted joint missile fire drills.
The number of vessels of the Russian Black Sea fleet will be increased, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov told reporters on Friday.
A launching ceremony for the Rostov-on-Don (Project 636) diesel electric submarine built for the Russian Black Sea Fleet took place at Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on June 26, a Russian Defense Ministry source told Interfax-AVN. "Six submarines of this project will be built for the Black Sea Fleet within the next two years.
Russia's Black Sea Fleet will get about 30 new warships in the next six years, Navy Commander-in-Chief Viktor Chirkov said on Saturday, June 21. "The Black Sea Fleet will receive six Project 636 submarines by 2016 and the first of the six Project 1135.6 escort ships in 2015. The Fleet will also get six Project 22160 patrol boats for patrolling territorial waters and the 200-mile exclusive economic zone, escorting ships at sea and protecting naval bases and water areas to warn about enemy attacks," he said.
The city of Sevastopol has received international attention during the past months as Crimea was reunited with the Russian Federation. The Black Sea Fleet, the biggest employer of the area, will be completely modernized by 2020, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced on the Fleet's 231st anniversary. Sevastopol has other assets as well. It is a city full of historical monuments and a popular seaside resort with a marine biology center.
Russia has deployed a grouping of 24 Baltic Fleet warships and vessels for military drills in the westernmost Kaliningrad Region, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said on Wednesday.
From now on, the Russian warships on a mission in the Mediterranean will undergo scheduled maintenance at the Ship Repair Yard 13 of the Black Sea Fleet, a spokesman for the Russian Navy told Interfax-AVN on Monday. "The first Russian warship to have arrived at the Black Sea Fleet's base in Sevastopol is the large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Levchenko of the Russian Northern Fleet.
The Black Sea Fleet is a sub-unit of the Russian Navy operating in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea since the 18th century. One of the most important bases is in Crimea's Sevastopol.
Residents of the federal city of Sevastopol and crews of the ships of Russia's Black Sea Fleet are marking the 231st anniversary since the Black Sea Fleet had been founded.
A number of former ships of the Navy will be transferred from Crimea to the Ukrainian side no earlier than on May 17, a source in the Russian Black Sea Fleet Staff told Interfax on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is inspecting the maritime part of the parade in the water of the Sevastopol bay. Putin, accompanied by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Black Sea Commander Admiral Alexander Bitko, has toured in a powerboat the line of battle ships participating in the parade.The Russian president has welcomed and congratulated students of the Krusenstern barque, which came to Sevastopol specifically to participate in the parade, with the 69th anniversary of the Victory.
Submarines and next-generation surface ships will add to the Russian Black Sea Fleet this year, Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the country's government and Defense Ministry to draft a development program for the Russian Black Sea Fleet before June 1, 2014, Itar-Tass reports.
Russia has hauled back to Ukraine 13 out of 70 warships and support vessels of the country's navy that were stationed in Crimea, a local official told RIA Novosti Monday. The Ukrainian ships are being withdrawn from Crimea under agreements between the Russian and Ukrainian militaries.
The US' attempt to do a little muscle-flexing by sending additional forces to the Black Sea is causing regret and is not contributing to the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine: it is rather doubtful that the appearance of another US destroyer in the Black Sea will upset the current balance of forces there, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Security Ernest Valeyev said.
The US Navy's deployment of the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook to the Black Sea is not a threat to Russian security, but rather an element of psychological pressure, a Russian military, source told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
The Russian Navy's carrier strike group (CSG) in the Mediterranean Sea has conducted a routine rotation of its large landing ships, the Navy Central Headquarters told Interfax-AVN on Friday.
Russian Foreign Ministry has sent a note to Ukrainian Embassy in the Russian capital of Moscow over termination of treaties on the Black Sea Fleet, the Russian top diplomatic agency stated on Thursday, TASS reports. "Russian Foreign Ministry has sent a note to Ukrainian Embassy in Russia and stated about the federal law on termination of the effect of the treaties related to deployment of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine enacted on April 2, 2014," the country’s Foreign Ministry said.