Contents tagged with Black Sea Fleet

  • Ukrainian State Border Guards confront Russian Border Service off Crimean coast

    Ukrainian border guards, while on patrol, approached a drilling rig which was seized by Russia during the annexation of the Crimea. Russian ships from the Black Sea Fleet and the Coast Guard Service of the FSB immediately confronted them, reported the press service for the Ukrainian State Border Service.

    “During a planned patrol the ship Nikolaev together with border service aircraft Diamond once again recorded events confirming illegal activities in the maritime economic zone of Ukraine. Self- …

  • Ukrainian President proposes to prohibit Russian Black Sea Fleet from staying in Crimea

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has submitted a bill on changing the country's constitution to the parliament. This bill bans military bases from hosting military groups within the international treaties framework, said representative of the Ukraine President in the Verkhovna Rada, Irina Lutsenko , reports 112.ua news website.

    According to her, this bill proposes to exclude constitutional provisions that allow leasing of the military bases in the territory of the country.

    "It concerns …

  • Russia conducts aviation exercises over the Mediterranean Sea

    The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it had held naval aviation exercises in the Mediterranean Sea for pilots of its Black Sea Fleet. The Ministry’s press service reported that Ka-27PL helicopter crews and the patrol boat Yaroslav Mudry participated in the exercises.

    “Pilots of the naval aircraft of the Black Sea Fleet in cooperation with the crew of the ship practiced take-offs and landings on the deck of the ship and also trained to search and track enemy submarines,” the statement …

  • Putin replaces the Commander of the Black Sea Fleet

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has replaced Admiral Aleksandr Vitko as the Commander of the Black Sea Fleet. Vitko is a defendant in the criminal case in Ukraine. According to Putin’s decree, Vitko was sent to a new service post in the main fleet command of the Russian Federation.  Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseev has become the new Commander of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, TASS reports citing the Russian Ministry of Defense.  

    The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office accuses Vitko …

  • Russia sends another batch of military equipment to Syria

    Russian large landing ship the Orsk was sighted in the Bosporus strait with military equipment on board, the Turkish Bosphorus observer Yörük Işık reported on Twitter. The ship appeared to be bound for the Syrian port city of Tartus.

    The Orsk is reportedly transporting BTR-80 armored vehicles, Iveco LMV armored cars, and Ural and KamAZ trucks to Syria.

    Russian BTR-80s are manufactured at the Arzamas Machinery Plant. They are equipped with a Pelena-6 jammer system, which protects the combat …

  • Russia begins exercises of air-defense forces in annexed Crimea

    An anti-aircraft missile regiment of the Army Corps of the Russian Black Sea Fleet has started military exercises near the Kacha airdrome in the annexed Crimea, as reported by the head of the Information Support Department of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Vyacheslav Trukhachev.

    “The main goal of the combat training activities is to work on the squad and battery cohesion of the regiment in defending important infrastructure facilities from hypothetical enemy air attacks.  Firing exercises using …

  • More than 40 ships from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet conduct exercises in Sevastopol

    In Sevastopol, on December 28, more than 40 ship crews from the Russian Black Sea Fleet practiced preparation for an extended naval, the use of weapons and technical equipment, as reported by the press service of the Southern Military District of Russia.

    "The crews are training to work for the survivability of the ship when berthing at the pier, practicing counter-sabotage and anti-aircraft defense," the report said. The training tasks include daily organization of service; routine and rest of …

  • Russia armed the Black Sea Fleet with more than 50 warships since annexation of Crimea

    During an interview with the Interfax news agency, Aleksandr Vitko, Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, stated that Moscow has transferred more than 50 new warships, boats and auxiliary vessels for "tasks in the Mediterranean and Black Seas” since 2014.

    "Over the past three years, we have received more than 50 new warships, boats and auxiliary vessels, which without a long commissioning period immediately began realization of tasks ", Interfax quotes Vitko as saying.

    According to Vitko, …

  • Russian Defense Ministry: Russia’s frigate Admiral Grigorovich is on its way to Syria

    A frigate of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia, the Admiral Grigorovich, sailed from Sevastopol in the Russian-annexed Crimea on December 1, heading for the Mediterranean Sea to join a group of Russian Navy ships, said the press service of the Southern Military District of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    “Today the frigate’s crew started to execute a planned transition from Sevastopol to the Mediterranean Sea. The frigate left the fleet’s main base immediately after an official ceremony dedicated to …

  • Russian Deputy Defense Minister inspects Russian military units in Crimea

    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov visited annexed Crimea to inspect the military units, Russia’s Interfax reported.

    “The Deputy Minister inspected the condition of the car park, barracks, canteen and other military administration facilities of the 810th Naval Infantry Brigade and the 126th Coastal Defense Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet,” Interfax cites a defense ministry official as saying. According to him, Bulgakov also inspected the results of the diagnostics and the …