Originally posted by TheMindWar
reply to post by ModernAcademia
So if Russia have warships in Syrian waters already then why would they bother moving thier carrier fleet away from the UK?
I dont think the carrier fleet off the uk is going anywhere soon.
There was never any Russian warships in Syrian waters in the first place. The only Russian warship in the Mediterranean was the Frigate Ladny. The
Ladny was also no where near Syria and visited Malta and France. The carrier fleet off the UK was only sheltering from the storms, waiting for
elements of the Baltic Fleet and to replenish stores from their support vessels. They then moved out into the Atlantic to conduct flight operations
from the Kuznetsov.
As of today the carrier and escorts have entered the Mediterranean. They have been sending weather and sea state reports in Morse Code for the past
week or so. On High Frequency these are audible for thousands of miles and I have been intercepting them. The weather and sea state reports contain
the coordinates of their position.
Looks like the Russian aircraft carrier Kuznetsov and escorts have entered the Mediterranean?
Morse Code message on 12464 Khz at 1254 GMT - 22 December
RIT DE RAL46 QSA IMI QTC K
RAL46 145 17 22 1630 145 BT FM RAL46 RAL65 FOR RJD74 RJH45
22121 99357 70040 41/98 03004 10180 40.62 51020 70200 22233 330// 40801 22012 BT AR RAL46
From the second and third group of the message.
Vessel RAL46 is also sending the message for another callsign RAL65. It appears to be travelling in close proximity. Callsign RAL46 and RAL65 could be
carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and escort Admiral Chabanenko?
The callsign RIT is HQ Northern Fleet Severomorsk.
Morse Code message on 12464 at 1214 GMT - 22 December. This places the vessel in the Mediterranean.
RMP DE RK081 QSA IMI QTC K
RKO81 303 20 22 1600 303 BT SML FOR RJD38 BT
22121 99357 70041 41798 12705 10180 40266 5.000 70200 81001 22233 0170. ..501 327// 4///// 88000 80000 22017 AR RK081
From the second and third groups of the message.
The callsign that the vessel (RK081) is sending the message to is RMP. This is the Baltic Fleet HQ at Kaliningrad so it narrows down the likely
Very hard to tie down the callsign to a specific ship. It could be anyone of the Baltic Fleet vessels in the Task Group? RK081 is possibly the Tanker
Lena entering the Mediterranean first to link up with the Black Sea Fleet Frigate Ladny?
Baltic Sea Fleet elements of the Task Force.
Frigate Yaroslav Mudry