posted on Sep, 9 2012 @ 06:30 PM
Originally posted by thesmokingman
reply to post by Wonderer2012
Isnt this what they said about Libya and Syria as well? Look, just last week they abandoned their port in Syria with their tails between their legs as
they know it is imminent.
Remember those report of the evacuation of Tartus is coming from the likes of Debka. The reality is that the Russians are still using Tartus and have
the Amur Class Floating Workshop PM-138 stationed there. They need Tartus to serve as support to vessels on anti piracy patrols that transit the
region to and from the Red Sea and Horn of Africa. When Debka was bleating about the port being abandoned the Floating Workshop was still there and
the Russians made plans to replace it with another Black Sea Fleet Vessel at the end of September.
Russia Sees No Need to Withdraw Naval Base from Syria Russian Navy's technical maintenance base in Syrian port Tartus operates as usual, there are
no need to evacuate personnel and equipment, a spokesman of Russian General Staff told Interfax-AVN on Sept 4. "Indeed, deployment plan of the Russian
Navy task force implied possible evacuation of Russian staff from Tartus. With this end in view, Russian landing ships called in Tartus early in Aug
to refuel and replenish supplies. However, neither people nor equipment were taken aboard", said the interviewee. He specified that the plan was made
for the case of aggravation in Syrian crisis. It was supposed to evacuate people, arms, documents, and valuable equipment to Novorossiysk. "The rest
things were to be destroyed by a special-purpose team", the spokesman said.
I can pick up the Morse Code weather broadcasts from Russian Navy Auxiliary vessels here in the UK. On the 6th September at 18 GMT the Floating
Workshop PM-138 was still transmitting weather and stationed at Tartus. Latitude and longitude stripped out from the international weather
7763 Kilohertz RCV is Sevastopol, RBIZ is Floating Workshop.
RCV DE RBIZ 06181 99349 10358 22200 @1808Z
34.9N 35.8E Hove to
The PM-138, Call sign RBIZ, is due to be replaced by another vessel in late September. See following news article.
'Black Sea Fleet HQ Denies Tartus Base Evacuation'
10 September, 0010 GMT, and this is the following Morse Code Weather transmission from the Amur Class Floating Workshop PM-138. Still at Tartus,
RCV DE RBIZ 691 17 10 0400 691 BT FOR RJE73 RJH45 BT
10001 99349 10358 41597 42302 10260 40050 50000 70200 84100 22200 00270 20000 88000 10014 BT AR RBIZ K
The full weather code is in international weather code format.
Weather Code Handbook
The position, course and speed are all contained in the message.
99349 10358 22200
34.9N 35.8E Hove to, Tartus, Syria.
edit on 9-9-2012 by tommyjo because: Latest Morse Code weather transmission added