reply to post by Corruption Exposed
No problem. All I see is a humanitarian contingency plan put in place as would any other nation with vessels in the region. For the Russian Chiefs of
Staff it is all good publicity for the Russian Navy. The vessels were on work-up in the area and have to wait for the Egyptians to let them pass
through the Suez.
I expect that all the vessels will transit the Suez possibly on schedule?
I've looked back my records and the Black Sea Fleet Tanker, Ivan Bubnov, is following the same routine before transit to the Gulf of Aden.
This is from 25th APRIL 2012
. The Russian Navy Tanker is hove to at the same location as today.
From the Morse transmission on 25th April 2012
12464 RCV DE RCJG 25121 99316 10323 22200 @ 1203 UTC
31.6N 32.3E Hove to
Russian Navy media report from April 2012
on the last Gulf of Aden deployment for tanker Ivan Bubnov.
Black Sea Fleet (BSF) large seagoing replenishment tanker Ivan Bubnov has successfully passed the straits and entered the Mediterranean Sea with
the view to reach the Gulf of Aden. The tanker's task is to maintain activities of Russian Navy's counter-piracy task unit deployed to the region.
BSF marine unit is on board to protect the ship when passing straits and at anchorage. Seagoing tug MB-304 recently left Sevastopol and soon will join
Ivan Bubnov in the Mediterranean to accomplish analogous tasks.
Link from April 2012
The international weather Morse transmissions will cease as the transit of the Suez Canal takes place. The area from the Red Sea onwards is far too
dangerous to openly transmit weather with positional information. The Russians will also not let the tanker or any other auxiliary vessel transit on
its own so when the Morse Code international weather stops it is an likely that one of the warships if not all will be in transit together.