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You never know Russia could loose a few ships and end up trying to send their new 2013 model coastal patrol ship. I do fear however they would be picked off by LA class attack subs long before they ever made it to the MED. Problem with jet turbine surface drive is they make a lot of noise, so much a WWII diesel sub would have no problem picking them up no less a modern attack sub.
I'm not nervous about Russia going up against the US one on one with conventional weapons. I don't think that China and NK would sit back while we are getting bogged down with Hezbullah, Russia, Syria and Iran. Japan and South Korea could be in danger. I think China could use that time to take over some of that land they want.
Russia has dispatched a "carrier killer" missile cruiser and other ships to the eastern Mediterranean in its largest naval deployment since Soviet times.
The move comes as the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, examine Moscow's plan to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control. Both Russia and the US have been beefing up their naval presence in the Med over the past several weeks.
The destroyer Smetlivy left a naval base in Sevastopol, Ukraine, on Tuesday on a mission to the Syrian coast, a military source told the state news agency Interfax on Thursday.
Russia sends missile cruiser to Mediterranean as Syria tension mounts
Country's biggest naval deployment since USSR days sent to sea's east as US also beefs up maritime presence in region
The missile cruiser is Moskva. She is from the Black Sea Fleet and was on a goodwill trip to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. When the Russians announced the news Moskva was still in the Caribbean.
An excellent source of info is a the following link.
Most of the vessels are landing ships. Nothing unusual in this as the Russians have regularly dispatched landing ships as a contingency for evacuation plans of Russian nationals in Syria. The list is slightly in error as the Black Sea Fleet landing ship Azov is currently in the Baltic on detachment.
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The United States is now well-recognized internationally as a rogue state operated as an organized criminal enterprise. But what can you do? Like any criminal organization, they'll continue their crime spree until they're taken down. It's not as if We The People have any control over them.
I feel bad for our military men and women, being in this position—many, if not most, of them not even understanding that they're participating in criminal activities....
edit on 9/13/2013 by Ex_CT2 because: (no reason given)
This is a ridiculous move when a possible deal is on the table. Putin better watch all that strutting cause at the end of the day Russia Navy and military might as a whole is still lacking from the fall of the Soviet Union. Everyone needs to calm down and stop acting big before someone gets their feelings hurt and ends up sinking a half dozen ships. Then Russia will really have a problem.