Russian Navy Flotilla - Channel transit July 20

Goatman

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For interest only.

This is as routine for the RN/NATO as the RAF scrambling Typhoons to intercept Russian ac North of Scotland.

But spotters may be interested in the new Russian corvette, pictured:

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Royal Navy Shadows Russian Warships Through English Channel

The Royal Navy passed escort duties onto the Belgium Navy after the four Russian ships sailed through the Channel.

9th July 2020 at 11:12am




[The Udaloy-class Destroyer V.Adm Kulakov, launched in 1981, mothballed in 2010 and brought back into service- Vice Admiral Kulakov sails through the English Channel (Picture: Royal Navy).]

The Royal Navy has shadowed Russian warships through the English Channel.
The four-strong group of Russian vessels included the submarine-hunting destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov, which was monitored by the Royal Navy as it sailed through the Dover Strait less than three weeks ago.

It was accompanied by corvette Vasily Bykov and two support vessels on its latest trip through the Channel.

Navy patrol ships HMS Tyne and HMS Severn intercepted the warships on the edge of the UK's area of responsibility and monitored them through to the North Sea.
The Navy said escort duties were then handed over to the Belgian Navy.
The monitoring mission came following a circumnavigation of the UK by HMS Tyne.

Corvette Vasily Bykov was also monitored by the Royal Navy as it sailed through the Channel (Picture: Royal Navy).

The ship's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard Skelton, said: “We have quickly transitioned from Maritime Security Operations to internal navigation training and then to shadowing Russian warships – all of which is designed to ensure our nation’s security.

“This pace and level of activity is common for Tyne; during our last patrol the ship intercepted Russian warships soon after completing an exercise with our Irish counterparts.”

The Kulakov is based with the Russian Northern fleet on the Kola Peninsula, while the Royal Navy said the Bykov had sailed all the way from Crimea, the home of the Black Sea Fleet.



Some additional info on these vessels here:

Project 22160 Class Patrol Ships - Naval Technology

The Vasily Bykov is the lead ship of a class of six vessels, designed for use on the Black Sea.

@jrwlynch may be able to comment on the progress of this newish class for the Russian Navy .

Ironically, one of the RN pair shadowing this group was itself brought back into service recently

Navy ship saved from scrapyard shadows four Russian warships in the Channel


I wonder if young Cummings has seen these ships in any of his recent briefings.
 
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The 2 escort vessels - otherwise known as "tugs" for when Russia's finest war canoes break down then would it?
 

Goatman

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Oilers probably, little ships like the Bykov ( which is five years old, unlike the geriatric Udaloy class) don't carry enough dirty dieso to tonk all the way from Istanbul to the North Cape without some refills.

But then of course, being a seasoned sea-goer you knew that ?
 
Oilers probably, little ships like the Bykov ( which is five years old, unlike the geriatric Udaloy class) don't carry enough dirty dieso to tonk all the way from Istanbul to the North Cape without some refills.

But then of course, being a seasoned sea-goer you knew that ?
Don't you "Hello sailor" me Tarquin!
 
For interest only.

This is as routine for the RN/NATO as the RAF scrambling Typhoons to intercept Russian ac North of Scotland.

But spotters may be interested in the new Russian corvette, pictured:

Source

Royal Navy Shadows Russian Warships Through English Channel

The Royal Navy passed escort duties onto the Belgium Navy after the four Russian ships sailed through the Channel.

9th July 2020 at 11:12am




[The Udaloy-class Destroyer V.Adm Kulakov, launched in 1981, mothballed in 2010 and brought back into service- Vice Admiral Kulakov sails through the English Channel (Picture: Royal Navy).]

The Royal Navy has shadowed Russian warships through the English Channel.
The four-strong group of Russian vessels included the submarine-hunting destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov, which was monitored by the Royal Navy as it sailed through the Dover Strait less than three weeks ago.

It was accompanied by corvette Vasily Bykov and two support vessels on its latest trip through the Channel.

Navy patrol ships HMS Tyne and HMS Severn intercepted the warships on the edge of the UK's area of responsibility and monitored them through to the North Sea.
The Navy said escort duties were then handed over to the Belgian Navy.
The monitoring mission came following a circumnavigation of the UK by HMS Tyne.

Corvette Vasily Bykov was also monitored by the Royal Navy as it sailed through the Channel (Picture: Royal Navy).

The ship's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard Skelton, said: “We have quickly transitioned from Maritime Security Operations to internal navigation training and then to shadowing Russian warships – all of which is designed to ensure our nation’s security.

“This pace and level of activity is common for Tyne; during our last patrol the ship intercepted Russian warships soon after completing an exercise with our Irish counterparts.”

The Kulakov is based with the Russian Northern fleet on the Kola Peninsula, while the Royal Navy said the Bykov had sailed all the way from Crimea, the home of the Black Sea Fleet.



Some additional info on these vessels here:

Project 22160 Class Patrol Ships - Naval Technology

The Vasily Bykov is the lead ship of a class of six vessels, designed for use on the Black Sea.

@jrwlynch may be able to comment on the progress of this newish class for the Russian Navy .

Ironically, one of the RN pair shadowing this group was itself brought back into service recently

Navy ship saved from scrapyard shadows four Russian warships in the Channel


I wonder if young Cummings has seen these ships in any of his recent briefings.
Dominic Cummings would be familiar with the Russian Navy; after all, he did spend a number of years working there.
 

Yokel

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Dominic Cummings would be familiar with the Russian Navy; after all, he did spend a number of years working there.
Did he advise on ship building repair policies such as the upgrades to a floating dry dock and relying on yards in the Ukraine for refitting the carrier Kuznetsov or building other ships above frigate size, and then starting a war with them?

Doh!
 

Goatman

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Don't you "Hello sailor" me Tarquin!
Ah, I beg your pardon.....I should have guessed from the well-cut Crimplene that you were ex-Crab Air.....

Dominic Cummings would be familiar with the Russian Navy; after all, he did spend a number of years working there.
About as familiar as the average City Wide Boy is with the difference between an 81mm round and a 9mm one ?

He'd be able to tell a Kashin from an Akula from a Dushka at a glance maybe ? I beg leave to doubt it.
 

Goatman

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Dominic Cummings would be familiar with the Russian Navy; after all, he did spend a number of years working there.
About as familiar as the average City Wide Boy is with the difference between an 81mm round and a 9mm one.....
 
Can't see all the fuss. Russia has 286 ICBMs capable of delivering nearly 1000 nuclear warheads. A corvette and destroyer with piddly little guns are hardly the Tirpitz.
 

Tool

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Can't see all the fuss. Russia has 286 ICBMs capable of delivering nearly 1000 nuclear warheads. A corvette and destroyer with piddly little guns are hardly the Tirpitz.
The Royal Navy passed escort duties onto the Belgium Navy after the four Russian ships sailed through the Channel.

9th July 2020 at 11:12am

The four-strong group of Russian vessels included the submarine-hunting destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov, which was monitored by the Royal Navy as it sailed through the Dover Strait less than three weeks ago...
There's your answer, I guess. Looking for the boomers, or at least testing the hunter capability in a reatively shallow, noisy environment.
 

lert

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There's your answer, I guess. Looking for the boomers, or at least testing the hunter capability in a reatively shallow, noisy environment.
Ain't no Vanguards in the Channel...
 
Navy patrol ships HMS Tyne and HMS Severn intercepted the warships on the edge of the UK's area of responsibility and monitored them through to the North Sea.

Bet Ivan was in awe.
 

lert

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Navy patrol ships HMS Tyne and HMS Severn intercepted the warships on the edge of the UK's area of responsibility and monitored them through to the North Sea.

Bet Ivan was in awe.
What would you have done? Used one of the carriers? It's a rather nice way of saying "We know you're here Ivan, we're really not that mithered about you".

We do the exact same thing in other parts of the world, often in more contentious circumstances. It's really not a re-run of the Armada.
 

Tool

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I'm confused. What does a picture of a Typhoon have to do with a Vanguard class on the Goodwin Sands?
<sense of humour failure> Subs are not supposed to travel through narrow or shallow channels, but do so occasionally.
</sense of humour failure>

Is this better?
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A 40 year old ship is new?

On that calculation I'm just approaching my 20th birthday!
 

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