The same admiral Nakhimov who commanded the Russian fleet at the Battle of Sinop mentioned in my previous post was involved as a more junior officer in the Battle of Navarino in the Ionian Sea. This battle was part of the Greek War of Independence; the Greeks were fighting to separate from the Ottoman Empire. The Russians fought in alliance with the British and French, and according to a number of sources Nakhimov received honours and decorations from allies (including the Order of the Bath) for his outstanding performance in that battle.Seems a bit ironic that when we were cruising around the Ionian sea earlier this year many of the super yachts were Russian owned and considerably bigger than most of the Russian Navy vessels still in service .
They did indeed. They have yet to crawl around the KGB and GRU's archives. Both of those agencies were at full power in the DDR during those years.I can answer that one: the papers crawled all over the BStU archive of Stasi documents back in 2016 and the archivists found precisely nothing.
It would be interesting to know the truth of this. Obviously, we've been brought up for many decades to believe US good, Russia bad but the US Navy hasn't exactly excelled in seamanship of late.Is there a deliberate policy of acting dangerously at sea as well as in the air?
They (Russians) certainly messed up when the French cancelled the delivery of brand new Mistral class ships (~22t) because of the Russian actions in Ukraine. Would've been a big improvement.More on the new Russian helicopter carriers
The vessels are to be 25,000 tons and have a length of about 220 meters, Izvestia reported. They should be able to carry over 20 helicopters.
Is this the largest ship that a Russian yard can construct? Also is Moscow hoping to put some sort of 'VTOL fighter' (shades of Yak 38 Forger) aboard - see my tongue in check comment above.
The French contract was intended to modernise the shipbuilding industry in Russia and introduce newer and more efficient methods.I did wonder why Russia was ordering warships from France anyway - given they are meant to be an industrial superpower? I know that some of the largest shipyards in the USSR days where Ukrainian ones, and their custom is no longer welcome, but there must be some big yards in Russia?
Would they be capable of the project management and integration expertise need to integrate sections of ship built at different yards?
Surely they are export controls for that sort of thing?The French, believe or not, are surprisingly good at that stuff these days...they supply CAD/ Design/ Project management tools to pretty much most Auto/ Aircraft manufacturers around the world. I have no clue about the naval side of things.
How much larger is the Russian population than Spain's? Not so many years are the Russians seemed to be rolling in oil and gas money.Russia’s economy is about the size of Spain’s, but far less efficient, if you can imagine that.
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