Russia’s ‘carrier-killer’ Moskva enters Mediterranean

September 11, 2013SYRIARussia’s Moskva missile cruiser, dubbed a “carrier-killer” by NATO, has passed through the Straits of Gibraltar and is now heading toward the eastern Mediterranean to assume command of the Russian naval force there. The Russian Navy said in a statement that the Moskva cruiser passed through the Straits of Gibraltar on September 10. Interfax news agency added that the Moskva cruiser, “commanded by Sergey Tronev, Captain 1st Rank of the Guards… has enough room for maneuver now. The Black Sea flagship entered the Russian Navy’s area of responsibility in the Mediterranean at 11:00 pm Moscow time yesterday,” the agency reported a military source as saying. The missile-carrying cruiser is expected to join its final destination in eastern Mediterranean on September 15 or 16. Upon arrival, the command of the Russian Navy unit in the Mediterranean, currently stationed onboard the Admiral Panteleyev anti-submarine ship, will be relocated to the Moskva. “The armaments and technical equipment of the missile cruiser are in working condition. The crew is ready to perform combat missions,” the source said.  The missile cruiser, initially known to Western naval intelligence as “Slava” (Glory), was launched in 1979 and entered service in 1983.
It was later renamed the “Moskva” in 1995. Designed to be carrier-killers, the cruisers of Class 1164 are equipped with 16 anti-ship launchers P-1000 Vulkan, or Volcano (SS-N-12 Sandbox anti-ship missiles, according to NATO classification). Another two vessels, the landing ship Nikolay Filchenkov and the guard ship Smetlivy, will join the Russian naval unit later. They will be pass through the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits by September 12-14 and will then head to the eastern Mediterranean. Russia’s Defense Ministry has said the maneuvers are part of the “stage-by-stage rotation of warships and support ships of the standing naval force in the Mediterranean.” The recent deployments are aimed at “complex monitoring” of the situation around Syria, military sources told Interfax earlier. Russia’s standing naval force in the Mediterranean now involves landing craft carriers “Aleksandr Shabalin,” “Admiral Nevelskoy,” “Peresvet,” “Novocherkassk” and “Minsk” of Russia’s Black and Baltic Sea Fleets, as well as escort vessel “Neustrashimy,” and the anti-submarine ship “Admiral Panteleyev.”  Russian naval maneuvers in the Mediterranean come amid growing tension in the region, which sparked speculation that Russia was boosting its naval presence ahead of a possible US strike against Syria.  Previously, Russia’s defense officials cautioned against making connections between the relocation of warships and the Syrian crisis, saying the maneuvers do not depend on the situation and “will continue after it.” –RT
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10 Responses to Russia’s ‘carrier-killer’ Moskva enters Mediterranean

  1. Deirdre says:

    Thank you for the work you do, keeping us all updated on the news of the world! Very much appreciated!!


  2. Dennis E. says:

    If the problem had been resolved as we were led to believe, then there is no reason why this ship
    should be deployed off the Syrian coast. The US Carrier is probably 200 miles or so away and maybe there is a US submarine that is tracking this ship and if airstrikes are launched from the Carrier and this ship launches a missile, perhaps we could see how well it can protect itself from sub-launched anti-ship missiles and torpedoes? Then again, its missiles could be deployed against the destroyers already off the coast. These missiles are really fast……………
    Putin has the upper hand now………
    That is my thoughts………..


  3. Helen Parks says:

    had to have a bit of a laugh at this one, even though it is not really funny
    from the texts hidden by Nostradamus 2 75 3 Si haut viendra du froment le boiffeau
    2 75 3 SUB FISH TO AMBUSH, IS OUTMANOUVRE BAD HUMAN IN DIE (in dee ay – Virgo) (!!)


  4. marybell says:

    That is one impressive “vehicle”


  5. John Berbatis says:

    One act of aggression from the USA against Syria, and the Middle East region will rapidly become a war zone, and this violence will spread worldwide.


  6. Steven J. says:

    This is going to get really ugly really fast. Anyone ever involved in military planning will tell you that the window to strike Syria has long passed. To do so now, unilaterally, will be a disaster for the entire world. There are too many players now in that region (Russia and China particularly) that the chances of widening the conflict are very high – yet it almost seems as if our President is h*ll bent for leather to do so, just to show us how “tough” he is… Pray that cooler heads prevail…


  7. landoflost says:

    A good hole in bottom can make so much damage to it , this things under water have function problems


  8. davide says:

    lets hope that this ship and others plus the wisdom of the countries against the war to “kill the career” of adventurers and warmongers like Obama and Netanyahu


  9. zackary says:

    its not warmonger when you try to help people im not saying we should strike on syria because of all the things that will happen with russia china etc but people in syria do need help its sad but the world has to unite an take a stand an not let things like this happen


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