Whilst that makes perfect sense, it seems unbelievable for a navy the size and caliber as Russia, especially as it strives to expand it's presence worldwide.It could have something to do with the price tag of simultaneously deploying the Petr Velikiy and Admiral Chalabenko to Venezuela, and the Kuznetsov and Admiral Levchenko to the Mediterranean. Then we also have the Neustrashimiy near the Gulf of Aden. All on a rather limited budget, and logistics base.
According to the official, during the current tour, which will last for several months, the Russian warships will accomplish a number of assigned tasks, including joint drills with Russia's Black Sea Fleet, as well visits to several ports in the Mediterranean.
Always a Tug. Must slow down the force to oceanic Tug speeds. Why are there two tankers are the two different types of fuel needed for shipsA Russian task force is due leave Vladivostok in the next few days for the Indian Ocean for exercises with India, INDRA-2009, in January.
Composition of the task force is the Udaloy class DDG Admiral Vinogradov, two tankers, and a tugboat.
Word has it that the Admiral Vinogradov will relieve the Frigate Neustrashimy on Somalia Patrol in late December or early January.
Well put Feonor. A few scattered port visits are still away off from sustained deployments. I am sure Russia has the political will to make it happen. Platform acquisitions, logistics and funding could be a different story.This is an absolute post Soviet record, and includes a rather large number of warships. However it seems that the Navy is operating on the level of individual ships, rather then systemized groups of ships selected for joint operations. While it's definetly a step forward, and gives valuable training to the crews, as well as an opportunity to train with Navies of other nations in joint exercises, as well as giving a chance to work out the logistics of long range deployments, overall this isn't very impressive. If anything it's a sign of how long the road to recovery will be for the VMF, if it ever hopes to become a true blue-water Navy again.