Contents tagged with Black Sea Fleet

  • Putin replaces the Commander of the Black Sea Fleet

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has replaced Admiral Aleksandr Vitko as the Commander of the Black Sea Fleet. Vitko is a defendant in the criminal case in Ukraine. According to Putin’s decree, Vitko was sent to a new service post in the main fleet command of the Russian Federation.  Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseev has become the new Commander of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, TASS reports citing the Russian Ministry of Defense.  

    The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office accuses Vitko …

  • Russia sends another batch of military equipment to Syria

    Russian large landing ship the Orsk was sighted in the Bosporus strait with military equipment on board, the Turkish Bosphorus observer Yörük Işık reported on Twitter. The ship appeared to be bound for the Syrian port city of Tartus.

    The Orsk is reportedly transporting BTR-80 armored vehicles, Iveco LMV armored cars, and Ural and KamAZ trucks to Syria.

    Russian BTR-80s are manufactured at the Arzamas Machinery Plant. They are equipped with a Pelena-6 jammer system, which protects the combat …

  • Russia begins exercises of air-defense forces in annexed Crimea

    An anti-aircraft missile regiment of the Army Corps of the Russian Black Sea Fleet has started military exercises near the Kacha airdrome in the annexed Crimea, as reported by the head of the Information Support Department of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Vyacheslav Trukhachev.

    “The main goal of the combat training activities is to work on the squad and battery cohesion of the regiment in defending important infrastructure facilities from hypothetical enemy air attacks.  Firing exercises using …

  • More than 40 ships from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet conduct exercises in Sevastopol

    In Sevastopol, on December 28, more than 40 ship crews from the Russian Black Sea Fleet practiced preparation for an extended naval, the use of weapons and technical equipment, as reported by the press service of the Southern Military District of Russia.

    "The crews are training to work for the survivability of the ship when berthing at the pier, practicing counter-sabotage and anti-aircraft defense," the report said. The training tasks include daily organization of service; routine and rest of …

  • Russia armed the Black Sea Fleet with more than 50 warships since annexation of Crimea

    During an interview with the Interfax news agency, Aleksandr Vitko, Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, stated that Moscow has transferred more than 50 new warships, boats and auxiliary vessels for "tasks in the Mediterranean and Black Seas” since 2014.

    "Over the past three years, we have received more than 50 new warships, boats and auxiliary vessels, which without a long commissioning period immediately began realization of tasks ", Interfax quotes Vitko as saying.

    According to Vitko, …

  • Russian Defense Ministry: Russia’s frigate Admiral Grigorovich is on its way to Syria

    A frigate of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia, the Admiral Grigorovich, sailed from Sevastopol in the Russian-annexed Crimea on December 1, heading for the Mediterranean Sea to join a group of Russian Navy ships, said the press service of the Southern Military District of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    “Today the frigate’s crew started to execute a planned transition from Sevastopol to the Mediterranean Sea. The frigate left the fleet’s main base immediately after an official ceremony dedicated to …

  • Russian Deputy Defense Minister inspects Russian military units in Crimea

    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov visited annexed Crimea to inspect the military units, Russia’s Interfax reported.

    “The Deputy Minister inspected the condition of the car park, barracks, canteen and other military administration facilities of the 810th Naval Infantry Brigade and the 126th Coastal Defense Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet,” Interfax cites a defense ministry official as saying. According to him, Bulgakov also inspected the results of the diagnostics and the …

  • Russian Black Sea Fleet conducts coastal missile exercises in Crimea


    On October 23rd, the Black Sea Fleet in the annexed Crimea conducted missile strikes on a hypothetical enemy’s ships using the Bastion and Bal missile systems, as reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry of Russia.

    The report notes that the deployment of the missile systems was in accordance with the plan for combat training of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

    “As part of the exercises, the personnel executed the procedures for preparation and going to the position area, bringing …

  • Russia conducts exercises of military aviation in the annexed Crimea

    Flight crews of Su-30SM multi-role fighter planes of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia have executed sea target bombings, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reported. A small-sized ship was used as a target for naval aviators to fulfill the task of destroying the mock enemy.

    "The results of direct hits are confirmed by telemetry and visually from unmanned aerial vehicles. To ensure the safety of combat exercises, more than 20 warships and auxiliary vessels, as well as aircraft of …

  • Russian Black Sea Fleet conducts military exercises off Crimean coast

    Ships and submarines from the Russian Black Sea Fleet in annexed Crimea set out to sea to work on planned military training exercises, Kryminform reports, citing Black Sea Fleet Spokesman Captain Vyacheslav Trukhachev.

    “Over the course of a few days, the ship crews will conduct exercises as ship strike, anti-submarine  and mine-sweeping tactical groups in collaboration with the shore-based missile and artillery units, naval aircraft and the anti-air defense fleet,” he announced.Trukhachev …