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Russian navy nears Cyprus drilling zone (Joint Russo-Israeli exercise )
http://famagusta-gazette.com/russian-navy-nears-cyprus-drilling-zone-p13594-69.htm ^

Posted on 11/24/2011 11:15:23 AM PST by kronos77

T HE “Admiral Kuznetsov” class aircraft carrier is currently off the coast of Malta and heading for eastern Mediterranean from their base in the Barents Sea.

Informed sources have said that the Russian navy and Israeli military will hold joint exercises next week close to Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.

The exercises are slated to begin on the 28th November and last a week.

Commentators say that Russia is determined to send the message that they have invested interests in the region and will secure them.

It is understood that the aircraft carrier is carrying 24-fixed wing planes and a number of helicopters. It has also been reported in the press that the Russian navy may request to use port facilities at Limassol.

The radio report also claimed that three Russian destroyers are currently anchored off the Syrian coast. Russia's naval supply and maintenance site near Syria's Mediterranean port of Tartus will be modernized to accommodate heavy warships after 2012, the Russian Navy chief said earlier this week.

"Tartus will be developed as a naval base. The first stage of development and modernization will be completed in 2012," Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said, adding it could then serve as a base for guided-missile cruisers and even aircraft carriers.

The Soviet-era facility is operated under a 1971 agreement by Russian personnel.

Russian relations with Cyprus are at their best in many years. Last month, the Russian Ambassador to Cyprus Vyacheslav Shumskiy said that Moscow fully supports the sovereign right of Cyprus to exploit its natural resources.

“Our position is absolutely clear , and we were among the first countries to comment on that, and we totally support the sovereign right of the Cypriot people for exploitation of natural resources , this is totally in accordance with the international law and with the EU regulations, so there is no doubt about that”, he noted.

Invited to comment on Turkish threats against Cyprus, he said that Turkey’s position is not “very wise”.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: cyprus; greece; israel; methane; russia; turkey

1 posted on 11/24/2011 11:15:33 AM PST by kronos77
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To: kronos77

Moscow is seeking to block Islamist Turkey, which is also a NATO member. The exercises with Israel are interesting which tells us what the Kremlin is doing in the eastern Mediterranean.


2 posted on 11/24/2011 11:28:39 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: kronos77

Russia, Israel and Greek Cyprus seem to be in agreement on Eastern Mediterranean energy exploration. Could this be the basis of an alliance against Turkey; and to a lesser extent, give the US a cold dose of reality if there are scenes of Russian and Israeli ships in joint maneuvers?


3 posted on 11/24/2011 11:50:07 AM PST by Truth29
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To: goldstategop
Don't suppose the muslim brotherhood wants to take over all the middle east energy resources to gain the wealth of the world?
4 posted on 11/24/2011 11:51:40 AM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: mountainlion

The Islamists are supported by Arab oil money. Anything which gives Europe some degree of true energy independence from Islamic oil supplies reduces Islam’s power and influence.


5 posted on 11/24/2011 11:57:55 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: goldstategop
I just saw on the news a few hours ago that the US Navy is diverting the George H.W. Bush to the Eastern Med. She had been heading home after a five-month combat tour in the Arabian Sea, but will now redeploy off the Syrian coast.

Things could get interesting in a hurry. Does anyone know how long it has been since the US and Russia had carriers in close proximity during a crisis situation? Or is this the first time?

6 posted on 11/24/2011 12:06:51 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: kronos77

7 posted on 11/24/2011 12:15:17 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Stonewall Jackson

U.S. Carrier George H Bush (headed to area where Russian carrier is operating, hmmmm)

8 posted on 11/24/2011 12:20:16 PM PST by jpsb
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To: jpsb

Go Big Poppy!


9 posted on 11/24/2011 12:24:49 PM PST by RichInOC (The U.S. Armed Forces. Setting up our enemies the bomb since 1775. FOR GREAT JUSTICE.)
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To: RichInOC

like your tag line.


10 posted on 11/24/2011 12:34:29 PM PST by brivette (lol!)
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To: Jeff Head
The Russian Admiral Kuznetzov and the American George H.W. Bush are both in the Eastern Med and Syria is threatening to boil over. Have American and Russian carriers ever been in close proximity during a crisis situation? The only possibility I can think of might be Kosovo. Do you know where the Kuznetzov was at the time?
11 posted on 11/24/2011 12:37:52 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: RichInOC

I am assuming she will be bringing her task force with her, gonna be a lot of fire power in the east med real soon.


12 posted on 11/24/2011 12:38:22 PM PST by jpsb
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To: PapaBear3625
We buy lots of Arab oil and make the Arabs rich so they can support their terrorists so we are supporting our worst enemies. If the Muslim brotherhood locked up the oil supplies form Lybia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and took over the oil reserves of Israel we would have to learn to speak Farsi and read the koran and obey Sharia law.
13 posted on 11/24/2011 12:41:27 PM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

I don’t think the Russians operated carriers during the cold war. At least I don’t recall reading about any. Might have had one or two that they kept close to home or for training.


14 posted on 11/24/2011 12:48:18 PM PST by jpsb
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To: jpsb
I am assuming she will be bringing her task force with her, gonna be a lot of fire power in the east med real soon.

Last time Israel attacked the US Navy, it didn't turn out too well for us.

15 posted on 11/24/2011 12:50:10 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Yeah defenseless recon ship, never did get a good explanation of why they attacked us.


16 posted on 11/24/2011 12:56:01 PM PST by jpsb
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To: jpsb
They had four Kiev-class jumpjet carriers that started entering service starting in 1975. Two are museums in China, one was scrapped in South Korea, and the fourth has been sold to India, was converted into a conventional carrier, and is currently undergoing trials before entering service next year.
17 posted on 11/24/2011 1:00:58 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: jpsb

Anyone remember the quote hunt for red october where sen. Thompson played the admiral and the fighter crashes on the flight deck?


18 posted on 11/24/2011 1:01:07 PM PST by DownInFlames
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To: DownInFlames

“Things are going to get out of control”, that all I remember I think there was something about “people are going to die” too.


19 posted on 11/24/2011 1:31:26 PM PST by jpsb
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To: jpsb

Defenseless except for a carrier task force that LBJ ordered to recall its strike aircraft, on crass political grounds.


20 posted on 11/24/2011 2:10:08 PM PST by PAR35
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To: magslinger

ping


21 posted on 11/24/2011 3:46:05 PM PST by Vroomfondel
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To: jpsb

Three congressional investigation, and Israel’s release of the tapes suggest taht you are willfully ignorant.


22 posted on 11/24/2011 4:55:45 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: DownInFlames; jpsb

Admiral Painter- “This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it.”


23 posted on 11/24/2011 5:07:18 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: jpsb
U.S. Carrier George H Bush (headed to area where Russian carrier is operating, hmmmm)

Hope they fixed the toilets.

24 posted on 11/24/2011 5:10:02 PM PST by Drew68
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25 posted on 11/24/2011 5:29:12 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

Tks.


26 posted on 11/24/2011 6:25:36 PM PST by DownInFlames
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To: jpsb

>>>>>>>I don’t think the Russians operated carriers during the cold war. At least I don’t recall reading about any. Might have had one or two that they kept close to home or for training.>>>>>>>>>>
I think they built 6 or 7 carriers during the Cold War, all scrapped or sold in 1990s with the exception of this newest one comissioned right at the time of the Soviets collapse.


27 posted on 11/24/2011 6:52:03 PM PST by cunning_fish
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Thanks kronos77.


28 posted on 11/24/2011 7:38:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: kronos77; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
Add to this information these items:

USS George W Bush (CVN 77) has been redeployed from its station off the Straits of Hormuz to the eastern Med.

HMCS Vancouver (FFH 331), which has been on station off Libya as part of just completed NATO Operation Unified Protector, has been retained in the Med until January 2012, ostensibly to join NATO Operation Active Endeavour, when it will be replaced by HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339).

29 posted on 11/24/2011 7:44:00 PM PST by Clive
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To: Clive

Does it still only have 4 missiles?


30 posted on 11/24/2011 7:49:40 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: kronos77

Thank you very much for posting this.What makes the entire scenario utterly fascinating to me is the inconceivable political realignment that has taken place as facilitated by the Russian-Israeli collaboration.


31 posted on 11/24/2011 8:31:46 PM PST by lbryce (There is no pro-choice option.It's either providing the gift of life or it's murder,plain and simple)
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To: Cvengr
Cvengr wrote:
Does it still only have 4 missiles?
Here is a DND/'Canadian Forces link to part of the description of RCN Halifax class frigates:

Armaments and Countermeasures

Canadian frigates routinely integrate into US Carrier Battle Groups.

32 posted on 11/25/2011 3:59:03 AM PST by Clive
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To: kronos77
More dubious reporting. It is like the bogus claims of Russian warships in or off Syrian waters.

The Russian aircraft carrier Kuznetsov is still exercising in the Barents Sea. It has been conducting exercises for the past couple of weeks. The plan is to deploy the Kuznetsov and Chabanenko on a routine lengthy cruise during December.

'According to the Russian Defense Ministry Russia’s only aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” and the destroyer “Admiral Chabanenko” will leave their bases in Murmansk and Severomorsk in December and sail south.'

Aircraft Carrier to exercise from December

Earlier report

Aircraft Carrier to exercise from November

33 posted on 11/25/2011 5:31:02 AM PST by Tommyjo
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To: Stonewall Jackson
The Russian Navy Commander in Chief just inspected the Kuznetsov Carrier Battle Group yesterday. Guess what? He didn't have to fly to the Mediterranean :)

Admiral Vysotsky to check N Fleet aircraft carrier group readiness

The whole dubious reporting of the Kuznetsov comes from the Cypriot Famagusta news agency. News agencies were also reporting the Kuznetsov Battle Group in the Med a month ago!. Kuznetsov was still with the Northern Fleet off Russia at the time.

People really need to take a step back and think about these incorrect news reports? When the Kuznetsov Carrier Battle Group actually deploys in December it will be reported in Norwegian media as NATO monitors its progress through areas of interest. The Russians Air Force strategic aviation bombers will also exercise with the Battle Group as it deploys either via the North Sea or Atlantic. These will also be monitored and intercepted by NATO assets. The Kuznetsov Battle Group conducts regular routine deployments and this one was annouced as far back as September 2011.

34 posted on 11/25/2011 6:03:30 AM PST by Tommyjo
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To: kronos77
The story of Russian warships in or off Syria is also completely incorrect. Admiral Valentin Selivanov has revealed.

"In Tartus now there aren't any our ships. There is only our floating workshop and storage platform. A month ago also there came the Black Sea Fleet patrol ship "Smetlivy", but she has already returned to Sevastopol."

Russian Admiral reveals Russian Navy status currently in Mediterranean

The Smetlivy was exercising with NATO assets along with the rescue ship Epron. The Smetlivy was at the time the only Russian warship in the Mediterranean. Admiral Selivanov revealed that she has already returned to Sevastapol in the Black Sea. The whole story was bogus from the start!

The Smetlivy during her exercises with NATO assets link.

Russian exercise with NATO in Mediterranean

35 posted on 11/25/2011 7:25:03 AM PST by Tommyjo
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To: kronos77
The Russian Navy Frigate Ladny is due to enter the Mediterranean shortly.

Frigate Ladny to enter Mediterranean

"The Ladny has left Sevastopol and headed for the Mediterranean. The ship's voyage began a day ahead of the schedule due to unfavorable weather forecasts," Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev said. The spokesman said the ship was scheduled to make calls at the ports of Cyprus, Malta, France and Spain.

The daily also said that in the spring of 2012, the group of Russian naval ships would enter the Syrian port of Tartus.

A source in the Russian Defense Ministry denied this information, saying the Russian aircraft carrier naval group led by the Admiral Kuznetsov did not plan to call at Syria during winter exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.

Frigate Ladny

36 posted on 12/05/2011 6:52:10 AM PST by Tommyjo
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To: kronos77
The Russian aircraft carrier and escorts have now entered the Mediterranean.

Russian Navy Carrier Group Entered Mediterranean

'Northern Fleet (NF) aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov on Dec 23 passed Gibraltar Strait and entered the Mediterranean Sea.

Other ships of the carrier strike group passed the strait few hours earlier.

In accordance with further plans, the Russian Navy's task force consisting of NF large ASW ship Admiral Chabanenko, Baltic Fleet (BF) frigate Yaroslav Mudry, and NF tanker Sergei Osipov will pay a formal visit to Spanish port Ceuta.

Aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and other supply vessels in the nearest time will head for anchorage site in western part of the Mediterranean Sea in order to replenish the carrier's supplies.

Black Sea Fleet (BSF) frigate Ladny joined the carrier group on Friday, Dec 23'

The last Morse Code transmission that I picked up was on the 26th December. Russian Navy ship RKO81 passed a weather report to Headquarters Sevastopol (Callsign RCV)

12464 RCV DE RKO81 QSA ? QTC @ 1335 RKO81 BT 731 20 26 1600 731 BT SML FOR RJD38 BT 26121 99357 70017 41698 10911 10150 40306 57001 70110 81/// 23262 01170 299// 309// 4//// 88000 80000 26017 BT AR RKO81 K

Lat and long from the last three figures of the second and third groups 99357 70017

35.7N 01.7W (Off Algerian coast)

Map Link for 35.7N 01.7W

37 posted on 12/27/2011 2:52:24 PM PST by Tommyjo
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