Skip to comments.Why Ukraine’s Strike On Sevastopol Naval Infrastructure Is A Big Deal
Posted on 09/13/2023 1:55:04 PM PDT by Timber Rattler
Ukraine’s audacious strike on Sevastopol’s naval infrastructure has apparently severely damaged a landing craft and a submarine. Aside from inflicting significant naval losses, the sidelining of a major naval dry dock facility complicates Russia’s ability to operate on the Black Sea.
In modern warfare, dry docks have always been a high-priority target.
As complex pieces of heavy machinery, necessary for the basic maintenance of any naval force, dry docks—facilities where ships can be floated in and repaired after water is pumped out—are not easy things to fix. America is spending billions to refresh undamaged dry docks. Repairing battle damage will be far more costly.
Russia’s inability to defend these vital pieces of critical military infrastructure is a stunning military failure, suggesting Russia’s air defenses are either inadequate, broken or both.
But the strike also highlights Russia’s desperation. After several strikes across Crimea and Sebastopol, Russia knew the docks were likely targets, but, regardless of the threat, Russia continued to use them to maintain key Black Sea naval units.
Russia simply has nowhere else to go.
Russia’s lack of modern Black Sea waterfront repair infrastructure is a serious problem for Russia’s Black Sea fleet. Without maintenance support, Russia’s entire Black Sea Fleet will, in a matter of months, be rendered operationally ineffective—and effectively sunk.
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Nothing speaks to victory as well as a burning shipyard!
Don’t start wars and this kind of thing won’t happen.
Crimea is becoming untenable for Ruzzia. It’s time for them to give up and leave or else face even more destruction inside Ruzzia itself. Lots of attacks in Ruzzia and Belarus last night. Train derailments in Belarus and all sorts of mayhem in Ruzzia.
Anything to distract from the complete failures along the battlefront.
Are you referring to the retreating Russians who got hit with Russian friendly fire?
Belarus is a good target. They sleep with dogs and wake up with fleas.
Are you implying Russia blew up their own drydock?
Or move the fleet to Sochi?
The Black Sea Fleet port of Sevastopol is central to Russian military doctrine. Russian ports have limited open ocean access due to weather conditions. Its military has no real alternative for its fleet other than Sevastopol. Putin is in an existential dilemma now. If Sevastopol becomes totally unusable for his military ships, what does he do now? To whom can he turn to repair and resupply his ships?
The USA should have a fairly nice pile of ADM-160 MALD’s being replaced by newer versions. Supposedly the Brits expressed interest back in 2009. Pretty safe bet these account for several of the intercepts Russia claimed.
Good to know.
Hope they killed and injured a lot of Russians too.
I am doubtful that this is a "red flag" incident. Intelligence agencies from multiple nations already know where the missiles were launched from and who likely launched them. And I doubt it was Russia. The question now is, how will Russia retaliate and against whom? Putin knows that Ukraine does not possess the advanced capability to produce the missiles that hit Sevastopol. So, does he retaliate against the supplier? And what form will that retaliation take?
Three months, 72,000 dead and what has Ukraine gained? A deserted village of 5000?
Russia’s campaign in Ukraine has been one big failure. When the leader of the country’s most effective fighting group has to be assassinated, you’re not winning.
The USA is the major naval power in the world.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has showed their ability to project power, outside of nuclear strikes, to be very limited.
“To whom can he turn to repair and resupply his ships?”
And more importantly, “what will they demand in exchange?”
Very perceptive question! Assistance to Russia will come at a brutal economic cost to Russia. Will Putin pay?
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