The command of the 6th fleet of the USA Vice-Admiral James Foggo said the lack of serious activity of the Russian Navy and videoconferencing in the Baltic sea during exercises of NATO forces, joined by Sweden and Finland. And NATO has its own version about what “calm down” Russia. The fact that this version is incorrect, only one of bad news for NATO.
In the last year, according to Foggo, Russia actively interfered with the exercise BALTOPS its warships. And I had to stop. Admiral also mentioned textbook the April incident with the USS Donald cook on the Baltic sea, when a Russian bomber flew over him at low altitude, sowing panic and chaos, the consequences of which still affect all of the 6th fleet.
“After the transformation of Kaliningrad and Crimea in such “coastal fortress” Eastern Baltic and a large part of the Black sea practically closed for the access of NATO forces”
In the words of British rear Admiral Patrick MacAlpine, who served in the Royal Navy for 34 years and loves to remind me, “in my entire service I have not seen more exercises, during which Russian would not be watching us.” While Macalpin specifically said that before the exercises of the Russian Navy within ten days conducted a special exercise in the Kaliningrad area. And this is an important detail.
The Admiral Foggo is the original explanation of this passivity of the Russian Navy and aviation. During a press conference on Board his flagship, the headquarters landing ship “mount Whitney”, he said that Moscow has refused from “tactical response” and moved on to strategic responses. As an example, was named the negotiations in Moscow of the foreign Ministers of Russia and Finland, which coincided with the beginning of the NATO exercises in the Peninsula of Hanko. On the other hand, the Russian army responded the next surprise inspection in Brussels, which is linked to the exercise “Anakonda-2016 in Poland and the Baltic States. About this a sudden check was informed the military attaches of the embassies of the countries concerned, is very pleased that Admiral Foggo. He praised the actions of the Russian side, calling them “a step towards openness”. Diplomatic measures are always more effective than a show of force,” said commander strike naval group at a press conference dedicated to the exercises with the development of offensive operations and amphibious assault. And he was applauded.
But one of the most notable points in the statement by the commander was the explanation that is direct and not a strategic reason why the Russian side decided not to irritate NATO sailors. It turns out that a senior Advisor to the Admiral Foggo rear Admiral Catal O’connor last week flew to Moscow to discuss the security exercises. And now Foggo says that this mission and its attendant negotiations allowed the “tension” around the NATO exercises in the Baltic sea.
Under the sunset careers of many American admirals and generals wakes penchant for diplomacy. And some time in the sphere of international relations massively stretched and colonels of Marines with shaven heads. So to miss such a convenient way to advertise their achievements Admiral Foggo could not. But if the commander of the 6th fleet of the USA and has some opportunities for regional diplomacy (for example, he may yell at any Estonian Colonel, if not to destroy his life), then determine the strategy and tactics of the Russian Baltic fleet through negotiations, he just can not. Most likely, Admiral, for obvious reasons, somewhat exaggerated powers and, as a consequence, the result of “mission O’connor”. NATO and the USA and so were obliged through the naval attaché to notify the Russian side about the plan, the nature of doctrines and their implementation. During this routine, a Protocol of communication was apparently discussed security issues. But NATO sailors, certainly no one gave.
Such teachings, of course, there is always something to see. There are lots of details that can be useful for General education. For example, codes that NATO members share “nenaturale” – the Finns and the Swedes. Interest in military exercises have always existed – and will exist in the future. Another thing that could be gleaned from a rather strange organization and nature of the tasks of NATO exercises in the Baltic States.
Special attention deserves the development of the naval forces of NATO counter what in Brussels is called operations Anti-Access/Area-Denial, and thus create a “fortress A2/AD”. Speaking a shared language, NATO is concerned about the deployment in the Kaliningrad region and in the Crimea coastal radars, anti-ship missile systems, new submarines, and mines With Admiral Foggo for some reason called it all, including submarines, “the elements of hybrid war”, but the youthful Admiral, which requires subordinates to be called Jamie, is forgivable.
After transformation of Kaliningrad and Crimea in such “coastal fortress” Eastern Baltic and a large part of the Black sea practically closed for the access of NATO forces, lost to Western navies. In such conditions it is possible to conduct annually a dozen such exercises, involving at least the Finns, the Swedes, even though combat seals – all testing attempts landing will be Sisyphean toil, like ancient naval form of mockery of the rookies to make to sharpen an anchor. No one amphibious ship to shore will not even come close.
To fight with the Russian “coastal fortresses” gradually connect all the available tools for processing public opinion and satellites. Now on the track team was Romania, which suddenly interested in “the danger of coastal fortresses of Russia” for the world of navigation, freedom of movement, and even the environment of the Black sea. The following at the start – the poles, which concern the problems of commercial navigation in the international waters of the Baltic sea. And it was the American Vice-Admiral Jamie Foggo on a couple of British rear Admiral Patrick “paddy” MacAlpine explained to a concerned public that the NATO fleet is obliged to ensure freedom of commercial navigation in the Baltic sea and the Black sea and to disavow anyone’s attempts to restrict access to these regions”.
But how exactly is a “disavow”, NATO is not yet invented. While the Alliance went in a symmetric way, to mimic the mass production of mines at the Kaliningrad oblast, which was conceived to stop Russian submarines. To do this, from the US to the UK arrived three strategic bomber B-52 carrying nuclear weapons that worked exactly this problem. And that, above all else, training coordination Strategic command and Navy in the conditions of the pools (i.e. the Baltic sea). And if the involvement of the armies of the puppet countries like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for them to specially invented exercises – just an attempt to calm their excited minds, the commissioning of the strategic bombers really shows how the US and NATO attended to the loss of a fishing area.
If in Brussels and the Pentagon seriously believe in the “Russian threat to Baltic States”, can not help but realize that the possibilities of amphibious assault from the Baltic they have no more. Not even a chance to deploy naval forces. Accordingly, there is no need to closely monitor these artistic productions Kohtla-arskogo theatre for young audiences. Certainly there is no reason to interfere with them and to irritate those who are prone to tantrums. That is to look after them, of course, necessary, but two reconnaissance ships, which are the watchful eye of the sea wolf saw personally Admiral Foggo, and a pair of three “fishermen”, which he did not notice, is sufficient.Related posts: