The real excitement began in the British press in connection with the expected passage of the channel group of the Russian Navy. The lead group aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” and the cruiser “Peter the Great” and alarmed the British Ministry of defence, which is hardly found in its Navy active military units for the support of the Russian squadron.
Of the ship aircraft carrier group of the Navy of Russia can be reached from the English channel to the coast of Syria, the most in two weeks, reported “Interfax” the former commander of the Northern fleet, Admiral Vyacheslav Popov.
“Passage of such a large group along the Western shores, across the channel will be a demonstration of our capabilities, strength and flag”
“You can go at different speeds. If at full speed, from the English channel to the Eastern part of the Mediterranean sea can be reached in less than a week. If on an average, cost-effective, course, it will take up to two weeks,” – said Popov, a member of the Marine Board under the government.
Earlier, the Guardian newspaper suggested, with reference to the representative of UK Ministry of defence that the ship aircraft carrier group of the Navy of Russia led by the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” can pass through the channel late Thursday evening. According to the Ministry of defence of the United Kingdom, the movements of the group following the British destroyer “Duncan” and the frigate “Richmond”. Another destroyer – “dragon” – will have to wait for to the South of the UK reaching from the Mediterranean to the Russian Corvette “Green Vale” and “Serpukhov”, equipped with cruise missiles “Caliber-NK”, which needs to connect to the group “Admiral Kuznetsov”.
And the Daily Mail newspaper claimed that the defense Ministry will hold also a fighter. According to the newspaper, the Russian flotilla will conduct training shooting North of Scotland, before heading to the English channel. The Netherlands, in turn, also expressed readiness to send the missile frigate “Evertsen” towards the squadron.
Reconnaissance aircraft of Sweden approached the Russian flotilla Thursday morning, when she was near the South-West of Norway, showed data from Western sites, tracking movement of military aviation.
We will remind, on Saturday, the aircraft carrier group of the Northern fleet began the campaign in the Mediterranean sea. The group is the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Pyotr Veliky”, large anti-submarine ships “Severomorsk” and “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” and the ships security.
As reminds RIA “news”, a staff wing of the aircraft carrier consists of carrier-based aircraft su-33 and su-25 and Ka-27/Ка29. Currently, the ship passes the test of a new air group, composed of MiG-29K and helicopters Ka-52K. Previous forums sailors in the Network appeared the photo taken from shore at the time of sending a fleet of Severomorsk. On the deck of “Admiral Kuznetsov” are clearly visible four aircraft “MiG” and five “su”. However, how many fighters can be inside of the ship, in hangars is unknown.
The Navy of the countries – members of NATO plan to track the progress of the Russian troops, said on Thursday the representative of the Alliance. “They send all of the Northern fleet and most of the Baltic fleet is the largest deployment since the end of the cold war,” said an unnamed diplomat on the eve of NATO, is clearly exaggerating the scale of what is happening (see below).
“Admiral Kuznetsov” has already passed through the English channel two years ago – and then his appearance was completely unexpected for the British Admiralty. It turned out that in the area of the discovery of the vessel was not a combat unit and not a single marine patrol. The only destroyer, which the government was able to send “on interception”, was at that time in 1100 miles, in Portsmouth. In order to be ready for the fight and get to the right place, it took him 24 hours. However, on the website of the Royal Navy claimed that the destroyer returned to port, making sure that the Russians have quietly passed along the shore of the Kingdom.
Obviously, at this time, the British admirals had prepared for the arrival of a Russian aircraft carrier groups in advance, judging by the fact that the intercept is now ready to move already two ships – the type 23 frigate and one destroyer type 45.
In fact, the passage of the Russian group only exposed the problems of the once strongest in the world the British Navy. As writes “Telegraph”, the former Lord of the Admiralty Lord West noted that the Russians have the right to pass across the channel and that “an aging aircraft carrier is no longer able to operate at full capacity.” And at the same time acknowledged the obvious: “the fact that the British Navy has to look for a frigate and that we only have 19 escort ships of the surface forces, is our national shame.”
“All efficient force”
To say that Russia sent “all ships” of the Northern fleet, it is impossible, it is only the group of several ships, said the first Vice-President of Academy of geopolitical problems captain I rank of reserve Konstantin Sivkov. According to him, the aviation group, placed on the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, the nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great” will not only cover our bases in Syria, but also to participate in aerial combat. “Placed on the ships of the MiG-29 and su-33 unable to strike ground targets,” – said the expert newspaper VIEW.
Sivkov said naturally disturbing, even close to the hysterical reaction of the countries of Western Europe, particularly the UK. “This vereschanie clear to me. Not surprising, since by their shores is a group of Russian ships, and quite a powerful group,” – said Sivkov.
“Full carrier strike group usually consists of one aircraft carrier and four or five escort ships. Plus I’m sure the group will be submarines. This is a very impressive force, – said Sivkov. – Let me remind you that aviation group, indicated by the command, consists of 15 aircraft. Plus there are, in my estimation, is also two lookouts helicopter, 15-20 anti-submarine helicopters and two search and rescue helicopters. Only 20-22 of the car,” he said.
We will remind, the squadron began the campaign in the Mediterranean sea on Saturday, the official goal of the campaign – ensuring a naval presence in the operationally important areas of the oceans. It is expected that the campaign will last about 10 days. That “Admiral Kuznetsov” will sail to the shores of Syria, became known in mid-summer. As reported by the newspaper VIEW, a number of experts expressed concerns about the level of training in the Crimea, the young pilots of carrier-based aircraft, they were also Alexander Sannikov, representative of veterans ‘ organization of the Crimean garrison of Saki, where is the THREAD. In conversation with “the Military-industrial courier” Sannikov suggested that the lack of attention by the command to THREAD problems can lead to the fact that “Admiral Kuznetsov” will go on a long hike with a truncated wing structure.
The level of training of pilots do not doubt the Sivkova. “They held training flights in simulators NITKA in Crimea. I think we wouldn’t have sent untrained crews. However, preparations for a full pilot requires a minimum of three years of continuous flying, I believe, along with the young pilots, the crews were also experienced veterans,” – said the expert. Sivkov believes that Syria is likely to be involved in Shuttle operation mode, when the planes are like to fly from the deck, and based on a ground airfield.
“The demonstration of our capabilities, strength and flag”
Professor of the Academy of military Sciences Vadim Kozyulin reminds the route of our fleet through the English channel has long been known. “This was pre-announced, is also expected that Britain, at first, will accompany our ships, secondly, try in their press to inflate to incredible proportions Russian threat”, – the expert explained the newspaper VIEW.
Kozyulin believes that the appearance of the Russian squadron from the densely populated shores of the UK and France will produce a marked impression on Western society. “Passage of such a large group along the Western shores, across the channel will be a demonstration of our capabilities, strength and flag,” – said the expert. However, kozyulina, it is likely that such a large group of escort ships and submarines. “In this case, they will not go through the narrow English channel, and to round Britain from the Northern side and then will meet with our ships”, – the expert believes.
According kozyulina, a trip of such a large Navy for the first time in history – and they are extremely important, including training of personnel. “Now I see the revival of the Soviet experience long hikes, where we examine the coherence of the crew, the ability to coordinate their work on the destruction”, – he said.
On Thursday evening the arrival of a Russian flotilla commented on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The Alliance fears that the ships used for strikes on Aleppo in Syria, said the Secretary General after the meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. “Russia has the right to send its forces into international waters. But we are concerned that this carrier group can be used for strikes on Aleppo”, – quotes its TASS. “NATO ships will track the movement of this international group,” – said the Secretary General, noting that this in itself is a “common practice”.