Revival of the Mediterranean squadron

June 1, 2013, a historic event relating to the Navy and the geopolitics of the Russian Federation — the new ‘connection of the Russian Navy launched a combat service in the Mediterranean Seaon a permanent basisJune 6, this was publicly reported to the Commander in Chief during his visit to the Central Command Post of the Armed Forces (seevideoFrom 00:26:09).

The new connection inherits the rights and obligations of the 5th operational squadron of the Soviet Navy, a quarter-century to keep abreast of the most important in the military-political sense of the region (from 14 July 1967 until the formal dissolution of December 31, 1992 g). 

The commander of Captain 1st rank Yury Zemsky (flag on the BOD "Admiral Panteleev") until recently was the deputy chief of staff of the Black Sea Fleet (if it combines both of these positions or not — is unknown.) Composition of the compound, by itself, will change on a rotating basis, but his initial equipment of the 16 surface ships (for PL tactfully silent), no doubt, go down in history:

tactical group number 1 (ships and boats, the Pacific Fleet deployment — the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and the coast of Syria)

1) A large anti-submarine ship "Admiral Panteleev" (Project 1155, hull number 548);
2) large landing ship (BDK) "Relight" (project 775M s / n 077);
3) BDK "Admiral Nevel" (project 775, b / n 055);
4) the average sea tanker (CMT, on the scheme — STN) "Pechenga" (like "Dubna");
5) rescue tugboat (SBS) "Photios wing" (project R-5757);


tactical group number 2 (the ships and vessels of the Northern Fleet, the dislocation — the western part of the Mediterranean Sea, between Sicily and Tunisia) 

6) BOD "North" (project 1155, b / n 619);
7) CMT (in the scheme — STN) "Dubna" (like "Dubna");
8) SBS "Altai" (1452, etc.);

tactical group number 3 (the ships and vessels of the Baltic Fleet, dislocation — the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria)

9) patrol ship (SKR) far sea zone "Yaroslav the Wise" (Project 1154, b / n 727);
10) BDK "Kaliningrad" (project 775, b / n 102);
11) BDK "Alexander Shabalin" (project 775, b / n 110);
12) CMT "Lena" (Project 577);
13) SBS "SB-921" (Project 712) — 06.06.2013 was in Tartus; 

tactical group number 4 (Black Sea Fleet, on 06.06.2013 has been in the Black Sea)

14) BDK "Azov" (project 775M s / n 151);
15) BDK "Nicholas Phylchenkov" (project 1171 b / n 152); 

point of logistics (E & P) in the port of Tartus (Syria)

16) floating workshop "PM-138" (Project 304). 

As a result, we have 2 BOD, 1 TFR BDK 6, 3 CMT, 3 SBS and 1 PM, ie, 9 warships and support vessels 7. On the basis of the proportion of BDK (2/3 of warships), the main mission of the Mediterranean joining the first generation to be considered transporting military supplies for the needs of the legitimate government of the Syrian Arab Republic under the cover of naval flag of Russia. 

June 10th Tactical Group number 2 in full force left the Mediterranean Sea (source). "North" was replaced with the same type of BOD of the Northern Fleet, "Vice-Admiral Kulakov" (b / n 626), the Courts provide no information. 

Of course, to a full squadron still far away (in the 5th opesk contained up to 80 pennants), but a start. It should be added that very soon, in early July, the guided-missile cruiser "Moskva" — a nightmare Commander U.S. Sixth Fleet Vice Admiral Frank Craig Pendolfa, once again embarked on the task in the mezhflotskoy group in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean (source).


At the end of rapid emotional triumph over the incident is still a few minor issues on the topic: 

1) Why does the command of Captain 1st rank, not by Rear Admiral? (Options: 1st — J. Zemsky has already been submitted to the next rank, 2nd — he’s just a Temporary Acting Commander prior to the arrival of Admiral RRC "Moscow");

2) why demonstration screen (see above) it is said that arming the BOD "Admiral Panteleev" allows you to effectively deal with freeboard the enemy? (Options: 1st, unlikely — typo, 2nd — rocket-torpedoes PLRK "Bell" in case of emergency and you can shoot at surface targets, as his time permitted the firing of SAM "Wave" on the aircraft carrier, which is for tracking, the third — in some mysterious and secret way it was possible to place in a number of containers of anti-anti-ship missiles);

3) why, in his report the Supreme Chief of the General Staff reported three shipborne helicopters as part of the connection (see link), While there should be five — two for each of the two BOD and one on the TFR (variants: the 1st and only — clause).

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