Russia Says Navy Ready to Thwart Any Threat
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(RIA Novosti) — Russia’s Navy remains a strong force capable
of repelling any attack by a potential aggressor,
a Navy spokesman said.
"The Navy remains a serious deterrent prepared to thwart
any threat to Russia’s national security, and if necessary provide
an adequate response to any act of aggression," Capt. 1st
Rank Igor Dygalo said.
announced on Tuesday it will send a naval task group, comprising
nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy (Peter
the Great) and support ships, for a sortie in the Atlantic Ocean,
and to participate in joint naval drills with the Venezuelan
navy in November.
Washington immediately responded by mocking the Russian move,
which is widely considered a response to NATO’s increased naval
presence in the Black Sea following a brief military conflict
between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia. (Russian Navy
modernized – Image gallery)
U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack
jokingly said that if Russia really intended to send ships
to the Caribbean, "then
they found a few ships that can make it that far."
Commenting on this statement, Dygalo said: "Do
not forget that the Russian Navy has nuclear submarines and
capable of conducting training and combat missions anywhere in
For instance, the Pyotr Velikiy is a Kirov (Orlan) class nuclear-powered
guided missile heavy cruiser, which has a practically unlimited
operational range and carries 20 SS-N-19 Shipwreck surface-to-surface
missiles with either nuclear or high-explosive warheads and about
500 surface-to-air missiles of different types, supplemented
by a large number of other weaponry.
"The return of the Russian Navy to global oceans is an
accomplished fact, whether you accept it or not," the official
Russia announced last year that its Navy had resumed, and would
build up, its constant presence in different regions of the world’s
A naval task force from Russia’s Northern Fleet, consisting
of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Udaloy-Class destroyers
Admiral Levchenko and Admiral Chabanenko, as well as auxiliary
vessels, conducted from December 2007 to February 2008 a two-month
tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea and North Atlantic.
The Navy spokesman stressed that Russia has no intention of
‘brandishing a stick’ and threatening other nations.
"The main goal of the Russian Navy is to ensure the national
security of the country; those who attempt to find any secret
agenda in the upcoming joint naval exercises between Russia and
Venezuela are mistaken," Dygalo said.
"During the drills, ships and naval aircraft will practice
coordinated maneuvering, search-and-rescue, and communications," he
said, adding that cooperation between foreign navies is normal
The Russian Navy retained the vast majority of the former Soviet
naval forces, and currently comprises the Northern Fleet, the
Pacific Fleet, the Black Sea Fleet, the Baltic Fleet, the Caspian
Flotilla, Naval Aviation, Naval Infantry (marines) and coastal
The collapse of the Soviet Union led to a severe decline in
the Russian Navy, but the recent rearmament program until 2015
put, for the first time in Soviet and Russian history, the development
of the navy on an equal footing with strategic nuclear forces.
Out of 4.9 trillion rubles ($192.16 billion) allocated for military
rearmament, 25% will go into building new ships.
Russia’s Navy commander, Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky, said in July
that the Navy command had decided to form in the future five
or six aircraft carrier task forces to be deployed with the Northern
and Pacific fleets.
At present, Russia has only one operational aircraft carrier,
the Nikolai Kuznetsov, which was commissioned in the early 1990s
and has recently re-entered service after a prolonged overhaul.