Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | January 12, 2014

Weird Russian navy: Buzzing the Brits

This has never happened before.  A Russian aircraft carrier task force is on the way from the Northern Fleet (on the Barents Sea) to the Mediterranean, and has already been involved in some unprecedented events.

The first occurred in late December, when the carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (and apparently other ships in the task force) took refuge in Scotland’s Firth of Moray during a bout of inclement weather.  Locals had reported on this unplanned development back on 22 December, as well as on the dispatch of a Royal Navy warship to “escort” the Russian ships while they were in or close to UK waters.

According to RIA Novosti, the UK Ministry of Defense acknowledged on Friday that the weather-related incursion had, indeed, taken place.  The Royal Navy ship sent to monitor the Russians was HMS Defender (D-36, a Type 45 destroyer and one of the most modern ships in the UK fleet, with capabilities similar to a U.S. Aegis destroyer).

RIA Novosti also reported that the Kuznetsov transited the English Channel as it headed for the Mediterranean, and that its air wing conducted flight operations in the vicinity of the British Isles.  Although the Russian navy has participated in NATO exercises over the past 10 years,

See the rest On the QT…



  1. The L. U. article seems to be cut off before it ends- is my computer missing something?

    • BR — thanks, I have corrected that at LU. Long story, but we had some glitches in the roll-out of the new site that caused our Tech Guy to have to go in and edit the first few Quick Takes. That resulted in the deletion of the final word and the ending period of this particular QT post.

      So, again, thanks for letting me know. 🙂

      P.S. No health-insurance policyholders were harmed in this process.

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