They will definitely need it IC......which not only the Russians ships which isn't counting the 51 vessels they captured from the Ukrainians.
In its invasion and annexation of Crimea, Russia has seized 51 vessels belonging to the Ukrainian navy, according to information compiled by Dmitry Tymchuk, director of the Center of Military and Political Research in Kyiv.
Among the Ukrainian vessels reportedly captured by the Russians are submarine Zaporizhia, management ship Slavutych, landing ship Konstantin Olshansky, landing ship Kirovohrad, minesweeper Chernihiv and minesweeper Cherkasy.
The Cherkasy was the last of the ships to have been overtaken following weeks of threats and ultimatums to surrender. It was finally chased down and overtaken by the Russian navy on March 25 after failing to slip past a blockade of two ships intentionally sunk by the Russians to trap it and other vessels in a narrow gulf, keeping them from escaping into the Black Sea.....snip~
In military rout, Russia seizes 51 Ukrainian ships in Crimea
The other 2 ships we sent, are out of the region.....as Putin and Russia complained to Turkey about them staying past the deadline for them.
Turkey rejects Russian claims over US ships in Black Sea.....
Turkey on Saturday dismissed as "out of the question" claims from Russia that it had allowed US warships to stay longer in the Black Sea than permitted under international law.
Russia has complained that US warships have remained in the Black Sea longer than the 21 days allowed by an international treaty, amid ongoing tensions between Moscow and the West.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that US vessels had "a couple of times" stayed longer than 21 days, contravening the 1936 Montreux Convention
But Ankara hit back, with the foreign ministry dismissing as "odd" Russia's insistence on the convention, which limits the stay of warships from countries that do not border the Black Sea.
Turkey, a NATO ally, has said it does not recognise the result of the referendum, voicing fears about the fate of the Turkish-speaking Tatar minority in Crimea, which was part of the Ottoman Empire until it was conquered by Russia in the late 18th century.....snip~
Turkey rejects Russian claims over US ships in Black Sea
Checked a little more and there are 3 French ships out there with USS Donald Cook and the Russians have noted that once a NATO warship has done its 21 days, it leaves and is replaced by one or more.
The French ships include "Dupuy de Lôme" and "Dupleix". They are joined by Alize soon.
“Given the fact that the deployment of the elements of US missile defence system in the inland territories of US European allies, including Romania, will take a long time, the Americans decided to increase the intensity of sending its guided-missile naval ships to the Black Sea,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“US naval ships have been rotating in the Black Sea area on a regular basis since February 2014. One US warship which leaves the Black Sea is replaced by another vessel or even several ships. It is quite possible that the same practice will be applied to Aegis ships,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
I wonder if Putin will try to envoke and enforce the old Soviet claims forbidding foreign warships from approaching Sevastapol?
Last edited by Cryptic; 04-13-14 at 10:22 AM.
They wont have enough.....and even if those ships can't stand up to modern forces. They can be used.....adding that much more air defense and to be used as diversions. The Russians by themselves are out numbering us 5 to 1.....if not more.
Russian Navy vessels are anchored at a navy base in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol
Russia Deploys 60 Ships near Ukraine.....
Russia has deployed 60 ships on the East border of Ukraine and in Crimea, Acting Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Ihor Tenykh said on Tuesday, March 11.
In addition to 60 ships, Russia has sent about 220,000 servicemen, 1800 tanks, 400 helicopters and 150 aircrafts in Crimea and on the Ukrainian East border, according to the Defence Minister’s statement.....snip~
Russia Deploys 60 Ships near Ukraine >> Naval Today
I've been out of service a long time so I couldn't guess at the Russian's capabilities now.
LOL, I spent 4 pages being chased by fallenangel in the Ukraine thread to provide video of 18 missing helicopters when all I needed was a Russian defence minister telling us they'd deployed 400?In addition to 60 ships, Russia has sent about 220,000 servicemen, 1800 tanks, 400 helicopters and 150 aircrafts in Crimea and on the Ukrainian East border, according to the Defence Minister’s statement.....snip~