Black Sea Fleet

Naval Visits – RFS MB-304 – 23-28.10.2012

On Thursday 25th October, 2012 the Russian Navy Sorum Class (Project 745) Ocean Going Tug MB-304 entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time berthing at Boiler Wharf. She was built at the Yaroslav Zavod Shipyard as yard no 409 in 1973 and commissioned 29th July 1977 and was assigned to the Black Sea Fleet. …

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Russia-Ukraine War – Missile Hits on Naval Vessels – 17.06.2022

On Friday 17th June, 2022 the Ukrainian Forces hit the Russian naval tugboat RFS SPASATEL VASILIY BEKH SB-739 with two Harpoon missiles in the Black Sea the first time it has claimed to have struck a Russian vessel with Western supplied Harpoon Missiles.   The naval tug was transporting ammunition, weapons and personnel from the Black …

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Russia-Ukraine War – RFS MOSKVA 121 sank – 14.04.2022

The Russian Navy Slava Class or Project 1164 Atlant Guided Missile cruiser RFS MOSKVA 121 that was damaged in an explosion last Wednesday 13th April sank while she was being towed to a safe port on Thursday 14th April, 2022. TASS reported “The cruiser “Moskva” sank while being towed in a storm – Russian Defense …

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Russia-Ukraine War – RFS MOSKVA 121 damaged – 12.04.2022

On Tuesday 12th April, 2022 the Russian Navy Black Sea Flagship RFS MOSKVA 121 has suffered major damage with around 500 complement abandoning the ship, state media said late Tuesday in reports following Ukrainian claims of hitting the ship with a missile strike. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the mishap of the cruiser according to …

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Ukraine Crisis – Russian Navy building up around Ukraine – 21.02.2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow does not want a war in Europe amid rising tensions over Ukraine but demanded that the issue of Kyiv’s relationship with NATO be resolved in its entirety immediately. Speaking at a joint news conference on Tuesday 15th February, 2022 after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin said Russia had …

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Demolitioned Naval Vessel – RFS KERCH 753 – April 2020

On 15th February 2020 after 45 years of service the Kara Class missile cruiser RFS KERCH 753 was decommissioned. She was laid down in the Soviet Union on 30th April 1971, launched on 21st July 1972 and was commissioned in the Soviet Black Sea Fleet on 25th December 1974. The ship was built at the 61 …

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Naval News – RFS KERCH 713 decommissioned – 15.02.2020

After 45 years of service, the Kara Class Cruiser RFS KERCH 713 was decommissioned. She was the last cruiser of her class – Type 1134B Project. RFS KERCH was laid down in the Soviet Union on the 30th April 1971, launched on the 21st July 1972 and was commissioned in the Soviet Black Sea Fleet …

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