The British Ministry of Defense said that the Russian submarine brigade in the Crimea peninsula has moved to another base in the face of the threat from Ukraine.
“Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Command will almost certainly redeploy its Kilo-class submarines from the port of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula to Novorossiysk in the southern Russian province of Krasnodar,” the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement. Report dated 20/9.
Kilo is the NATO designation for Russia’s Project 877 Paltus and Project 636 Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarines.
The British Ministry of Defense said the decision could be due to the changing security situation in the Crimea region because of “the recent increase in Ukraine’s long-range strike capability”. Over the past two months, the Black Sea Fleet headquarters and its main airbase have been attacked.
“Securing the Black Sea Fleet’s base in Crimea may have been one of the driving forces behind Russia’s annexation of the peninsula by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014. The security of the base is now directly affected by the military activity of the Russian Federation. Russia in Ukraine”, the British Ministry of Defense assessed.
Russia has not commented on the British Ministry of Defense report.
The situation in Crimea has recently become tense when Ukraine repeatedly vowed to regain the peninsula that Russia annexed from 2014. A series of explosions occurred at Russian military bases on the Crimean peninsula in August, including The explosion at Saki airport on August 9 damaged 10 Russian military aircraft.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) later announced that it had eliminated a “Islamic terrorist group” of six people in Crimea after a series of explosions on the peninsula. However, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny and MP Mykhailo Zabrodskyi on September 7 claimed that the country’s armed forces were behind a series of raids on a Russian base in Crimea.
Ukraine considers Crimea to be “occupied territory” and has vowed to take it back “by any means necessary”. The US-led NATO alliance also considers Crimea “illegally annexed” Ukrainian territory and demands Moscow return it to Kiev. A US official said in August that the country supported Ukraine’s attacks on targets in Crimea.
The 4th Independent Submarine Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet is operating 7 Kilo submarines, of which 6 are Project 636.3 and one Project 887V. Kilo submarines have a displacement of 2,350 tons when floating, 3,100 tons when submerged, can move at a maximum speed of 31 km / h when floating and 37 km / h when submerged and operate continuously for 45 days.
Kilo submarine variants are equipped with 6 533 mm torpedo tubes, carrying 18 torpedoes, 4 Kalibr cruise missiles, 24 torpedoes, and are also equipped with 8 9K34 Strela-3 or 9K310 anti-aircraft missiles. Igla.
Nguyen Tien (Theo Guardian)