by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) May 06, 2014
Russia plans to reinforce its Black Sea Fleet based in Crimea, which it annexed from Ukraine in March, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.
"This year, the Black Sea fleet will receive (new) submarines and new-generation ships," Shoigu said in televised comments, without giving details of numbers.
New air defence units will also be opened at the fleet's bases, the minister said.
Russia's only warm-water fleet, providing it with access to the Mediterranean, and to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans beyond, is based at the Crimean port of Sevastopol.
Russia seized the port along with the rest of the peninsula in response to the fall in Kiev of a pro-Kremlin regime.
Shoigu said Russia has allocated a total of 86.7 billion rubles ($2.4 billion, 1.8 billion euros) to modernise the fleet up to 2020.
Russian media has reported that President Vladimir Putin will attend celebrations marking the anniversary of victory in World War II in Sevastopol on May 9, although this has not been confirmed by the Kremlin.
The Sevastopol celebrations will include a flypast of 70 planes, symbolising 70 years since Sevastopol was liberated from Nazi occupiers, Shoigu said.
Naval Warfare in the 21st Century
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|