Russia Launches Surprise Large-Scale, 36 Warship Military Exercise In The Black Sea

Tyler Durden's picture

Many were wondering what Russia's response to Germany's deposit confiscation drill in Cyprus would be. The confusion was moderated somewhat after it was uncovered that the very Russians who were supposed to be punished, have been able to withdraw some or most of their Cyprus-based cash either before the Cyprus D(eposit Confiscation)-Day or during the capital controlled blackout using various disclosed loopholes. Yet that doesn't mean that Putin would avoid this opportunity to give the "developed world" and his closest neighbors a quick lesson in realpolitik. After all, who better than a former KGB agent understands that one should never let a crisis go to waste. Sure enough, today at 4 am, in a very surprising move, Puitin ordered the launch of large-scale Russian military exercises in the Black Sea region in a move which according to Reuters "may create tensions with Russia's post-Soviet neighbors Ukraine and Georgia." Of course, it may create tensions with our island nations reachable by the Russian naval fleet, such as Cyprus, which would naturally mean tensions with the same European (read German) forces who structured the entire Cypriot bail in.

From Reuters:

Putin issued the order to start the previously unannounced maneuvers at 4 a.m. Moscow time (12.00 a.m. EDT) as he flew back from an international summit in South Africa, his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters by telephone.


"These are large-scale unannounced test exercises," Peskov said, adding that 36 warships and an unspecified number of warplanes would take part. "The main goal is to check the readiness and cohesion of the various units."


He did not say how long the exercises would last.


Putin has stressed the importance of a strong and agile military since he returned to the presidency last May after four years as prime minister. In 13 years in power, he has often cited external threats when talking of the need for unity in Russia.


Russia's Black Sea fleet, whose main base is in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol, was instrumental in a war with Georgia in 2008 over the Russian-backed breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.


Disputes with Kiev over Moscow's continued lease of the Black Sea navy base have been a thorn in relations with its former Soviet neighbor.


Peskov said that Russia is under no obligation to warn neighbors ahead of time of plans to hold the air and sea military exercises as long as fewer than 7,000 servicemen participated in the maneuvers.

And while the proposed explanation may be valid, something tells us that in this specific case it was not the Ukraine or Georgia that were being contemplated, but the island nations in the Mediterranean, or rather nation, especially the one located in close proximity to Syria.

Keep a close eye on if and when news hits that some 36 Russian warships quietly passed through the Bosphorus in direction Nicosia. Perhaps if Cyprus was so quick to hand over its Russian economic interest, all that would be needed to make it flip on its dedication to the Eurozone would be a brief but insistent naval semi-blockade. After all, few things are quite as persuasive as 36 warships sitting idly by doing not much of anything.

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yrbmegr's picture

Another storm gathering in Europe with Germany at its center.

kaiserhoff's picture

Who knew, that the Ruskies had 36 ships, that could avoid running aground or into each other with their WWII, analog navigation..., or maybe someone has a

<7,000 total servicemen..., as opposed to 5,000 on one US Carrier - more if things are...agitated.

Try not to compare museum pieces with modern warfare, but it would impress the locals.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Haven't been to Russia in a while have you?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Wake me when the Russians reclassify the Cypriots as terrorists.  Nothing happens anymore until the lawyers say so.  This is how you rattle a sabre in 2013...

The United States might be poised to ramp up its presence in Mali in the coming weeks following news Thursday that it has classified one of the militant groups fighting there as terrorists.

McMolotov's picture

I like how the government can suddenly "classify" something and then it either becomes good or bad, kind of like how ketchup miraculously became a vegetable.

McMolotov's picture

The constant seasonal adjustments and BLS revisions are the equivalent of saying the chocolate ration has been increased from 25 to 20 grams.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Chocolate ration is increase by decrease in rate of decrease. Cypriot bank customer is now to enjoy 40% increase of deposit because is not to lose 100% of deposit! Joyous rapture!


Russian is response to European Central Banking financial exercise with military exercise. This is must to end well.

Anusocracy's picture

Name, shame, and blame.

That's how the USgov works.

DaveyJones's picture

it becomes "good" or "bad" or "dead" - based on one man's decision.

Just what the founders wanted

AlaricBalth's picture

All your gold are belong to us (so we can ship it to Germany).


kchrisc's picture

Eeny, meeny, miny, terrorist. You're a terrorist, they're a terrorist, now we're all terrorists.

They should just label everyone terrorists and then release the short list of who they consider as not a terrorist. Would be easier and use less paper.              hujel

Totentänzerlied's picture

Just taking a cue from the Russian (Soviet) playbook. Because it's all handled very legally, you just designate someone a "wrecker", "Trotskyite", "Bundist", "reactionary", "White Guard", or if nothing else will do, "enemy of the people" or "socially dangerous element", and voila, Article 58 that poor son of a bitch. Where do you think the Nazis learned their tricks? The labels may have changed but the game has not.

kchrisc's picture

Here they just Article-NDAA him and then drone him. Never mind the 15 neighbors killed in the strike.


kaiserhoff's picture

No, I haven't, but I don't think the Sixth Fleet would have anything other than target practice.

Go Tribe's picture

'cept when China plays its hand.

Hussein v. Putin and you're putting money on Hussein?

Urban Redneck's picture

The US would be the targets.  US doctrine (and MIC pricetags) doesn't allow for the sacrifice of US capital ships, and the Russians are the one military in the world with comparable ATGM/SAM/TBM capabiities.  So it would be an ugly slug fest if it ever got started.  

The Russians also also have the capability to render useless a lot of the expensive guidance and control systems that the US loves to employ when doing battle with the evil bearded goat fuckers.  

The big unkown is what happens when contemporary Russian doctrine meets the road - do they ressurect Zhukov and a willingnes to sacrifice for victory that US hasn't seen, much less had to deliver, in 150 years, or have they turned into a bunch wanker-Montgomery's since they adopted that pre-emptive nuclear BS (which I rightly blame "pre-emptive war" Bushy for)... 

DoneThis2Long's picture

The Russians also also have the capability to render useless a lot of the expensive guidance and control systems that the US loves to employ when doing battle with the evil bearded goat fuckers

The biatch of it being, we hardly make any of the stuff here. We'd have to ask our "pardners" if they could spare some electronics we so generously gave to them .... ugh, besides the ones they stole.

We are so fucked even bare footed illegals are thumbing their noses at us!

Having the shit is one thing, using it wisely is another. I am not dissing the military !!!!! Just the fuckers in Wash DC who like to fuck off.

Look at the french in Mali .... (and I am not a franco lover ... but fair is fair) .... in ~ a month they got a 'lead goat' while using a 'few good men'. We have to fuck around and make sure every company with a military contract makes a few bucks for a year or two to accomplish the same. Those thieves.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Since we were able to beat a bunch of peasants in Vietnam as well as lightly armed goatherders in Afghanastan, it follows that we can defeat Russia, China, North Korea and Iran - simultaneously if we have to.  You've heard of the paper tiger? How about a vapor tiger?

DoneThis2Long's picture

The ruskies give a fuck less about human rights, or military discipline, or any other laws. They fight to win. Look what they did in Georgia .... sent a bunch of thugs. Afew short weeks of shit we'd send our boys to court for, they were done. FUCK THE WORLD !!!

WTF are we still doing in Iraq? Nation REbuilding ...? What a chock of caca. 6 months later should have made a U-turn and left the keys at the border. Got Oil, sell the shit and do what the fuck ever. C'ya ....Love Uncle Sam. THE END !!!


Solarman's picture

LOL, like in Afghanistan, and they are still dicking around in Chenya and Dagestan.  I also beleive Georgia is still independent.


Do you think Obama wouldn't pull the trigger if he thought sacrificing our Navy over his indecision, would cost him the mid terms, think again.  This dude is ruthless in the pursuit of personal power.


As a retired Marine Officer, I am pretty comfortable matching up against the Russian Navy.  Israel shut down Russia's most sophisticated SAM system remotely, spoofed it.  Who do you think they collaborate with?


Remember the Aurora project is yet to be revealed.  That is a stand off hypersonic, stealth missle carrier.


I kinda want a bit of an incident so we can show the next set of cards, too much status quo going on.

angel_of_joy's picture

That's BS cubed.

Russia controls Georgia, so it has no need to occupy it (ever heard of Abkhazia) ?

Things in Osetia, Chechnya and Dagestan are really quiet (compared to Eltsin times). The FSB is in charge there...

I was in diapers when I first heard of Aurora project (and I'm not so young anymore, unfortunately). This shit is getting old.

Otherwise, all is good (and US carriers are sitting ducks for what passes as modern hardware nowadays) ! Sleep well...

Maxter's picture

The russians have an Aurora equivalent.  It is called the "Ajax".

rich_wicks's picture

Israel shut down Russia's most sophisticated SAM system remotely, spoofed it.

Russia is the sole supplier of oil to Israel.  If Russia wants to shut down Israel, they can do it in less than 3 days, by simply stopping delivery, because Israel only has a 3 day supply.

Apolitical Blues's picture

Russia is far from being the 'sole supplier' of oil to Israel. Caspian Sea oil is a major source but, south American nations and Egypt provide quite a lot. Also, Israel is believed to have the worlds second largest shale oil deposit. I say, let them have the shale oil, it's crap!


DaveyJones's picture

their water deposits are a whole other story

DoneThis2Long's picture

LOL, like in Afghanistan

how do you measure the "suckcess" there? By acreage of poppies our boys protect? By how many more tens of billions Obumer tanks this country by using that excuse? Those guys have survived long before us, and will, long after us. They are among a few left in the world who can live just dandy "off the grid".

In Afghanistan, we should have maintained the initial approach: our CIA operatives working with the Northern Alliance, and aidding those who wanted to rid A of the Talibs!!!!!!!! Now that was a win-win deal.

Do you think things will remain as we leave them? HA HA HA .... yeah right. On the other hand, they will be more democratic than us (!!!!) based on the path we are on!!!!!


"they are still dicking around in Chenya and Dagestan."

They are not pushing it, but bet your ass, one or two more explossions cause by them, and Vlad will bitch slap them. He gives a shit less of what "public opinion" is.


"Do you think Obama wouldn't pull the trigger if he thought sacrificing our Navy over his indecision, would cost him the mid terms, think again.  This dude is ruthless in the pursuit of personal power."

Obama could not give a rat's ass about his own grandmother who raised the bastard, or his half brother. It is a matter of time before he WILL fuck us all. Only idiots have failed to see his intentions. He is about as legitimate as a $3 bill !!!

He failed to keep virtuany every promisse he has made .... destroying this country notwithstanding!!!. He loves this nation about as much as "the other Hussein" ... the one we found in a foxhole!!! Both equally brave too!!!


"As a retired Marine Officer"

A sincere: thanks for serving !!!! <tips hat>


"I am pretty comfortable matching up against the Russian Navy."

I tried to make it clear: it is not a matter of our forces abilities but the leadership's willingness to just give you the goal/objective then just piss off and let you do your thing. No holds barred !!!!

After WW2, the civilian side fucked up all the military side did, and handicapped our own. While we were getting sucker punched, the liberals here insisted in "fair fight" ....

We spent trillions on a military, but turning it into a killer cat which is being declawed.


"Israel shut down Russia's most sophisticated SAM system remotely, spoofed it.  Who do you think they collaborate with"

I suspect it is the other way. Israel took the Patriots and improved them. We managed to cause a great brain-drain due to our idiotic policies of the past 30 years. Many immigrants have left for greener pastures since Clinton begun the destruction of this nation. Under Obummer, we lost more wealthy and brainy that at any other time. Why do you think??? Me thinks it is the deliberate destruction of this nation. The disarming is the final phase !!!!! You know it as well as I do !!!!


"I kinda want a bit of an incident so we can show the next set of cards, too much status quo going on"

I fear, that, will be right here, against us, Americans, not a foreign power. Why are all the patriots being pushed out, being replaced by those willing to kiss the ring, and NOT uphold the Constitution, the destroying of which is the final goal, and has been for a while. I fear, that great wise US Constitution as we know it, is in its last days. Perhaps the new one has already been printed!!!!!!

Anyways, nobody will be reading this anyways so why in hell am I writing it ?!?!

I think we agree on more than disagree on.



kaiserhoff's picture

Bamy spent a long time over there, doing what?

Treasury has been way too quiet lately, as well.  What's up with Lew?

Timmy used to pee his pants twice a week, so we knew he was only doing his own laundry.

DoneThis2Long's picture

Planted a tree man!!! It took some hard labor with that shovel. ...... Now the tree is charcoal most likely. Photo-op and a few more millions to the debt load.

I did not look to see how many billions we promissed Jordan - at least they are decent (for now) .... Time to fuck them over too. They've been too loyal.

simon.dc3's picture

heheh, LoP, some just don't understand that FSU is the #2 energy producer on the planet. And Energy = Power.

Another good query is: How much did the Assad family lose in this squeezing of Cypriot bank accts?
With FSU doing this impromptu exercise, methinks this is something worth wondering.

Ahmeexnal's picture

"modern warfare"
Like the 2 Gestapo helicopters that collided during riot control drills over Berlin?

Belrev's picture

How is that war in Iraq and Afghanistan against AK wielding ragtags going for ya Jonny?

And don't forget that rusty fence on the Mexican border, pal.

tenpanhandle's picture

Hey now!!  That reached the point of excessive cruelty.  With that said, I am wondering what the picture is.  Looks like a fishing village - even the boats.

tarsubil's picture

The world is Baltimore and Putin is just a guy with a shotty. Yeah, I think Putin can mess with the game plenty.

Rustysilver's picture

Wehrmacht had heavy modern panzer around Stalingrad: how did that work out for them against old Soviet tanks?

agent default's picture

The T34 was not an old tank in WWII.  It was in fact the best in the field.


It was the best mass produced vehicle.  the Germans had superior technology but as they were prone to do, they over engineered the Tiger tanks. The T34 outnumbered the Germans around 8 or 10 to 1.   same with the ME262. produced late and used as an offensive fighter bomber. Had it been intrioduced a year earlier and as a bomber interceptor it would have recked havoc with the Allies bombers. 

agent default's picture

Ease of mass production is a vital aspect of any weapon system. A point lost in today's Nintendo generation war planners. 

optimator's picture

Also the best all-round design.  Nice running gear too.  Simple to repair.  It took a 37 mm wolfram from the rear, or an 88 to stop it. 

Mitzibitzi's picture

And just as importantly; it was cheap!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

More important, life of average Russian is cheap! Shoot in back if is must.

cynicalskeptic's picture

The Russian beat the Germans though sheer attrition and would've won eventually even if Britain had faded and the US stayed out.  Most German casualties were cause dby Russians.   And as good as the Tiger and Panther were there wer never enough and they had reliability issues.  T-34's kicked butt - and were FAR superior to anything the US or 'western allies' came up with.  The Sherman was a coffin - you needed a dozen to take out a PzIV.    Luckily the US outproduced the Germans 20 to 1.  

The Russians are pragmatic - their tanks may not be high tech but are easy to build and maintain. Some of their jets had welded steel skins.  But they are far more cost effective than vastly overpriced and complex US weapons.  Their weappons survive a huge amount of abuse - the AK47 vs M16 for example.  They also designed logistics to be idiot proof - no confusing similar caliber shells.  We had US Marines refusing to embark for an early pacific invasion until issued the RIGHT .30 cal ammunition.  

Hi-tech can do a lot but look at the last decade.  Old artillery shells and home brewed explosives in IED's are still causing problems for the US.....  If we ever try to take Iran on full out, we may find out that low tech cruise millses and such are more than enough to cause serious US losses.  

DoneThis2Long's picture

Wha'chu talking about? We used to be respected and feared world wide. Not no mo' !!! Today even a mexican woman hops the fence while people are watching .....

It sure got us ... just nowhere good .... got us to be a laughing stalk, but we got there and marching us further on down!!!! We'll show them what a REAL Banana Republic is like!!!!

Soon WE'll be jumping fences into mexico!!!

Winston Churchill's picture

Carriers have a name among naval captains.TARGETS.

You may not be impressed with the Russian navy , but

you will be devastated with their missiles.

Agstacker's picture

I haven't watched 'The Hunt for Red October' in awhile...

One Ton Lady's picture

Russia appears to be attempting to become the new 21th century Golem. Afterall , the jewish owned military industrial complex , has to have new enemies in order to make money and get the goy nations of the world to kill each other and destroy each other and it has been this way since the days of Napoleon and beyond.  The culling of the white western European peoples and its cultures are continuing unabated and the dumb stupid sheep go along with the program, never once stopping to ask why.  On this Easter, let us remember the Reason for the Season and give thanks for His Perfect Gift.