Russian Pacific Fleet Warships Enter Mediterranean For First Time In Decades, To Park In Cyprus

Tyler Durden's picture

Earlier we reported that the US has now officially landed a Marine force in Israel as well as an assault ship, in a visit that the US Navy promptly assured "is not associated with, nor a reaction to, any world events." It seems we were not the only ones who read this justification somewhat skeptically: so did Russia. And in a historic event, the Russian Pacific fleet, for the first time in decades, crossed the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean, direction Cyprus' port of Limasol (hi Cyprus - Russia will be arriving shortly) in what is now the loudest implied warning to the US and Israel amassing military units across Syria's border that Russia will not stand idly by as Syria is used by the Israeli "Defense" Forces for target practice. “The task force has successfully passed through the Suez Channel and entered the Mediterranean. It is the first time in decades that Pacific Fleet warships enter this region,” Capt. First Rank Roman Martov said. This is what is also known as dropping hints, loud and clear.

The group, including the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, the amphibious warfare ships Peresvet and Admiral Nevelskoi, the tanker Pechenga and the salvage/rescue tug Fotiy Krylov left the port of Vladivostok on March 19 to join Russia’s Mediterranean task force.

Admiral Panteleyev destroyer

Admiral Nevelskoi

The task force currently includes the large anti-submarine ship Severomorsk, the frigate Yaroslav Mudry, the salvage/rescue tugs Altai and SB-921 and the tanker Lena from the Northern and Baltic Fleets, as well as the Ropucha-II Class landing ship Azov from the Black Sea Fleet. The task force may be enlarged to include nuclear submarines, Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov said last Sunday.

Shore leave for a whole lot of submarines just a few hundred kilometers from Syria? Surely. From Rian.

The task force has successfully passed through the Suez Channel and entered the Mediterranean. It is the first time in decades that Pacific Fleet warships enter this region,” Capt. First Rank Roman Martov said.


The Defense Ministry said in April Russia has begun setting up a naval task force in the Mediterranean, sending several warships from the Pacific Fleet to the region. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in March a permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean was needed to defend Russia’s interests in the region.


A senior Defense Ministry official said the Mediterranean task force's command and control agencies will be based either in Novorossiysk, Russia, or in Sevastopol, Ukraine.


Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, head of the parliamentary defense committee, previously told RIA Novosti that the Mediterranean task force should be comprised of 10 warships and support vessels as part of several tactical groups tasked with attack, antisubmarine warfare and minesweeping.


The Soviet Union maintained its 5th Mediterranean Squadron from 1967 until 1992. It was formed to counter the US Navy's 6th Fleet during the Cold War, and consisted of 30-50 warships and auxiliary vessels.

It appears that the squadron is being reincarnated and quite rapidly at that.

It also appears that the two key naval forces in the Mediterranean are finally starting to position themselves for what may soon be a face off.

Hopefully Europe's "anti-manipulation" task force can spook enough majors to push the price of Brent much lower before the moment such an escalation becomes reality.

P.S. Got oil?

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SheepDog-One's picture

At least we got global thermonuclear war goin for us! 

Pladizow's picture

Capt. First Rank Roman Martov said. "This is what is also known as dropping hints, loud and clear."

The words "dropping" and "loud", also help to paint a "clear" picture!

The first joint Chinese/Russian naval opperation will be awesome!

pan-the-ist's picture

I think it's funny how tiny, old, and junky the Russian Navy is.  That being said, the just need to put themselves in the mix.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

What are the odds that global trade through the Suez tapers due to the Panama Canal widening, and Asia/Europe trade rerouted thusly, and Russia is thus suing to push its presence out to fuckin Rock of Gibraltar?

Pladizow's picture

To: pan-the-ist

Will your home look any different if a nuke that drops on it comes from a dingy?

Citxmech's picture

Exactly.  They're there to interdict Israel.  A ship is nothing more than a seaborne platform for anti-ship/aircraft missiles these days anyway.  What really matters is that they carry the Russian flag.  Israel isn't going to move on a Russian ship.

Doña K's picture

The reason they are there is two fold. Collect all the PM's and cash taken out from the Cypriot banks.

What? Are they going to go through customs? who is gonna stop them?

Besides Cyprus needs the money. They will supply them with one years worth of food, all the female "enjo kosai" and everyone will be happy.

The other reason is just a show as both the US and Russia have already drawn the plans.

Don't forget, nothing is what it seems

Spirit Of Truth's picture

Russia's chiming in for a fight over Syria?

Hence the apocalyptic vision I had:

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

I knew this article would have Spirit-Of-Chloroform-Huffing chiming in at some point.

Next thing you know, HR Schmenckenstuff will be crawling out of the woodwork.

Lewshine's picture

I watched your video, excellent and well done! How would you describe Ezekiel Chp 37 & 38, and how they fit into your prophetic vision?? It is my belief that these chapters are the elongated version of Revelation 8. Your thoughts?

pan-the-ist's picture

I'm not quite sure what your point is.

swmnguy's picture

It's a hell of a lot farther from Asia to Europe via Panama than it is via Suez.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

You aren't considering that the allowance of larger vessels effectively mitigates the effect of distance i.e. it takes one big boat going 2x the distance to deliver the same volume as two smaller boats going 1x the distance, and to boot, you only move one piece of transport capital from docking which has loads of overhead benefits, simplified logistics, simplified financing, etc. 

The Suez will look like a long slow choke point compared to Panama's double-barrelled chute. Long real estate in deepwater ports like Charleston and Elizabeth. 

Junk away, but these things do not happen in a vacuum.  Note the Panamal Canal's original opening and how it corresponded with the entire global balance of trade and by necessity finance networks and later, the balance of power. 

Putin's a sicko.  Who is there to stop him?  Bunga Bunga?  1zra3l?  Les Francais?  Germany is the only stiff cock in Europe that could slow an advance, and Germany ain't on the Mediterrenean.

Freddie's picture

Putin's a sicko?   Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood have been starting wars all over the middle east along with O's Mena drug cartel pals the Bush and Clinton klans.  They are all the same f***king people.

It is shame that Lt Commander Quentin McHale is not nearby with Gruber on the torpedoes and Virgil and Christy on the .50.  The f***ing Russki's would be high tailing it to the Surigao Straits.

phyuckyiu's picture

Putin is the only thing standing between world dominance by NATO. And if you think NATO is benevolent, you have your head up your ass. Thank god for Putin.

phyuckyiu's picture

I hear Putin just delivered a large shipment of Yakhont missiles to Syria. Also known as the updated version of the Sunburn missile that we have no defense against. Sure, reply with all your bullshit about the Aegis, there's a reason Israel is paranoid about Russian Missiles, and chose to try and destroy them. And it's not because we have a defense against them, you fucking dumbasses. Now Israel will have to blow up a Russian ship to stop the Sunburns being delivered. End Game.

Enjoy that Mach 3 afterburn for the last mile, gotta love the kinetic energy behind a Mach 3 missile.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

The distance from China to the East Coast of the US is slightly (4-5%) further via Panama than via the Suez.  Even pre-lock expansion, and in spite of increases in toll charges, the Panama Canal handles a growing share (5% and growing) of global shipping volume vs. a shrinking Suez (7%) share.  So there is an impact there. 

Add in that Europe's biggest markets for consumption are bleeding wealth, and that America has the LGN that China craves, yes childrens, the Russians may be moving in because they know the Americans don't give a damn. 

Doña K's picture

Besides the Panama canal is now in Chinese hands. They bought it. 

Element's picture

What? Germany can, "...slow an advance..."? Talk sense. Britain and France have hundreds of nukes, plus powerful air force and navy to go with it. Germany would be a smoking wasteland if it went up against Russia.

The Russians are going to protect their interests, and chief among them is dissuading the US, Brits, France and Israel from constantly militating to start wars, and much larger wars. This can come to blows, the Russians don't have to look pretty to throw Israel, Europe and the US into total chaos.

Russia is not just signalling, it is doing, it is serious about putting an end to psychopathic Washington politicians starting wars everywhere on demented half-baked whims, and constantly blaming others for what happens.  If the UN SC is so dysfunctional as to be next to useless to deter and restrain the US's aggression, then we are right back to M.A.D. and to proxy-warfare.

This appears to be what the US, Britain, France and Israel has ultimately wanted, to force the Russians and Chinese and Iran and DPRK to come out to play, to show up and face-off again.

Well, they got it, and the proxy-wars and bloodshed they crave (well done cunts).

i-dog's picture

LOL ... Asia to Europe is half the distance through the Suez than it is through the Panama.

GCT's picture

Park the widening of the Panama Canal is actullay being paid for by the big shipping companies.  The reason is they are tired of being ripped off in California and they stated as such.  They intend to use Houston and New Orleans as ports.  This will be interesting once the canal opens for sure.

Patriot Eke's picture

The destination should be noted.  Remember all of that Russian money that the EU stole?  Russia may be sending multiple messages with a single move here.

gmrpeabody's picture

I may have missed the update..., but it's my understanding that the Russians used their ATM cards to get out of Cyprus before the pillage started.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

What does "who is paying" have to do with anything? 

Freddie's picture

The vile Longshoreman's Union on the West Coast?   Their starting pay is about $175,000 a year?

The Proletariat's picture

Maybe they are just meeting someone to collect $100,000 with the possibility of getting millions...


Dear, Capt. First Rank Roman Martov, if you agree to work with the U.S. we will give you 100k right now and then one million in?

mayhem_korner's picture



We can pay you two thousand now...and fifteen when we get to Alderaan.

Patriot Eke's picture

I'm just not sure how to answer.  Are you wearing a blonde or brunette wig?

BigJim's picture

In the intervening 20 years since the end of the USSR, the disparity between the Anglo-American financial empire's (conventional) military capabilities, and everyone else's, has hugely expanded.

Unless the nukes get used, I doubt Russia could even beat Israel in the Med... and that's without Israel's lackey-in-chief - us - joining in.

Solarman's picture

Yup, The Russian flleet is toast.  I'd be more impressed if we start seeing Backfire bombers starting to visit. Me thinks the Russians want to spook the oil market higher, before our paper pushes collapse it, along wwith most of our enemies.

phyuckyiu's picture

The Russian Fleet is there to make sure the Sunburns get delivered, or launched if need be. It's not there to fight a conventional water war. Man you guys are fucking stupid.


I'd love to see Israel go up against Russia. I'd buy alot of popcorn for that one. Sunburns are fucking cheap. You think Iron Dome stands a chance against a few hundred Sunburns? GOOD FUCKING LUCK.

BigJim's picture

Sorry junkers, you can dis-approve of a nation's over-arching racial-supremacist ideology, AND still recognise they have a very well-equipped & trained military.

Wanting Russia to kick Israel's ass ain't gonna make it happen. Sorry.

DogOfSinope's picture

Purely militarily speaking, Russia could kick anyone's ass apart from US and China (there it would be draw). We all know what happens when arrogant hegemonist underestimate Russia's power and size from history lessons.
That said, they have no intention attacking Israel for sure.

DeliciousSteak's picture

The difference is, when last time Russia was underestimated and it was forced to fight for survival, mass production of cheap yet reliable steel-on-wheelz was enough to turn the tables. Their opponent had(by late 1943 only) superior steel-on-wheelz, but not enough petrol or the production capability to compete. This time the opponent has all three: superior tech, enough petrol and the production capability to beat them. Russia would be toast in a conventional war.

DogOfSinope's picture

Yet, this superior force is humiliated by the lightly armored, illiterate cavemen in Central Asia for 12 years already.
The real paper dragon is supported only by paper. When paper stops coming out of Fed printers the US will be toast. And, Russia can just spread beluga caviar on toast with occasional sip of vodka and enjoy the theater.
Which is pity. The USA of my childhood was the most admirable social creation ever. And I doubt that I will see another such social creation in my lifetime...

phyuckyiu's picture

It's ok, I'm sure Big Jim is one of those fools that says the Aegis or Iron Dome can stop a bunch of Sunburns. Ignorance is bliss.


Many years ago, Soviet planners gave up trying to match the US Navy ship for ship, gun for gun, and dollar for dollar. The Soviets simply could not compete with the high levels of US spending required to build up and maintain a huge naval armada. They shrewdly adopted an alternative approach based on strategic defense. They searched for weaknesses, and sought relatively inexpensive ways to exploit those weaknesses. The Soviets succeeded: by developing several supersonic anti-ship missiles, one of which, the SS-N-22 Sunburn, has been called “the most lethal missile in the world today...


Break out the popcorn folks, as soon as a few Sunburns hit their targets, Lockheed and Raytheon stocks are gonna tank hard.

Element's picture

Russia used its least capable and oldest platforms and least advanced weapon systems in the Georgian war (which was re-armed by US/NATO and Israel). The Georgians launched the war and yet the Russian military responded fast, and totally kicked their asses in no time at all. Not even a fair contest.

To assume Russia would lose a conventional battle, today, is a fallacy (and yes, I read "Hitler's War" too).

dtwn's picture

Russia has some pretty sweet hardware such as the Tunguska. Don't know what the equivalent would be in other nations militaries but ground to ground or ground to air, this seems pretty capable:

Element's picture

There isn't a direct Western SHORAD GBAD equivalent that can match it for range, and also for its passive engagement capability (in more recent examples).

The Tunguska system is also the primary CIWS system which the Russians use on almost all of their significant naval units, to kill incoming missiles. The naval version also has an integrated missile auto-loader.

As does the updated land-based version of it, called "Pantsir S1", which is a very effective anti-aircraft and anti-missile system indeed. Syria already operates large numbers of Pantsirs.

Given the system is passive, so can operate without any emission, to give away its presence or location, and it is a highly mobile system, it would require a major and very expensive effort to impose and also sustain any effective no-fly-zone over Syria, as the SAM threat would remain very high, and could not realistically be eliminated via air power. 

phyuckyiu's picture

Rumor has it the Tunguska showed a few Turkish warplanes who their daddy is off the coast of Syria last year.

The_Dude's picture

@BigJim....Israel standing on whose sholders....You think they would last more than a week without the US having to step in.

Anusocracy's picture

Russia doesn't doesn't have trillions to spend on gold plated fighters so they invested wisely in defensive systems.


ChacoFunFact's picture

i read once on zh that the russian guidance and navigation systems are mechanical?  can someone refresh my memory?   

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


i read once on zh that the russian guidance and navigation systems are mechanical?  can someone refresh my memory?

Why yes, of course. Here's something else you're reading on zh: Russian airplanes are powered by steam engines, and their railroad switchyards are operated by bats and pirate ghosts.

Thanks to the internet and democracy, you can now believe such things.

Element's picture

make me laugh ... classic ... do they have electricity in rusher yet?

phyuckyiu's picture

Don't they still calculate trajectory with pencil and paper? Ummmmmmm yeah.

Element's picture

I agree with that,  Israel has many effective means to destroy those ships, but that would end with at a minimum of an EMP strike over Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon (heck, let's fry Saudi electrickery while we're at it), and the destruction of all of Israel's airbases, missile bases, army bases and sea ports (and dimona cooks-off). The Israelis' are dog-meat if they make any dumb moves that involves or forces Russia into high-intensity combat.

newworldorder's picture

RE: pan-the-ist


You must be a great student of Russian Naval History and capabilities.  As such you must know that they are still a capable bunch who can inflict great amount of casualties and loss on a potential enemy. After all you are not the one sitting on an American ship in harms way.