April 06, 2016

A Russian Navy Pacific Fleet flotilla is on the move.

Admiral Vinogradov / Адмирал Виноградов docked in Busan, South Korea 2014-10-01
Photo Credit:  Jang Hun, ShipSpotting.com
Just a quick note... From snooping on the AIS movements of the Fotiy Krylov I noticed she was out of the harbour last week, but didn't know until @azlok re-tweeted why; a flotilla was on the move.  Three ships from the Russian Pacific Fleet embarked on March 28th, reportedly led by Captain 1st Rank Alexander Potapov (Александр Потапов) of the Russian Navy.

Coat of arms of Russia
According to the news reports and press releases from the Russian Navy, the flotilla is comprised of

They will visit at least five countries:
  • Indonesia
  • Brunei
  • Singapore
  • ?
  • ?

They will participate in two multinational Asia-Pacific Exercises:
  • Komodo Exercise 2016 - Multilateral Naval Exercise host by Indonesian Navy in Padang, 2016-04-12 to 2016-04-16 (The exercise's Twitter account is here)
  • ADMM-PLUS-2016; A maritime security and counter-terrorism exercise to be held in the South China Sea in May with at least 18 other participating countries including Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
I'm going to keep an eye on this exercise and see where else they stop along the way... I suspect there won't be much buzz about this in the Western media.


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