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Upping the Ante: 5 Russian Warships Enter the Mediterranean

Russia maintains a military base in the port of Tartous, Syria.
The "Admiral Panteleyev" anti-submarine warfare ship.

The Russian "Admiral Panteleyev" anti-submarine warfare ship.
Photo Credit: Vitaliy Ankov / RIA Novosti

In its latest escalation of the international anxiety over the Syrian civil war, Russia announced on Thursday that a group of five warships from its Pacific Fleet have entered the Mediterranean sea to bolster a new regional task force, according to a fleet spokesman quoted on the state-owned news agency RIA Novosti.

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

Novosti said the warships’ immediate destination was Limassol, on the island of Cyprus, where they will join Russia’s Mediterranean task force.

An official from the Russian Embassy in Beirut confirmed to the Daily Star of Lebanon that the ships were indeed in the Mediterranean, adding that it was merely a routine procedure.

First such routine procedure since 1992.

Russia maintains a military base in the port of Tartous, Syria.

Novosti said the vessels – including the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, the amphibious warfare ships Peresvet and Admiral Nevelskoi, and a tanker and a tug – left the port of Vladivostok on March 19. The Russian plan to expand its naval presence near Syria was announced in April.

A permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean was needed to defend Russia’s interests in the region, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in March.

It’s like the Cold War never ended.

According to Novosti, 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.

The U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet maintains its own permanent presence in the Mediterranean.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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8 Responses to “Upping the Ante: 5 Russian Warships Enter the Mediterranean”

  1. The current state of affairs seems to be escalating into a very volatile situation in the region. The Syrian regime must be toppled to allow room for the moderates to take over.

  2. Ethan Perks says:

    The combat power of the Russian ships is not that great. What they represent is what is known as a "Fleet in Being". The deterence value of this is far greater than the fighting power of these vessels.

  3. Did you know that Damascus Syria has historically remained inhabited from the time of it’s founding until today? Despite military losses it has always been populated. Yet Isaiah 17 states that God will take it away from being a city. That has not happened as of yet. If God chooses to use mans weapons of mass destruction as one of the tools to bring that about then today’s news concerning Assad should get you interested enough to take a longer look at that short chapter. In addition Iran continues determined in it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Yet here we are with the clock ticking. In July of 2012 I wrote a small book that lists some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the period known as the seven (360 day) year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  4. Anonymous says:

    All major ships have been reequiped with the latest tehnologies which US knows too well.It can sink an aircraft carrier easy.Like i said latest tehnologies.anti-ship,air defense,anti-submarine warfare.New aircraft carrier coming soon and latest and quietest nuclear submarines.You cant say that It does not have fighting power.Deterence means power.You cant have one without the other.You have power you deter enemies.You want deterence? you have to have power which you can exercise anytime against any threat.

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    Syria ready to unleash missiles on Israel Uzi Mahnaimi, Sunday Times [UK] Tel Aviv Published: 19 May 2013 http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/world_news/Middle_East/article1261403.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2013_05_18 SYRIA has put its most advanced missiles on standby with orders to hit Tel Aviv if Israel launches another raid on its territory. Reconnaissance satellites have been monitoring preparations by the Syrian army to deploy surface-to-surface Tishreen missiles. An Israeli official told The New York Times that Israel, which has launched three recent attacks on Syria, was considering further strikes and warned President Bashar al-Assad that his government would face �crippling consequences� if he hit back at Israel.

  7. Brian Hathaway says:

    The Russian navy is a JOKE. You sound like some crazed nationalist slav. If they tried anything, those sailors would have a short, exciting life for about 5 minutes before the metal of the ships around them turned white hot and they all died a horrible, horrible death. Down with Stalinist Putin's dictatorship!!!

  8. Brian Hathaway says:

    The Russian navy is a JOKE. You sound like some crazed nationalist slav. If they tried anything, those sailors would have a short, exciting life for about 5 minutes before the metal of the ships around them turned white hot and they all died a horrible, horrible death. Down with Stalinist Putin's dictatorship!!!

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