Sea Sojourners – Duncan, Kuznetsov, Richmond

Putin acts, the world reacts.

ISIS is a global threat, big folks UN & NATO (28 nations without Russia, India etc.) are already handling the situation. In 1949 a representative for NATO said, they always wanted Russia out & Germans down. World powers have since long kept Russia out of power, perhaps for breaches during WW1 / WW2 or Nazi-related issues.

Putin acts, the world reacts.

The one nation who is kept in check by many world powers is Russia. In the 1980s they started building a battleship, and was commissioned somewhere in late 1990s. Also known as ‘Pyotr Velikiy’, she had essentially unlimited range, and was nuclear powered. Stunning aay? And guess what – Russians started building it in 1980s, and this beast is still feared by several nations, though she is now old but equally dangerous to the new kids around the block. She is casually referred to as the ‘King of All Ships’ by public enthusiasts.

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‘Pyotr Velikiy’ (Image used for non-commercial purposes / personal enthusiasm)

 

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‘Pyotr Velikiy’ (Image used for non-commercial purposes / personal enthusiasm)
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About Pyotr Velikiy… Check the Range.. ‘Essentially Unlimited’ (Snapshot from Wikipedia)

 

Putin acts, the world reacts.

Russia doesn’t have many of them in quantity, their foreign policies are their best defence perhaps! One of their largest bears is ‘Admiral-Kuznetsov’. Considered to be one of the best in Russian Navy, it is she who prompted me to get this blog online. She was seen passing through the English Channel today with a convoy, including Pyotr. The Queen’s Royal Navy was quick to shadow the entire fleet and keep a close watch on every Russian move. Whatever it is, these are a few truths:

“The ageing Russian aircraft carrier that sailed through the English Channel escorted by the Royal Navy has been plagued by years of technical problems and is accompanied everywhere by a tug in case it breaks down. The plumbing is so bad on the 55,000 ton Admiral Kuznetsov that many of its toilets cannot be used, while it has had repeated problems with its power and a string of accidents, naval experts said.” But Mr Roberts said despite the ship’s troubles, it could not be written off. He said: “She’s a big, fast and impressive ship with capable jets and she’s going to war in Syria.”

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Admiral Kuznetsov (Image used for non-commercial purposes / personal enthusiasm)

 

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You know what – Even the Britain does not have its own Aircraft Carriers till date; and Russia did it long time back. 😀

They don’t have their OWN aircraft carriers yet. Russia has in the past exported better defense equipments to other nations than what it uses for itself. Putin’s rally of ships were brilliantly mocked over Twitter, and yeah it was real fun doing so. One of them said, the ship is in stealth mode given the amount of smoke it’s throwing up.

Coming to the Brits now.

UK’s HMS (Her/His Majesty’s Ship) Duncan is the sixth and last of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy.

Wiki: She was launched from Govan on 11 October 2010, on the 213th anniversary of the Battle of Camperdown. On 7 July 2015, Duncan joined up with the U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group Twelve to strike the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In October 2016, HMS Duncan, escorted by the frigate HMS Richmond, was dispatched by the Ministry of Defence to intercept and “man-mark” a fleet of Russian Navy vessels, including their flagship Admiral Kuzentsov, who were passing through the English Channel on their way to Syria.

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HMS (Her/His Majesty’s Ship) Duncan – Image used for non-commercial / self-enthusiasm purposes. Look at her capability – a sudden turn in the high seas?!
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HMS (Her/His Majesty’s Ship) Duncan – Image used for non-commercial / self-enthusiasm purposes.
HMS Duncan Returning from First Sea Trials - Clydebank - 25 September 2012
HMS (Her/His Majesty’s Ship) Duncan – Image used for non-commercial / self-enthusiasm purposes.

While sent to check Putin’s fleet of battleships, HMS Duncan was accompanied by HMS Richmond (the one who has escorted HMY (Her Majesty’s Yacht) Royal Britannia back in the 90’s).

Wiki: HMS Richmond is a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 6 April 1993 by Lady Hill-Norton, wife of the late Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Hill-Norton, and was the last warship to be built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders. She sailed from the builders on the River Tyne in November 1994. She is named for the Dukedom of Richmond.

PS: Images of the ship could vary in colour & codes, as and when they went under technological revamps.

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HMS Richmond – Image used for non-commercial / self-enthusiasm purposes.
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HMS Richmond – Image used for non-commercial / self-enthusiasm purposes.
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HMS Richmond – Image used for non-commercial / self-enthusiasm purposes.
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HMS Richmond – Image used for non-commercial / self-enthusiasm purposes.

Putin is never left alone by the world, somebody always reacts to his slightest actions. Of course, with a country that geographically dawns over Europe and US and majority of the world which gives him better defense capabilities; there are more reasons for global leadership to keep him in check. By far, he’s a Non-NATO & Non-European leader potentially as powerful as his counterparts but very often undermined.

These are just a few apolitical views on the entities discussed here, and I do not have any kind of good or bad affiliation to / against any of these.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. windywolfman says:

    Well.. If its against Russia we cant call it the 3rd WW. Let’s look at it as a minor scuffle lol. Britain could be a nation falling short on size, but when it comes to warfare nothing matches their strategies. They can re-capture and re-colonize the entire world whenever they’d want to!!

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  2. Becca says:

    I’m very scared of the potential for World War 3 within the next few years. As for Russia, their navy is probably no match for the west, but it’s still scary to see all that firepower pass through British waters.

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