Articles Tagués ‘Baltic states’

To Inform is to Influence

Sorties of combat aircraft send a message.  They send a message of provocation, a reminder that the potential of these actions leading to a confrontation can quickly accelerate into war.

Yesterday’s headline « German Typhoons have intercepted 7 Russian Air Force combat planes over the Baltic Sea today » states that there has been a recent increase in provocative actions and numbers by Russia’s Air Force, resulting in increasing launches of the Quick Reaction Alert from NATO aircraft.  Increasing tensions, increasing angst that Russia is not in control of its own momentum.

Russia clearly understands this dangerous game.  Russian diplomats are speaking more provocatively, refusing to back down.  Their language feels like words leading to a hostile actions.  Once again, this information war may lead to conventional actions.

Russian actions are not limited to the air, however. « Estonia: Russian border incidents signal new divide » indicates increased air incursions resulted in the…

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A British frigate was dispatched to track a mysterious battleship that covertly sneaked in close to Denmark’s coast. The ship turned out to be Russian stealth corvette conducting a complex checkout of battle systems, according to British media.

Russian naval drills in the Baltic Sea drew some heat after British HMS Montrose (a type 23 frigate) had to establish line-of-sight range with an unidentified warship cruising off the territorial waters of NATO-member Denmark on June 19.

In harsh conditions of 30 knot winds, British sailors identified the warship as Russia’s 104-metre-long RFS Soobrazitelny (Project 20381), Steregushy-class stealth corvette, armed with a vast arsenal of anti-ship and air-defense missiles, and anti-submarine torpedoes.

Steregushchy lead ship (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Danichev)

Steregushchy lead ship (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Danichev)

“We picked up a vessel on our radar that was not showing any of the normal behavior expected of merchant vessels or allied warships,” said Lieutenant Chloe Lea, HMS Montrose’s watch officer, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

« We have seen the Russians operate a lot in this area, but this is the closest we have seen them,” she said.

The Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose, based in Plymouth, has a crew of 205 and is armed with Sea Wolf missiles, Harpoon missiles, and Sting Ray torpedoes.

READ: http://rt.com/news/168340-corvette-russian-british-hustle/

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