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Russian Naval Task Force in Mediterranean (Videos)

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On November 1, the Zvezda TV network (run by the Russian Ministry of Defence) released a series of videos that show the Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean sea. The task force is now heading to the Syrian shores where they will join the Russian military grouping involved in anti-terrorist operations in the country.

The videos show the Poytr Velikiy nuclear-powered battlecruiser, the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser, the Severomorsk anti-submarine destroyer, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyer and support ships. According to reports, three attack submarines are also a part of the task force. Nonetheless, they weren’t shown in the videos.

The Russian naval task force (general look):

The Poytr Velikiy nuclear-powered battlecruiser:

Su-33 and Mig-29KUB multi-role fighters operate from the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser:

Russian Naval Task Force in Mediterranean (Videos)

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Looks good, the Cruisers new paint job makes it look 20 years younger. Mig 29K also looking good. The dark gray white nose combo is sweet.

Marek Pejović

What happened with Kuznetsov’s powerplant? a week ago it was making a lot of smoke, and now it’s visibly less.

Arti Fact

As far as I know fleet traditions releasing large amounts of smoke is some kind of sailors show off: them telling everyone that the ship is sailing, everyone watch! And at that time Kuznetsov was sailing very near EU shores, so I think it was a greeting. I heard that sailors that make such stunts are being reprimanded, but behind official talks everyone likes this tradition. In Russian it sounds as “pustit shapku” – “release the hat”

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