Thanks again The Russians ARE coming! Putin’s armed fleet heads for Dover as Moscow moves ships from the Med to square up to Royal Navy vessels in ‘Operation Sea Fist’ 

The Admiral Kuznetsov is conducting flight operations off the Shetlands as it prepares to head to Syria Russian pilots need additional training to operate from an aircraft carrier while it is operational at sea. #WarsAndRumorsOfWar #WWIII #WarDrums

The Royal Navy and the Norwegian Navy is keeping the Russian carrier fleet under close observation 

Putin has recalled two corvettes from the Mediterranean to divide the Royal Navy’s response to his fleet

The Russian aircraft carrier fleet has abandoned its flight training mission and moved into the North Sea, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. 
The eight-strong flotilla, led by the Admiral Kuzentsov, is been tracked by the HMS Richmond and several NATO vessels. The Russian media has dubbed the mission ‘Operation Sea Fist’. 
A MOD spokesman said: ‘It is pretty unambiguous that they have set a course to pass through the Dover Strait.’ 
Vladimir Putin has already tried to divide the Royal Navy’s efforts to track his fleet by recalling two corvettes from the Mediterranean forcing the HMS Dragon to head south from Portsmouth to intercept. 
It is understood there is also a Dutch submarine operating south of the English Channel.   

Russian pilots conducted flight operations from the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier, pictured yesterday belching smoke, with the nuclear-powered Peter the Great guided missile cruiser shadowing in the background +24

Russian pilots conducted flight operations from the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier, pictured yesterday belching smoke, with the nuclear-powered Peter the Great guided missile cruiser shadowing in the background. Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the Russian decision to deploy the aircraft carrier. 

Speaking upon her arrival in Brussels at her first EU summit since becoming Prime Minister, she said: ‘After we’ve left it’s in the interests of both the UK and the EU that we continue to work closely together, including at this summit.

‘We must show that robust and united European stance in the face of Russian aggression.
‘The UK has put Russian actions in Syria on the agenda for this summit; we must continue to work together and it’s vital that we work together to continue to put pressure on Russia to stop its appalling atrocities, its sickening atrocities in Syria.’A Norwegian navy frigate has also been following the Russian flotilla, which is being kept under close watch by a P-3 Orion. 

Two further British warships are currently steaming up the east coast to intercept the Russian fleet after the Kremlin boasted they are ‘seizing control’ of the Mediterranean. 

Type-45 destroyer HMS Duncan – the world’s most advanced air-defence destroyer – sailed from Portsmouth last night to join frigate HMS Richmond, which has intercepted the Kuznetsov task group of eight ships. 

The HMS Richmond has taken up station a few hundreds yards from the task force. It will remain as an escort while the Russians remain in an area of UK national interest. In a sign of the escalating tensions with Russia, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon today warned Moscow: ‘When these ships near our waters we will man-mark them every step of the way. We will be watching as part of our steadfast commitment to keep Britain safe.’
According to the Ministry of Defence: ‘Shadowing ships is regular business for the UK Royal Navy, supported on this occasion by Royal Air Force surveillance aircraft. 
‘They will continue to escort the Russian Task Group and provide a visible presence south through the North Sea and English Channel as the ships conduct their passage and carries out flying operations.’
The UK is working alongside Nato partners to monitor the warships passing the UK this week. It marks a further breakdown of relations between the two countries after after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson became embroiled in a row with the Russian embassy last week. 
According to a Nato spokesman the fleet’s destination does not ‘inspire confidence’ that the nation is seeking a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
The official said: ‘Russia has the right to operate in international waters. There are plans in place for Nato navies to monitor the Russian ships as they head for the Mediterranean.


‘At the same time, the deployment of the carrier group to the eastern Mediterranean does not inspire confidence that Russia is working towards a political solution to the conflict in Syria.’Mr Johnson called on people to demonstrate outside Russia’s London embassy last week in protest against Russia’s bombing campaign in the Syrian city of Aleppo. 
But Moscow responded by branding his call for protests ‘shameful’ and accused him of ‘Russophobic hysteria’.   Britain’s mobilisation of the aircraft carrier fleet off the coast of Scotland is the latest in an increasing presence of international naval assets in the area. 
After completing training it is understood the aircraft carrier fleet will head to an anchorage on the Moray Firth where it will be refuelled before continuing to the Mediterranean.Naval assets from Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands are all believed to be on standby.


As well as the Royal Navy, the Royal Norwegian Navy, Finnish Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy have vessels surrounding the North Sea. 
Nato aircraft are also patrolling the area, with tanker aircraft on station ready to refuel any fighter jets tasked with observing the Russian fleet.
The United States has sent another of its Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers into the Mediterranean in advance of the Russian fleet’s arrival.
The USS Carney was refueled in Spain according to the US Sixth Fleet and will join the Nato forces in the eastern Mediterranean. 
The USS Ross is already in the region providing support for the French aircraft carrier the Charles De Gaulle.  Russian military expert Alexander Khrolenko said: ‘While the North Atlantic bloc is stalling in the sands of the Middle East, the Russian Navy seizes control over the Atlantic, not to mention the Mediterranean and Black Seas.’ 
He added: ‘They [NATO] have no equal in the Mediterranean.’
In addition the RAF Quick Reaction Alert squadrons in RAF Lossiemouth in north east Scotland and RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire have been ordered to remain on standby in case they need to intercept any Russian jets straying into UK air space. 
The Admiral Kuznetsov is protected by a battle cruiser and a pair of large anti-submarine ships. 
It is also protected from below the surface by an attack submarine.The Kuznetsov has undergone an extensive refit since its last deployment to the Mediterranean in 2014 when it had to be followed by several tugs in case its steam turbine engines packed up.  
Earlier this week the Norwegian navy followed the heavily-armed fleet as it sailed south from Severomorsk, near Murmansk in the Barents Sea. 
According to the Ministry of Defence, the Russian fleet is being kept under close observation by the Royal Navy and the RAF. 
A source told MailOnline: ‘The Admiral Kuznetsov is currently conducting flight operations off the east coast of the Orkneys. 
‘The pilots need to be certified for carrier take-offs and landings at day and night before it takes up station in the Mediterranean.’They are free to do this in international waters, but once they are in the English Channel, the aircraft will be grounded.’ 
The MOD confirmed the Royal Navy would shadow the carrier and its fleet while it remains in the UK’s area of interest. 
Also, RAF Typhoons and Tornadoes are on red alert at airbases in Lossiemouth in North East Scotland and Coningsby in Lincolnshire in case any Russian jets stray into UK airspace 
The fleet could possibly route around Ireland’s west coast to avoid the English Channel, although there is far greater shelter avoiding the Atlantic Ocean.However, after going through the Bay of Biscay and down the Portuguese coast, the fleet will pass through the nine mile wide Gibraltar straits before reaching its area of operation. 
It is understood the fleet will resupply before continuing to the Mediterranean. 
The Admiral Kuznetsov is the Russian flagship and the country’s only aircraft carrier. 
The French already have the Charles De Gaulle operating in the eastern Mediterranean. 
Major Elisabeth Eikeland, spokeswoman for the Norwegian Army’s National Joint Headquarters said: ‘We have been informed that they are en route to the Mediterranean. It’s not every day that so many ships sail together off Norway.’ 
According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the aircraft carrier taskforce departed on Saturday to the Mediterranean.  
A spokesman said: ‘The group consists of the aircraft-carrying heavy cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, the Pyotr Velikiy battlecruiser, large anti-submarine ships Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov and support vessels.’ 
The Russian MOD claimed: ‘Special focus will be made on safeguarding security of maritime traffic and other types of maritime economic activity of Russia and also on responding to the new kinds of modern threats such as piracy and international terrorism.’ 
 The Admiral Kuznetsov had previously operated in the Mediterranean early in 2014.  

Putin’s getting ready for WAR: Ex-KGB chief’s chilling warning
Vladimir Putin is readying for war, warns one of his former Russian KGB comrades.
Former Soviet secret services boss Gennady Gudkov told MailOnline said: ‘If anyone still does not understand which direction the situation in Russia is heading, I can tell you. The country is being prepared for a military conflict.’
Colonel Gudkov, 60, said: ‘There are lots of signs of militarization in Russia.
‘A bloated military and defence budget, quick rearmament of the army, almost monthly army exercises and tests of the newest samples of dreadful hardware.’

Putin’s getting ready for WAR: Ex-KGB chief’s chilling warning
Vladimir Putin is readying for war, warns one of his former Russian KGB comrades.
Former Soviet secret services boss Gennady Gudkov told MailOnline said: ‘If anyone still does not understand which direction the situation in Russia is heading, I can tell you. The country is being prepared for a military conflict.’
Colonel Gudkov, 60, said: ‘There are lots of signs of militarization in Russia.
‘A bloated military and defence budget, quick rearmament of the army, almost monthly army exercises and tests of the newest samples of dreadful hardware.’
Ready for War? Former KGB chief Gennady Gudkov, 60, claims Vladimir Putin is preparing for conflict by bloating the military and defence budget +24

Ready for War? Former KGB chief Gennady Gudkov, 60, claims Vladimir Putin is preparing for conflict by bloating the military and defence budget

Gudkov said Putin is working behind the scenes in readiness for conflict, adding: ‘There are active renovations in bomb proof shelters, purchase of gas masks and defence kits for civilians, along with a massive mobilisation in many places.
‘Military (naval) activities in the Middle East, in the Black and Mediterranean seas, plans to resume and enhance military bases aboard.
‘Growing military propaganda, spy madness and the search for internal enemies – all are typical of a pre-war situation.

‘Laws have been adopted that allow the use of military force abroad, and hide information about losses.’

Comparing the mood to the Stalin era ahead of the Second World War which initially saw the USSR in a pact with Hitler before ensuring his eastern flank defeat, he warned: ‘The country went through the same things in the 1930s.

‘And the results are known, too.’

Putin, pictured with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is working behind the scenes in preparation for war by renovating bomb proof shelters and purchasing gas masks and defence kits for civilians, added Gudkov +24

Putin, pictured with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is working behind the scenes in preparation for war by renovating bomb proof shelters and purchasing gas masks and defence kits for civilians, added Gudkov

Gudkov, an MP until he was forced out by the Kremlin in 2012, claims that last month’s parliamentary elections, comfortably won by former KGB spy Putin’s allies against a weak and emasculated opposition, signalled a transition in Moscow.

‘It is entirely clear that the country has switched from authoritarian to totalitarian,’ he said.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3854582/Putin-sends-two-warships-Mediterranean-split-Royal-Navy-s-efforts-man-mark-Russian-aircraft-carrier-fleet-sailing-near-Scottish-coast.html

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