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Russia’s Navy in Venezuela: What’s Really Going On?

U.S. State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, described the current administration’s view on Russia’s maritime exercise with Venezuela as a joke. He said:

“I've once said that the old Russian ships could not make it that far down to Venezuela. And I had seen one report where I think they were actually being accompanied by tugboats.”

What are some of the details about this Russian squadron?

 


According to news sources, the four ships headed for the Venezuelan coast consist of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, Peter The Great, anti-submarine warship, Admiral Chabanenko and two auxiliary vessels. The flagship, Peter the Great, couldn’t be more formidable, considered one of the world’s most powerful destroyers.

Why is the missile cruiser, Peter The Great, considered so special?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built by the Baltic shipyard in Saint Petersburg, the construction on the missile cruiser actually began in Soviet-era 1980s. Commissioned in 1995, the missile cruiser was designed to send aircraft carriers to the bottom, defending large surface targets and the rest of the squadron against potential air and submarine attacks.
The ship is unusual in a number of ways. It has a propulsion system that insures unlimited cruising endurance. This system, which is based on a combination of nuclear power and steam turbines, provides a full speed of 31 knots (31 nautical miles per hour or 36 m/ph or 58 km/h). Equipped with Granit anti-ship cruise missiles (20 missile launchers), it is capable of destroying targets as far away as 500 kilometers (more than 300 miles).

If the lead missile is intercepted in ripple-fire mode, one of the other missiles automatically replaces it. Peter the Great is also equipped with the ability to defend itself against a full range of precision weapons, including anti-ship, anti-radar missiles, air bombs, aircraft and small ships. Its missile range can engage up to six targets simultaneously and it has enough arms on board to sink two or three air carriers together with any warships accompanying them!

What does this all mean to the rest of the world?


Time will tell, but one thing is certain. The squadron of Peter the Great is no laughing matter.

M Dee Dubroff
International Innovations
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Comments
Sep 29, 2008
by Anonymous

It might be old but...

Sounds formidable, if rather last decade. However, against non-state-of-the-art targets it would do a heck of a lot of damage, and wipe out a lot of non-military stuff rather quickly.

I suspect there are a couple of US subs trailing it at fairly close range, keping an eye on it just in case it needs sinking.

Some small part of me hopes they are using two sonars to find the fake noise the US subs put out, so it can keep an eye on them in return.

Sep 30, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
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Hi there

You raise an interesting point and I am sure you are right about US subs trailing.

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Thanks fro your comments. 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Oct 2, 2008
by Anonymous

"This system, which is based

"This system, which is based on a combination of nuclear power and steam turbines..."

Not really that special. All nuclear powered vessels use steam turbines, that's how the plant operates. And as far as U.S. submarines putting out fake noise, I've never heard of that. The whole point is to be invisible. The newer subs are even quieter.

I would bet that subs are keeping an eye on things though, and if not they should be.

Oct 4, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
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sub system

Thanks for your comment.

I appreciate it. 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations