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Russian strategic bombers reportedly practice nuclear missile strike against US

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Published time: September 08, 2014 17:05 Get short URL
Russian TU-95 Bear bomber (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)


A pair of Russian bomber jets reportedly practiced cruise missile attacks against targets in the United States last week, according to a report published on Monday in the Washington Free Beacon.

Bill Gertz, a writer for the Beacon, reported that two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked flying over the Labrador Sea last week in the northern Atlantic Ocean near Iceland, Greenland and Canada as part of a recent training mission.

“Analysis of the flight indicated the aircraft were conducting practice runs to a pre-determined ‘launch box’ — an optimum point for firing nuclear-armed cruise missiles at US targets,” Gertz wrote, citing unnamed defense officials he described as being familiar with intelligence reports.

The aircraft, Gertz added, are outfitted with six AS-15 nuclear-armed cruise missiles, each capable of striking targets as far away as 1,800 miles.

Representatives for the US Northern Command and Northern American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, declined to comment to Gertz ahead of his report, and told RT in an email Monday afternoon that they could not confirm the allegations printed by the Free Beacon. On his part, however, Gertz wrote that neither the US nor Canada responded to the alleged incident because it reportedly occurred outside of the North American Air Defense Identification Zone.

According to Gertz, the reported drill occurred last week at the same time that officials from the US, Canada and other allied partners met in Wales for the largest NATO summit of its kind in two years, where on the agenda, among other topics, was the escalating crisis in eastern Ukraine and potential action that could be undertaken to counter perceived Russian aggression. On the heels of that meeting, both the US and the European Union are expected to impose new sanctions against Moscow.

The latest report comes days after Russia’s own recent decision to revise a 2010 military doctrine to identify the US and NATO members as enemies, which “clearly outline[s] the conditions of a preemptive nuclear strike” against partner countries, Gertz wrote. With regards to the alliance, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during last week’s summit that at least 4,000 troops from various member states will soon form a “spearhead” regiment that will be “ready to deploy within a few days with air, sea and Special Forces support” in the event that the Ukrainian crisis spread into allied territory.

Gertz has previously reported for the Beacon that no fewer than 16 Russian bombers incurred the airspace of either US or Canada during the month of August, and this week’s article comes days after similar allegations were made abroad: late last month, a Dutch F-16 military jet intercepted and escorted a Russian Tu-95 bomber out of that nation’s airspace, as did the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force during a similar incident.

“Clearly, we at the US Strategic Command do monitor the strategic environment,”Admiral Cecil Haney, commander of the US Strategic Command, told Gertz last month following reports that Russian bombers came within 50 miles of California on the US West Coast. "I will say that the business of them coming close to the United States of America, we take very seriously.”
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US, Ukraine launch joint maritime exercises in Black Sea

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Published time: September 08, 2014 17:22 Get short URL
The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (Reuters/U.S. Navy/Tamekia L. Perdue)

Ukrainian and American naval forces are taking part in joint maritime drills dubbed Sea Breeze 2014, which began on Monday in the northwestern part of the Black Sea and will last till September 10.

“Today in the north-west part of the Black Sea, we are beginning the joint Navy exercises of Ukraine and the US, known as ‘Sea Breeze 2014’. The exercises will continue until September 10. The aim is to set up safety measures in areas dangerous to ships,” Colonel Andrey Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, told reporters as cited by AP.

The objective of the exercises is “an international operation on establishing and securing a maritime safety zone in a crisis area,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said earlier. The drills are part of a program for Kiev-Washington defense cooperation in 2014 and were approved by a presidential decree on March 25, it added.

The Sea Breeze exercises come just three days after a peace deal was reached between Kiev and rebel troops following months of bloody fighting. The US and NATO repeatedly accused Russia of “invading Ukraine,” supporting “pro-Russian separatists” and deepening the crisis. However, no convincing evidence has been provided for such statements.

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Besides Ukraine and the US, the exercise in the Black Sea will involve Spain, Canada, Romania and Turkey, according to the Defense Ministry in Kiev. Georgia, Norway, Sweden and France sent monitors. A total of 12 ships and supply vessels – including seven Ukrainian ships - as well as planes and helicopters will participate in the drills.

According to the US Navy, the Sea Breeze will include “three ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO Task Unit 02 (SNMG2 TU.02), the Canadian Halifax-class frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333), Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon and Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand,” it said in a statement on Monday.

As part of maneuvers, the participants will drill missions to monitor civilian ships navigating in certain areas, searching for rule-breaking ships, conducting inspection operations and helping vessels in distress.

The American guided missile destroyer, the USS Ross, hosted the Sea Breeze 2014 opening ceremony on Monday.

“We will remain focused on improving interoperability while promoting regional stability and maritime security; strengthening international military partnering; and fostering trust among our partners and allies,” said Captain James Aiken, exercise director, as cited by the US Navy 6th Fleet website.

It is the first time that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) has taken part in Sea Breeze, “with this year’s exercise being the 17th iteration of what is considered the largest annual multinational maritime exercise held in the Black Sea,” the press service said in a statement.

The vessel entered the Black Sea last week, when violent confrontation between Kiev troops and rebels in Ukraine was still continuing.

Washington said it sent its warship to the region “to promote peace and stability.”Ross’ presence in the Black Sea “serves to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to strengthening the collective security of NATO allies and partners in the region,” the US Navy said.

READ ALSO: ‘Promoting peace and stability’: NATO warships enter Black Sea

Under the Montreux Convention of 1936, warships of non-Black Sea states can stay in the Black Sea for no longer than 21 days. It also stipulates that the maximum deadweight of a non-regional warship in the area should not exceed 45,000 tons.

NATO warships have been operating in the area since this spring, when tensions started escalating between Kiev forces and rebels in eastern Ukraine. Despite the three-week limit, the alliance has managed to secure its presence in the area by constantly rotating warships there
Im so ready
"According to Gertz, the reported drill occurred last week at the same time that officials from the US, Canada and other allied partners met in Wales for the largest NATO summit of its kind in two years, where on the agenda, among other topics, was the escalating crisis in eastern Ukraine and potential action that could be undertaken to counter perceived Russian aggression."


Gotta hate when those uppity Ruskies respond to aggression with aggression Wink
They never forgave us for this:



Interestingly, the TU-95 came into service in the Soviet Union in 1956, it's Cold War counterpart the B-52 went into service with the US Air Force in 1955. Both are planned to continue to serve well into the 2040s...unless of course they are given orders to complete their originally intended missions???!!!!
lulz, yeah

Big surprise – Russian military aircraft buzz HMCS Toronto

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Three Russian military aircraft flew over HMCS Toronto, checking out the Canadian frigate as it was in the Black Sea.

“While the Russian military aircraft that circled the HMCS Toronto did not in any way pose a threat to the Canadian ship, their actions were unnecessarily provocative and risk escalating tensions even further,” Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement.

Russia considers the presence of NATO warships in the Black Sea as unnecessarily provocative.

Two aircraft were fighters, the other reportedly a surveillance plane.

The ship is part of the Sea Breeze exercise in the Black Sea involving the U.S. and Ukraine navies. Ships from Georgia, Romania and Turkey are also involved. Three ships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two Task Unit are participating: HMCS Toronto, Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon and Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand.
(09-09-2014 05:53 PM)ba_dass Wrote: [ -> ]Interestingly, the TU-95 came into service in the Soviet Union in 1956, it's Cold War counterpart the B-52 went into service with the US Air Force in 1955. Both are planned to continue to serve well into the 2040s...unless of course they are given orders to complete their originally intended missions???!!!!

are you just a fan or do you work in / for the military ba_?
(09-10-2014 12:33 PM)CTsar Wrote: [ -> ]
(09-09-2014 05:53 PM)ba_dass Wrote: [ -> ]Interestingly, the TU-95 came into service in the Soviet Union in 1956, it's Cold War counterpart the B-52 went into service with the US Air Force in 1955. Both are planned to continue to serve well into the 2040s...unless of course they are given orders to complete their originally intended missions???!!!!

are you just a fan or do you work in / for the military ba_?
Just a long-time military history fan: Napoleonic Wars, WWII, American Civil War, WWI --- in that order. Lost some interest in the Cold War when the Big Red War Machine went down-hill after the fall communism. But looks like Cold War II is coming, which is a big disappointment since it won't equal the size and intensity of the original one. Plus it is a mistake to try to take on the Russians militarily in their region of influence. They've got interior lines, the bases and materiel are nearby, and the Russian soldier seems ready to fight. What's missing from their proven lethality are the Josef Stalin methods of Russian soldiers being made to walk through minefields to clear them; and the famous Order No. 227 "Not one step back!"

If the ordinary Russian solder is willing to stand fast, fight and die in a conflict, close to their own bases then that would be big trouble!!!
Our govt is probably hoping for an attack to unite our divided country behind them once again.
You might enjoy George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman books if you haven't already read them BA. The anti-hero Harry Flashman (a cowardly poltroon) is drawn from Tom Brown's School Days (a favorite of yours) and dropped into several famous military scenarios.
(09-10-2014 12:55 PM)ba_dass Wrote: [ -> ]What's missing from their proven lethality are the Josef Stalin methods of Russian soldiers being made to walk through minefields to clear them; and the famous Order No. 227 "Not one step back!"

western liberalism be damned. maybe they could recruit the krokodil user crowd for that???!!! two birds with one stone Wink
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