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Russian Warship Movements Through Turkish Straits (Part 19)

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship 151 Azov, passing through the Bosphorus on her way back to Sevastopol.

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Russian Alligator class landing ship 152 Nikolay Filchenkov, passing through the Bosphorus on her way back to Sevastopol.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship 151 Azov, passing through the Bosphorus on her way back to Sevastopol.

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Russian Alligator class landing ship 152 Nikolay Filchenkovpassing through the Bosphorus on her way back to Sevastopol.

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As usual, Turkish Coast Guard escorted the foreign warships.

As you can see from the photos I have taken on 26 July 2013 Friday, two more Russian warships have passed through the Turkish Straits.

 

According to BBC, Russian Black Sea Fleet ships have to leave their base in Sevastopol, Ukraine and sail to international waters in order to a refill.

Russia has stopped fuelling the famous Black Sea Fleet at its naval base in a bid to avoid taxes, it’s reported.

A fleet has been based at Sevastopol, in today’s Ukraine, since the late 18th Century and the site will remain in Russia’s hands until 2042. But it seems the Russian Foreign Ministry is unhappy at the level of VAT and customs duty charged by its host “without legal justification”. An unnamed diplomat told the Interfax news agency: “The fuelling of Russian Black Sea Fleet ships on Ukrainian territorial waters stopped last autumn in order to save money.”

Apparently, leaving Ukrainian waters to top up the tank has saved Russia 180m roubles (£3.6m). The fleet had already moved its repair operations to Bulgaria, Interfax notes. The port’s status remains contentious. Though founded by Russia, Sevastopol was transferred to the Ukrainian soviet republic in the 1950s. And when Ukraine broke away – in 1991 – the port went with it, leaving sailors to decide which country’s navy to serve. The decision to extend Russia’s lease – in exchange for cheap gas – sparked punch-ups in Kiev’s parliament three years ago.

So this is the latest tally of Russian warship movements

Date Number Name Direction
27/12/12 151 Azov Southbound
27/12/12 152 Nikolay Filchenkov Southbound
01/01/13 142 Novocharkassk Southbound
09/01/13 152 Nikolay Filchenkov Northbound
09/01/13 151 Azov Northbound
12/01/13 142 Novocharkassk Northbound
14/01/13 102 Kaliningrad Northbound
14/01/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound
16/01/13 151 Azov Southbound
04/02/13 151 Azov Northbound
04/02/13 150 Saratov Northbound
04/02/13 810 Smetlivy Northbound
04/02/13 Ivan Bubnov Northbound
05/02/13 110 Moskva Northbound
07/02/13 102 Kaliningrad Northbound
07/02/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound
08/02/13 Kildin Northbound
20/02/13 102 Kaliningrad Southbound
20/02/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound
25/03/13 102 Kaliningrad Northbound
25/03/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound
11/04/13 102 Kaliningrad Southbound
11/04/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound
14/04/13 151 Azov Southbound
26/04/13 PM-138 PM-138 Southbound
24/04/13 102 Kaliningrad Northbound
24/04/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound
24/04/13 Dubna Northbound
30/04/13 102 Kaliningrad Southbound
05/05/13 PM-56 PM-56 Northbound
05/05/13 152 Nikolay Filchenkov Northbound
11/05/13 102 Kaliningrad Northbound
11/05/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound
11/05/13 151 Azov Northbound
19/05/13 151 Azov Southbound
 /05/13 151 Nikolay Filchenkov Southbound
23/05/13 077 Peresvet Northbound
23/05/13 055 Admiral Nevelskoi Northbound
27/05/13 151 Azov Northbound
27/05/13 151 Nikolay Filchenkov Northbound
10/06/13 CCB-201 Priazove Southbound
17/06/13 152 Nikolay Filchenkov Southbound
20/06/13 102 Kaliningrad Southbound
20/06/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound
01/07/13 102 Kaliningrad Northbound
01/07/13 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound
03/07/13 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound
03/07/13   Ivan Bubnov Southbound
03/07/13 120 Moskva Southbound
13/07/13 102 Kaliningrad Southbound
25/07/13 200 Perekop Northbound
26/07/13 152 Nikolay Filchenkov Northbound
26/07/13 151 Azov Northbound
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