China Rapidly Expanding Its Djibouti Base

China officially opened a base in Djibouti in August 2017.  Djibouti is a strategic country bordered by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. On the approach-the entrance to the base, there is a sharp turn and exit from the road. There is an automated gate on the 90 degree turn. There are additional control points. It is almost impossible to scale the wall, as the perimeter has multi-level protection.

China Unveils New Nanchang Destroyer – Is It Desperation?

Weibo published the first ever images of the Chinese Nanchang Ship. Weibo is China’s version of twitter  Earlier this year, China announced that Nanchang would be joining the Chinese Navy fleet. China’s military is undergoing a massive technological overhaul as part of Xi’s military ambitions to mirror Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda.  The ship is designed for long-range air defense, anti-submarine defense, electronic warfare, destruction of surface and ground targets, escort, long-range patrol and surveillance.

Iran Claims 19 Sailors Killed in “Friendly Fire” Accident

At least 19 sailors have been killed and 15 others wounded in a friendly fire missile accident. The Iranian Navy confirmed in a statement that a missile from an Iranian Navy frigate hit another Iranian vessel during a military training exercise in the Gulf of Oman. “On Sunday afternoon, during an exercise by a number of the navy vessels in Jask and Chabahar water, the Konarak light support vessel had an accident,” read the statement.

Russian Autonomous Uninhabited Underwater Vehicle Vityaz Takes Historic Dive

The Russian autonomous uninhabited underwater vehicle Vityaz installed a historic pennant at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in honor of the 75th anniversary of the “Victory in the Great Patriotic War” (WWII).  The information was released by the press service of the Foundation for Advanced Research. The statement claimed this was the first time Vityaz sank to the bottom of the world’s deepest trench. The depth reached was recorded at 10,228 meters.

Russia Building New Submarine Bases

Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced the first stage completion of the Russian submarine forces infrastructure updpates. According to the Russian government the submarines will have their own secure bases with state of the art equipment. The new generation bases will be located at Gadzievo, Zaozersk, and Vilyuchinsk, which is building a brand new base. Construction has just begun and submarines will have storage for the missile arsenal and additional logistics equipment.

China’s First Type 055 Destroyer Nanchang Commissioned – Is It Just Propaganda Show Pony?

This week China’s first Type 055 Destroyer Nanchang was commissioned by the PLA Navy, according to the CGTN news. The People’s Liberation Army Navy, also known as the PLA Navy or PLAN, is the naval warfare branch of the People’s Liberation Army, which is the armed wing of the Communist Party of China and, by default, the national armed forces of the People’s Republic of China.

Russia’s New Ammunition Capable of Penetrating Ice – Goodbye Arctic Habitat

Russia is testing new ammunition capable of penetrating through ice. The ammunition being tested will be used on their nuclear submarines. It will be able to crack the Arctic ice with rockets; it would be missiles that destroy hummocks. They will be capable of creating a hole in the ice, allowing the nuclear submarine to strike its target. Ice swimming and, most importantly, surfacing are the most difficult elements in the combat operation of the ship. Error in the performance of such maneuvers can lead to the boat being damaged or getting stuck in the ice.

Russia Always Failed with Aircraft Carriers – Will the Future Be Different Under Putin?

Historically, Russia was not strong pertaining to sea battles. Taking the example of the Battle of Tsushima in 1905.  It is also known as the Battle of Tsushima Strait and the Naval Battle of the Sea of Japan (in Japan) and was a major naval battle fought between Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese War. It was an embarrassing loss for Russia.

Russian Spy Ship Disappearance from US Radar – Is Russia Planning Global Blackout?

Russia’s spy ship Yantar disappeared from radars near North American shores, after being spotted on November 8. Yantar is a special purpose intelligence collection ship built for the Russian Navy under the pretense of research. The ship has been operated by the Russian Navy’s Main Directorate of Underwater Research since 2015 and is reportedly a spy ship. The ship has a length of 108 metres (354 ft) and a full displacement of 5,736 tons. It’s home base is Severomorsk, where it is attached to the Northern Fleet.

Putin’s Defense Ambitions Suffer Huge Setback – What is the Future of the Submarine Missions?

A fire occurred Sunday in the town of Herzach-22. As a result, a very unique Russian factory, that was producing monomolecular polymetallic filaments, burned down.  According to the Russia’s official version, the fire occurred at the tungsten ingot dehydration workshop, due to the failure of the fire systems. The fire spread through the whole factory, including the storage of the final product of the linearized titanium-tungsten monofilament (a single strand of material, as opposed to multi-filament lines), which was ready to ship to the Russian military.

Russia to Begin Testing Onyx-M Missiles – Can Hit London in 14 Minutes

Russia announced the testing phase of Onyx-M missiles will begin in October, 2019. The Onyx-M has the capability of engaging targets with a high-low trajectory of 497 miles (800 km). The missile was originally designed to be deployed for ship targets and has the capability to be used against ground targets. Previously Onyx-M had a capability of engaging targets with a high-low trajectory up to 186 miles (300 km).

Is Russia Responsible for the Disappearance of GEOMAR’s Boknis Eck Observatory in the Baltic Sea?

A mystery surrounds the recent disappearance of GEOMAR’s Boknis Eck Observatory and research station (weighing 1,630 lbs) from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. By all indications, the station has been stolen. The primary function of the station, whose location was undisclosed, was to collect environmental data from the ocean floor and transmit information to the researchers.

Will Russia’s Nuclear Arms Race Be Underwater? And the Truth Behind the Nuclear Explosion

The latest tragedy was an explosion at the Nenoksa Missile Test Site near Severodvink, a region in northern Russia. Indeed, as many as fifteen may have been harmed in the accident, seven died. A  clear notice was issued to ships that they could not enter a 250-square kilometer area close to the accident. The innuendos followed in the Western media and experts put forth theories around it is being Burevestnik, claiming the explosion is due to the testing of a nuclear powered cruise missile. According to NATO the classification is SSC X-9 Skyfall (Russian classification 9M730-Burevestnik).