Russia sends warships to Syria
By Christopher Szabo
Aug 30, 2013 in World
Moscow - Russia is sending two warships to the eastern Mediterranean, which includes Syrias coast, including a large anti-submarine ship and a powerful missile cruiser in the coming days.
Reuters reports Moscow as saying the move is a routine one, but the fact that the missile cruiser RFS Moskva was in the Atlantic and has been deployed to the Mediterranean makes it appear more likely that the move is aimed at countering similar moves by Western navies.
Reuters quoted a Russian source saying:
“”The well-known situation now in the eastern Mediterranean required us to make some adjustments to the naval force.
Another Reuters report quoted defence experts saying the two ships in question could give the Assad regime supported in many ways by Russia early warning of cruise missile launches, especially if launched from submarines or the newly-arriving ships could jam radars or navigation systems of Western ships.
The MOSKVA is designed for just one thing, KILLING CARRIERS...
It is basically a fire and forget weapon, designed to try and overwhelm the defenses of a U.S. Carrier in a one-time strike. She was recently upgraded and modernized, and is considered the most effective unit in the Russian navy, even more so than the Kuznetzov.