Anyone have an idea of the condition of Russia’s navy? I’m wondering if Putin’s navy is anything like the hollow shell that Russia threw against the Japanese Navy in 1905.
From the UK Daily Mail:
Cutting through the English Channel, the looming bulk of the Russian navy’s flagship passes the White Cliffs of Dover.
Belching black smoke, the ageing aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov sailed menacingly close to Britain yesterday in a provocative manoeuvre.
Russian Aircraft Carrier – Admiral Kuznetsov – commissioned 1995
The Soviet-era vessel, leading a flotilla of eight naval vessels, is on its way to the eastern Mediterranean to bolster the Syrian bombing campaign.
[...]Putin’s flagship was accompanied by the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Peter the Great and six other surface vessels including the world’s biggest ocean going tug, the Nicolay Chiker.
The Kuznetsov never travels far from its home port in Severomorsk, outside Murmansk without the tug in case the vessel’s unreliable diesel engines pack up.
The Russian flee is being shadowed by a British destroyer, the HMS Dragon. This Type 45 destroyer has it’s own power plant problems:
The turbines are of a sound design but have an intercooler-recuperator that recovers heat from the exhaust and recycles it into the engine, making it more fuel-efficient and reducing the ship’s thermal signature. Unfortunately the intercooler unit has a major design flaw and causes the GTs to fail occasionally. When this happens, the electrical load on the diesel generators can become too great and they ‘trip out’, leaving the ship with no source of power or propulsion.
The Brits could have installed a more mature, reliable power plant produced by General Electric but chose Rolls Royce instead.
This Russian warship may also be a sitting duck for the Type 45′s modern armaments and electronic counter measures.