#Russian Navy SLAVA class cruiser Marshal Ustinov, with UDALOY Class anti-submarine destroyer, expected to sail up between Britain and Ireland. Royal Navy shadow and tanker visible on AIS.
Well, since posting this, they have done a U-turn.
Both the tanker and RN shadow, and by implication the Russian warships, currently heading back.
However, this is a fluid situation
Maybe the PR guys called up the Navy?
Aug 17 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
Ok, so the plot of a feel-good techno thriller, submarine themed, that I will probably never write…
Thread/ 2/ Imagine that Lockheed skunk works had built their stealth submarine design in the 1980s. It’s technically owned by them and operated by CIA with part #USNavy crew. A deniable asset etc, kept absolutely secret.
Then Russian patrol ship near Sevastopol in second images, unclear what is going on
Awaiting further clarity
This is very likely same Pr. 22160 class patrol ship seen firing decoys, also today off Sevastopol. #OSINT
Aug 3 • 4 tweets • 6 min read
#Chinese missile destroyer operating East of #Taiwan this morning. Likely Type-055 Renhai class, described as a cruiser
ID not 100% but agreed probable among multiple experienced #OSINT analysts watching situation
The #Chinese type-055 can carry a range of missiles including a new hypersonic missile provisionally identified as the YJ-21. See hisutton.com/Chinese-Hypers…
Aug 3 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
Quick thread on #Chinese submarine capabilities right now. Excuse typos
First up. China has been operating nuclear powered attack submarines, of its own design, since 1970s. Today the main type is the Type-09III (aka 093) SHANG Class (hisutton.com/Chinese-Navy-T…) 2. These attack subs (SSNs) are generally better than many people would expect. We have seen the steady implementation of newer technologies such as towed sonar arrays and anechoic coatings.
But they are relatively few in number.
Jul 1 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
#NATO should bring back standard easy-to-say reporting names for #Russian navy ship classes
And retrospectively apply to Russian types from past 30 years where Russian first of class names were used
#Russia has withdrawn from Snake Island. This is important, and it is a significant victory for #Ukraine.
Thread. Usual caveats. Alternative analysis welcome
First, this is a surprise. I have not seen anyone predicting this.
There is only one way to see it, as a set-back for Russia
The island is strategically important, so giving it up cannot have been an easy decision.
Russian Navy cruiser capturing the island on first day of war:
Jun 30 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Based on multiple sources building up over several days, it appears highly likely that the #Russian Pantsir air defense systems we see in the first photograph, being delivered to Snake Island, has since itself been destroyed by #Ukraine
Thread, today's #Russian Navy Sentinel 2 highlights from around the world.
Trying a new format, instead of marking up a single image, here it is rawer but more..
SLAVA class cruiser leaving Tartus, Syria. Coords 35.08229, 35.37357
Great imagery of Tartus itself. Highlight is a UDALOY class destroyer just outside the harbor, with a key auxiliary, Boris Butoma, behind. Coords 34.87855, 35.82933
Jun 28 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Fresh explosions in #berdyansk, Ukraine. Next to wreck of sunken #Russian Navy landing ship (blown up in March).
Reportedly, was not warned so not a planned 'de-mining' operation
These photos are being shared widely on Twitter, mostly just as pretty photos. So, an explanation
They appeared on Telegram and #Russian social media a few days ago.
They show a Pantsir air-defense system being loaded. onto a landing craft... #OSINT#Ukraine
There is an article to go with them, "About the heroism of our warriors in the defense of Serpent's Island: by Andrey GurulevJune 25, 2022 (telegra.ph/O-geroizme-nas…)
It is written from the Russian perspective and some of the 'facts' are in dispute., But it is worth digesting