Russia Introduced Patrol Ship Following “International Terrorism” Against Nord Stream

A “new era” started after introducing a Russian patrol vessel, weeks following a significant attack on the Nord Stream pipelines that resulted in massive global speculation.

Naval News reported on the introduction of “Purga”, an ice-class patrol vessel part of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.

Georgy Poltavchenko, the chairman of the board of directors of United Shipbuilding Corporation, said that a lot has happened between the introduction of the Purga about two years ago and its launch on 7 October.

As the recent act of international terrorism on the Nord Stream gas pipelines has reflected, the West has crossed the limits of reasons and is striving with its might to deprive the country of its strategic advantages; Naval News quoted Poltavchenko.

Hence, border vessels like the Purga will be necessary for our fleet to safeguard and preserve the Russian borders.

Nord Stream

On Monday, Russian state news agency Tass reported that the US Navy informed that a P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance flight discovered close to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea just some hours after the detected damage was in no way related to the leakages.

US Navy Captain Tamara Lawrence reported to Tass that the US had zero involvement. Lawrence mentioned that the US Navy aircraft named P-8A Poseidon, reflected in the tracking data tracked by a specific Baltic-Sea-maritime-reconnaissance flight, is not related to the leakage observed from the Nord Stream pipelines.

On Monday, it was informed that the Rubin Central Design Bureau has been collaborating with Russia’s Ministry of Defense to develop over ten types of uncrewed underwater vehicles (UUVs).

This development follows the reports that the almost 14,700-ton Russian Belgorod submarine is expected to do a test on the Poseidon torpedo — referred to as the “weapon of the apocalypse” owing to its ability to strike a nuclear tsunami — has reportedly vacated the base in the waters of the White Sea.

Tass reported on Monday that yet another vessel, the Project 21631 Buyan-M class corvette Grad, was conducting manoeuvrability, vibration, and speed tests in the waters of the Baltic Sea.

These were to be followed by firing tests against air- and sea-borne targets.

Norman Friedman, an expert historian and international defence analyst who has authored more than 40 books, informed Newsweek that Russians have been interested in unique and critical operations of sorts —which he called “more KGB than straight military.”

He added that the Soviet/Russian navy had spent significantly more on submarines than surface vessels.

Friedman highlighted that he further asked to recall where Putin comes from, the KGB. There’s a degree of inter-service rivalry, with Russia’s Navy trying to show that it’s relevant to a primarily land-oriented government.

It must be noted here that Putin has spoken of nuclear weapons as a relatively more accessible and inexpensive way of pointing out that Russia continues to be a superpower.

He surmised that Russian unmanned and manned midget subs, which he believes were extensively exercised, are more likely how the much-discussed Nord Stream pipelines in the waters of the Baltic Sea were reportedly sabotaged.

No nation except Russia seems to have made comparable investments in such a thing, and vehicles like these make “interesting options” in potential covert attacks launched on the West.

Over the years, the Russians have been operating unique submarines designed to mother manned midget submarines typically intended for wartime jobs like sabotaging underwater cables, which are the primary international internet connection, Friedman explained.

There has been ongoing speculation that the point of the pipeline sabotage was to advertise that Russians could attack Western underwater cables. There are crucial Western undersea pipelines not linked to the Russians.

Germany and Sweden declared on Monday that an independent inspection of the suspected “sabotage” would exclude Russia.

References: Newsweek, Bendix

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