Russia Faces Obstacles to Bolstering Its Black Sea Fleet

Sep 24, 2014 | 09:04 GMT

Russia Bolsters its Black Sea Fleet
A Russian naval vessel fires rockets near the Crimean city of Sevastopol to celebrate Navy Day on July 27, 2014.

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The Russian Southern Military District's press service announced Sept. 17 that the Novorossiysk, an improved Kilo-class vessel, was commissioned with the Black Sea Fleet. In addition, Russia announced Sept. 23 that it would build a new naval facility in the city of Novorossiysk and reallocate 80 ships to the fleet. The announcements mark an important milestone in Russia's continued efforts to boost its naval and overall strategic position in the region. However, Moscow continues to face significant constraints in its efforts to build up its Black Sea Fleet. 

Despite increasingly determined efforts to regain its position as the pre-eminent naval power in the Black Sea, Russia will find it difficult to reclaim its dominant status given its numerous constraints and Turkey's much strengthened navy....

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