Russian Navy Make Significant Pre-Positioning Moves

OSINT Tracker Feb 17 2022

Flag Russia Regular updates on Russian Navy anti-ship (/anti-carrier) assets in Mediterranean and Black Sea. Compiled with Damien Symon (Twitter), based on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).

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To keep things simple we normally only report anti-ship capabilities. But axillaries can be equally important especially in their patterns of movement. Two Project 304 Amur Class repair and depot ships have been moved to forward positions on either flank of the Crimean peninsular.

PM-138 is believed to be on the West coast, in a lake with immediate access to the sea, and PM-56 on the East. These axillaries may be a key indicator of coming action., They perform urgent repairs on the high seas. Like field hospitals, they are not needed to be prepositioned during regular drills.

Russian Navy Amur Class Repair Ship
File image of PM-56. Yörük Işık (Twitter)


Surface Groups

Marshal Ustinov group. 1 x SLAVA Class Cruiser, 1 x UDALOY-I Class Destroyer and 1 x Admiral Gorshkov class frigate. Eastern Mediterranean.

Varyag group. 1 x SLAVA Class Cruiser, 1 x UDALOY-I Class Destroyer . Possibly other warships. Active in Eastern Mediterranean

Moskva. 1 x SLAVA Class Cruiser, unreported escorts. has been involved in drills in the Black Sea. It is now unclear whether the Black Sea Fleet's SLAVA class cruiser, Moskva, will enter the Mediterranean as we previously believed.

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2 x KILO Class submarines, Krasnodar and Novorossiysk, on patrol in Eastern / Central Med. Exact position not known. To be confirmed.

4 x KILO submarines believed to be in Sevastopol and /or now in Novorossiysk.

Bastion-P missile batteries

Likely deployed near Tartus, Syria.
Likely deployments near Sevastopol and Novorossiysk/Sochi. Units seen on move in recent days around these areas.

BACKFIRE bomber Tu-22 Kh-32
BACKFIRE-C with Kh-22.


Tu-22M3 BACKFIRE-C bombers and Mi-31K FOXHOUNDs have deployed to Khmeimim Air Base in Syria were they threaten sips in the Mediterranean. They are armed wit Kh-22 (AS-4 KITCHEN) anti-ship missiles and Kinzhal hypersonic missiles respectively.

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