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  • Navy chiefs issue security warnings over presence of 'foreign military vessels'

    Report in the Irish Examiner of the briefing of the Oireachtas Committee on Defence and other matters refers.
    About time some service chiefs has the guts to tell it like it is. Well done Navy.

  • #2
    Sadly good luck getting to the “balanced fleet” of 12 ships though.

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    • #3
      USV technology has come a long way....
      For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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      • #4
        In todays Irish Examiner an association describing itself as The Irish Defence and Security Association is initiating steps to develop our Defence against cyber and climate threats. It is an effort to capitalise on the need as they see it to beef up our uses of modern means up to using satellites for defence purposes. I thought we were doing that nationally in any event???

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        • #5
          Russian naval support ship makes surprise appearance off Cork Coast with possible 'unknown' partner


          The Akademik Pashin is an oil-tanker for Russia's Northern Fleet and it appears to have diverged from it's planned course


          The Russian navy's Ustinov, third largest vessel in the Northern Fleet, which had been due to take part in exercises off the Cork Coast in February



          We may have to put the Castletownbere Trawlers on high alert as a Russian naval ship has suddenly popped up off the coast of Cork - and it could have company.

          The Akademik Pashin is an 'oiler' for Russia's giant Northern Fleet - a support ship that shadows the fighting ships of the Northern Fleet. At 10am this morning, it popped up on radar just 75 nautical miles (140km) due south of the West Cork coast. That's closer than the Russian fleet was planning to hold exercises in February.

          Russian fleet oiler pinged at 10.30am this morning off the coast of Cork
          The fleet oiler usually operates closely with ships like the giant missile cruiser, Marshal Ustinov, one of the Russian naval ships which were shadowed by the Norwegian Air Force in January as the fleet sailed towards scheduled exercises 160 miles off our southwest coast.


          Earlier today, the Pashin 'pinged' 75 nautical miles due south of Cork, popping up on multiple Marine Traffic scanner sites including Vesselfinder.com - and it immediately drew attention from social media accounts and security experts who track Russian naval activity - as it was not on its expected course.

          One popular Twitter account that specialises in tracking Russian Ships on 'NATO's northern flank' - alerted Defence Analysts and amateur ship spotters as the Pashin was not following its anticipated track west out into the wider Atlantic.

          The fleet oiler can be tracked by ordinary marine radar and tracker sites - but the fighting ships it usually accompanies cannot, as they do not have civilian and merchant transponders - or Automatic identification systems (AIS) - and are effectively 'cloaked' from view.

          And there is speculation that the Akademik Pashin is not alone, with tracker group The Lookout saying: "The Northern Fleet oiler Akademik Pashin didn't turn south-west upon leaving the English Channel as expected, but appears to be operating south of Ireland, possibly along with an unknown companion."

          If the Akademik Pashin is operating with Russian Naval ships - they are almost certainly already being tracked by NATO and by the Royal Airforce.

          The Russian Northern Fleet's Akademik Pashin has 'pinged' south of Cork
          In January, Cork fishermen made international headlines when a group of them travelled to Dublin to meet with the Russian Ambassador to Ireland to protest against the planned naval live-fire exercises being held off the Cork coast.
          Russian naval support ship makes surprise appearance off Cork Coast with possible 'unknown' partner - Cork Beo
          For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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          • #6
            Believed to be heading for the Irish Sea

            https://twitter.com/covertshores/sta...9geS6gC9QwqzEA

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DeV View Post
              Believed to be heading for the Irish Sea

              https://twitter.com/covertshores/sta...9geS6gC9QwqzEA
              Maybe they got fed up waiting for HMS Prince of Wales to pass by on her way to the US ..
              Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Laners View Post

                Maybe they got fed up waiting for HMS Prince of Wales to pass by on her way to the US ..
                By the sounds of it she’s not going that way anytime soon, it’s a dry dock for her.

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                • #9
                  The IT on the Russian ship movements:
                  https://www.irishtimes.com/ireland/2...h-south-coast/

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                  • #10
                    The IT article says that the Russians are allowed sail through the Irish Sea as long as they don't enter territorial waters, but is the northern exit of the Irish Sea, The North Channel, not British territorial waters?

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                    • #11
                      No.
                      For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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                      • #12
                        https://www.un.org/depts/los/LEGISLA...014_00ill1.jpg

                        Although it looks like the North Channel may be covered under the Transit Passage rules similar to Dover Strait
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CTU View Post
                          https://www.un.org/depts/los/LEGISLA...014_00ill1.jpg

                          Although it looks like the North Channel may be covered under the Transit Passage rules similar to Dover Strait
                          So although it is their territorial waters foreign navies are permitted to transit through it, is that correct?

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                          • #14
                            Anyone have any comment about the reports about a sub off donegal at the weekend?

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                            • #15
                              Going by the one and only photo, It may be the Loch Ness Monster.
                              For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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