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 Russia’s Anti-Ship Capabilities, Mediterranean & Black Sea

Russian Naval activity in Mediterranean and Black Seas has been increasing. Although generally explained away as ‘drills’, this is closely linked to the build-up off Ukraine. Surface groups from the Atlantic, Pacific and Baltic fleets have been called in. Possibly submarines too.

This tracker, compiled with Damien Symon (Twitter) and aided by others, is intended to give the big picture. Positions and range rings are approximate, obvious caveats apply. It should provide a general understanding of the scope and scale of Russian anti-ship weapons in the region.

There are currently two cruiser-led groups operating in the Mediterranean, one at each end. This is significant as NATO Aircraft Carriers cannot enter the Black Sea under the Montreux Convention. As well as the SLAVA Class cruisers themselves, some of their escorts also have anti-ship missiles.