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#2641 Roman Alymov

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 1313 PM

"The exercise took place in Russia’s Southern Military District, which encompasses southern Russia, the Caucasus and Russian-annexed Crimea." - what part of this list is "The Baltic Republics And Poland"? :)


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 1322 PM

"The exercise took place in Russia’s Southern Military District, which encompasses southern Russia, the Caucasus and Russian-annexed Crimea." - what part of this list is "The Baltic Republics And Poland"? :)

 

I thought that too. However, I did not delete a post about some saddo in a volunteer ambulance outfit who made a rustic looking copy of a WW2 German military police insignia, which I think is considerably less relevant to military events in the Baltics than the above exercise. :P


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 1332 PM

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 1334 PM

Im so glad its appreciated, for a worrying moment I thought I was wasting my time or something.

 

I'm trying not to come across as heavy-handed :)


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 1355 PM

 

"The exercise took place in Russia’s Southern Military District, which encompasses southern Russia, the Caucasus and Russian-annexed Crimea." - what part of this list is "The Baltic Republics And Poland"? :)

 

I thought that too. However, I did not delete a post about some saddo in a volunteer ambulance outfit who made a rustic looking copy of a WW2 German military police insignia, which I think is considerably less relevant to military events in the Baltics than the above exercise. :P

 

I think you are referring to this http://www.tank-net....38893&p=1415147- it is obviously not related to Baltic&Poland - and quite logically it is in Kiev burning thread, related to guys who are directly engaged in military affairs in what once was Soviet Ukraine.
Mistakes with attributing Russian exercises to this or that region are quite common on This Great Forum (as people mostly do not realize that for example Astrakhan is about 700 km from Rostov-on-Don.


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 1959 PM

Roman, in really not too bothered about the geography as long as there is some military content, or at least something plausibly directly relevant to the current strategic situation, such as Russian construction of new port facilities, gas terminals or whatever. What I want to avoid is the thread going down various irrelevant rabbit holes. If you genuinely feel posting about an American exercise in Norway is relevant to their capabilities to threaten St. Petersburg please do so.
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Posted 24 February 2019 - 1450 PM

Roman, in really not too bothered about the geography as long as there is some military content, or at least something plausibly directly relevant to the current strategic situation, such as Russian construction of new port facilities, gas terminals or whatever. What I want to avoid is the thread going down various irrelevant rabbit holes. If you genuinely feel posting about an American exercise in Norway is relevant to their capabilities to threaten St. Petersburg please do so.

Please note i was in no way objecting to Stuart post  - my idea was just to indicate geographic fact of events he referred to are taking place in opposite corner of Russia. Sorry if it was not polite enough. If he think this events are  related to Baltics&Poland (or just feel like posting it) - i am completely ok with that.


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 1347 PM

Some good photo's of the Estonian Army on exercise.

https://www.military...tos.6821/page-3


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Posted 13 March 2019 - 1843 PM

ZZ Top is on the job, training in the woods and swamps of Rukla.

 

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 0306 AM

The Vikings TV series called, they want their Beard back. :D


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Posted 20 March 2019 - 0721 AM

Mini-Reforger:

Armored unit deploys to Europe, draws prepositioned stocks as part of Dynamic Force Employment

March 19, 2019

WIESBADEN, Germany -
At the direction of the Secretary of Defense, the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, deployed to Europe to exercise the U.S. Armys ability to rapidly alert, recall and deploy under emergency conditions.

[...]

The 1,500 Soldiers from Fort Bliss, Texas, began arriving in Berlin today. They will now travel to Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, where they will utilize more than 700 pieces of equipment pulled from the Army Prepositioned Stock site in Eygelshoven, Netherlands.

Prior to the units arrival, elements of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command prepared and transported the APS equipment to Poland via line haul and rail.

The 2nd ABCT, 1st AD will conduct reception and integration procedures, and live-fire training with their Polish counterparts over the next few weeks. The training will culminate with a gunnery and a combined livefire exercise. Once the exercise is complete, the unit will return to Fort Bliss and the APS equipment will return to Eygelshoven.

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https://www.eur.army...rticle/1788422/

Meanwhile, PzGrenBtl 391 trains for the next rotation of eFP BG Lithuania in July.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 0306 AM

Photo of  USAF В-52Н taken from Russian interceptor 20.03.2019 off Kaliningrad

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More photos of this and other "visitors" here in Russian article https://bmpd.livejou...om/3576621.html

 

Map of one of previuous flights

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 1615 PM

Toward ‘Fort Trump’: US Makes Poland a ‘Serious Robust Offer’

 

Defense Undersecretary Rood visited Warsaw to negotiate a controversial permanent presence.

 

By Katie Bo Williams

Senior National Security Correspondent

 

U.S. Defense Undersecretary for Policy John Rood met Wednesday in Warsaw with Polish defense officials to negotiate a permanent presence of U.S. forces in the former Soviet satellite, a project long sought by Poland that it has pitched to the U.S. as “Fort Trump.”

 

Proposals for some kind of U.S. military facility in Poland have been around for decades, and the idea has been a subject of active discussion since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014. In its most recent defense authorization bill, Congress ordered the Pentagon to issue a report on the possibility. But the idea failed to get any serious traction in Washington — until President Andrzej Duda met with President Trump in September, offering money and naming rights.

 

“We have come forward with what we think is a very serious robust offer and we’re working out some of the technicalities this very week, when we hope to have a solid foundation to work from having coming out of this meeting,” Katie Wheelbarger, Rood’s deputy for international affairs, told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

 

The Poles have pushed for a division-sized installation and in September offered to pay $2 billion for a base. Wheelbarger on Wednesday called the offer “very generous” — but some analysts have said it would likely fall far short of the total cost of such a base. Right now, the number of U.S. troops in Poland varies significantly from month to month, but the annual average is about 4,500. They generally belong to two groups: a rotational U.S. brigade near the German border; and a U.S.-led multinational group of 1,000 soldiers near the Suwałki gap, the sole land bridge between Poland at the Baltic countries, seen by some analysts as strategically critical.

 

Wheelbarger said that if the Polish deputy minister of national defense, Tomasz Szatkowski, accepts Rood’s offer, then the State Department would take over negotiations on the “actual technical agreement.” She suggested that it would take “probably six months to a year” for the agreement to be finalized.

 

But she offered no details on the specifics of the U.S. offer — including whether it hewed closer to the Polish request for a full division or something smaller and potentially more dispersed. (She also did not comment on whether it calls for a base named after the president.)

 

One person familiar with the negotiations tempered expectations that any framework agreement reached by Rood and his counterpart in Warsaw would amount to “Fort Trump.”

 

“This is more of a longer-term commitment to the type of presence that’s already in Poland, this is not a new U.S. base as some people think,” that person told Defense One.

 

A DoD spokesperson said that the negotiations will remain private until the US and Poland reach a final agreement.

 

“We continue to work together with Poland and in consultation with NATO Allies to develop a path forward for U.S. troop presence in Poland,” said Eric Pahon.

 

Although the “Fort Trump” moniker drew sniggers in both Washington and Warsaw, a permanent presence of U.S. forces in Poland is a serious, if controversial, proposal. Proponents of the move argue that it would shore up deterrence against Russia, signal a U.S. commitment to protect NATO’s vulnerable northeastern flank, and pre-position U.S. combat power in the event war did break out with Russia in the region. Critics, meanwhile, argue that it will be costly and will unnecessarily escalate tensions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, a former commander of U.S. Army Europe, has also argued that it could fracture NATO cohesion if the United States unilaterally puts a permanent base in Poland.

 

“The reasons the United States has until now avoided building a permanent base in Poland remain in place, including expense, military necessity, vulnerability, and the lack of an armored division available for deployment,” Jim Townsend, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO under President Obama, wrote after Trump’s meeting with Duda.

 

“It is not easy to find a division to send—it has to come from somewhere, and the congressional delegation from whose state the division might be taken would fight to the last breath to keep it,” he noted.

 

Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces Europe, said Wednesday that “a mix” of permanent or rotational forces would be ideal in Poland.

 

“I am perfectly content with the large forces that are rotating today. I get a ready force, I send it home ready,” he told the House panel. “Some of the enablers, et cetera, some of the headquarters—a more permanent base is helpful because of the relationships you build and the mission they have. So you’ll see a little bit of a combination there from my point of view.”

 

https://www.defenseo...resence/155529/


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Posted 23 March 2019 - 0922 AM

Russian MSM take from B-52 deployment


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Posted 24 March 2019 - 0324 AM

What a lot of hysterical, chest beating crap.


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Posted 24 March 2019 - 1014 AM

What a lot of hysterical, chest beating crap.

Let me remind you British media coverage of Russian bombers flights somewhere over Atlantic, or Kuznetsov&Co smoking their way to and back from Syria shores :)

 

Meanwhile Kaliningrad getting ready for warm version of cold war


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Posted 25 March 2019 - 0254 AM

Actually the UK media hardly notices it. Its hardly as if anyone really gets fired up over 100 tons of scrap flying in close formation.


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Posted 25 March 2019 - 0505 AM


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Posted 25 March 2019 - 1109 AM

B-52 approaching for landing imitation in Tallinn airport. The man who posted it was sort of unhappy of it as it came together with SMS from Gov urging citizens to start preparing stocks of candles and iodine tablets
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Posted 01 April 2019 - 0511 AM

Just good picture from Poland

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Drogowy odcinek lotniskowy, lata 70-te. ( highway strip, Poland, years 70th. ) Rysunek 21x29.

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