Port of Call, Havana Cuba

| June 7, 2024 | 12 Comments


Russian Frigate Admiral Gorshkov seen from a Norwegian P-3 Orion patrol aircraft north of Lofoten in international waters.

Russia is deploying aircraft and naval vessels including a nuke submarine to the Caribbean to conduct military exercises in the coming weeks.

Russian military ships have sortied into the Western Hemisphere as recently as 2020, but this deployment would be the first coordinated air and sea exercise since 2019.

Russian warships will arrive in Havana next week, say Cuban officials citing ‘friendly relations’

HAVANA (AP) — Four Russian ships, including a nuclear-powered submarine, will arrive in Havana next week, Cuban officials said Thursday, citing “historically friendly relations” between both nations and as tensions escalate over Western military support for Ukraine in its war with Russia.

Cuba’s foreign ministry said in a news release that the ships will be in Havana between June 12 and June 17, noting that none of them will carry any nuclear weapons and assuring their presence “does not represent a threat to the region.”

The announcement came a day after U.S. officials said that Washington had been tracking Russian warships and aircraft that were expected to arrive in the Caribbean for a military exercise. They said the exercise would be part of a broader Russian response to the U.S. support for Ukraine.

The officials said that the Russian military presence was notable but not concerning. However, it’s taking place as Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that Moscow could take “asymmetrical steps” elsewhere in the world in response to President Joe Biden’s decision to allow Ukraine to use U.S.-provided weapons to strike inside Russia to protect Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

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Vlad is trailing his coattails* right off of our coast again. One of the unconcerning items Admiral Gorshkov brings is the SSN-33 Zircon nuclear-capable maneuvering anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile with claimed ranges of up to 1000 km and speeds of Mach 9. I am filled with confidence in the Biden Administration’s ability to swiftly and effectively counter this transgression.

*Navy for a deliberate provocation.

Category: Foreign Policy, Russia

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President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

REAL reason for the Caribbean exercise, “Komrade, bring back as many boxes of those hand-rolled Havana Cuban cigars as you can!”

And Havana Club rum. It’s good stuff, Maynard!

KoB

Damn, ‘D, you beat me to it. Thinking that Cuban Seegars don’t go well with vodka, but DO go well with Cuban Rum. That’s what I get for trying to come up with a snarky comment about P3s landing on a Russian Ship…or the fact that the P3s have their wings and motors on all catty whompus.

SFC D

Seems a little odd that one of the best things I discovered in Germany was Cuban rum. Shhh, customs might be listening…

26Limabeans

Showgirls…bring back the showgirls and the clubs.

And a hot wife?

I’ve been to Gitmo for REFTRA twice which is two times too many.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

When we pulled liberty in “Gitmo”, we had to Med moor at a bouy because our ship was too big to berth where the minesweeps were berthed. We were just off the main channel where the cargo ships from the block countries passed by us. While at the med moor, one of the boats was lowered into the water and a crew with one of the gunners mates who had a box of hand grenades and an M-1 rifle had to keep circling the ship and if bubbles were spotted in the water, he would start throwing the grenades into the drink. as one of the A Gang boat engineers, I stood one of the 4 hour watches on the boat

26Limabeans

Did you catch any fish with the grenades?

jeff LPH 3 63-66

No but years ago, one of the Viet-Nam Army Vets I knew who hung around the Central inn bar in Valley Stream Long Island NY or one or 2 of the handfull of Viet-Nam Vets who worked at Brink’s with me mentioned the grenade fishing method. Had at least half a dozen Viet-Vets plus a shitload of WW2 Vets.

Army-Air Force Guy

In the book “Tank Sergeant” by Ralph Zumbro, he mentions his platoon wanted to have a fish fry in Vietnam. They dammed up a creek, and one of the M-48’s fired a 90mm HE round into the pond. Boom, lotsa fish to fry.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

as long that wasn’t a fishy story