Caribbean Vacation

Galrahn isn’t too impressed by the Russians’ plan to send a small naval task force led by a Kirov-class cruiser to maneuver with the Venezuelans this November:

If the ship blows up then we’ll be interested. The other three ships include a destroyer, an oiler, and a … you guessed it, fleet tug.

And no, that’s not the cruiser in question in the photo up top. That’s an earlier Pyotr Veliky

On a more serious note, Galrahn offers his guess as to the Russians’ motives:

This development should be seen for what it is, a response to the Russia’s objections to humanitarian response and naval activity in the Black Sea. While Russia will be sure to hype it, and Hugo Chavez will be part of the over hype, it is very much a good thing because it is one of those small steps towards Russia saving face. Sometimes this type of non-escalation – media escalation stuff is necessary to bring about the normalization of relations.

Sounds about right to me.

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