The giant mega cruiser Moskva, which is the lead ship of the Project 1164 Atlant class of guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy, sailed to the Aegean today, accompanied by the large landing ship SARATOV (No. 150), class Alligator, and according to reports they may soon make their way to the Eastern Mediterranean depending on the developments in Syria. The Russian ships are also accompanied by several frigates and destroyers, and might just take part in the NATO operations that are reported to begin there very shortly.
As reported on Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have agreed to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria. If this is enforced, then it is expected that there will be an intervention in this country.
There are also claims that the British RAF will work together with the American and French Air Force in this intervention, but there is still no talk about whether or not the Turkish Air Force be taking part. Military analysts in Athens from defencenet said in one report on Monday that if the above forces take part, then Turkey's participation should also be expected.
The RAF is likely to use two bases in the region: The first is at Akrotiri on the island of Cyprus and the other is in Incirlik in Turkey (phonetic spelling). We are also likely to see the use of Eurofighter-Typhoon air crafts from RAF and Rafale planes from the French Air Force.
The reports in Greece said that the Moskva mega cruiser and the other ships were a little bit behind schedule, and were late in passing through the Bosphorus by one day, but they are now currently anchored in the Northern Aegean, or east-southeast of the island of Limnos where Russian warships are usually stationed.
The SARATOV has a capacity to carry 350 Marines, armoured fighting vehicles and other military equipment. It is still unknown if the ship is carrying a full load, or if it will be used to help evacuate the already 1,000 Russian marines that are stationed in Syria.
The flotilia is also waiting for the arrival of several other Russian ships. Also set to join the fleet is the Russian cruiser NOVOCHERKASSK.
Its actually the first time that the Russians are sending three mega-cruisers simultaneously. Moscow already has sent approximately 1000 Marines and other combat personnel to Syria, but with an additional 700 Marines and support from a fleet of warships only one thing can be concluded, WAR, or (as we said earlier) Moscow wants to immediately evacuate its troops from the area.
Quite interestingly, the Moskva not just any type of mega cruiser, as a war ship it is really quite impressive.