United States intelligence sources have reported that the Soviet Union's second aircraft carrier Minsk will join the Soviet Pacific fleet early next year.
United States intelligence sources have reported that the Soviet Union's second aircraft carrier Minsk will join the Soviet Pacific fleet early next year. According to the London Times newspaper, its sister carrier the Kieve will remain with the Soviet Atlantic fleet. The forty-thousand ton Minsk is expected to leave for the Pacific after two months of exercises in the Black Sea. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union has exhibited elements of its Baltic Fleet during Navy Day celebrations in Leningrad.
SYNOPSIS: Among the fastest vessels in the Baltic fleet are hydrofoil patrol craft. These craft, exhibited with larger vessels, made an impressive display of naval power. The Soviet Navy used the opportunity to display its finest and best, at a time when Western observers have been drawing attention to the rapidly growing size of the Soviet Navy.
There is considerable Western interest in observing the men and equipment on display. The navy's potential is well recognised by the Soviet authorities. The Naval Commander-in-Chief Admiral Gorshkov wrote this year that the navy is important in strengthening contacts with many countries, making friendly visits and what he terms, 'business calls' to dozens of countries in recent years.
Many new ships are still being added to the recently strengthened Soviet Navy.