The Soviet Navy has been conducting a major anti-submarine exercise in the North Atlantic. According?
AERIAL VIEW: Soviet Kresta Two class cruiser (pennant 297)
SV INTERIOR: Royal airforce Nimrod Maritime reconnaissance aircraft flight deck.
AERIAL VIEW: Soviet Krivak class destroyer. (Pennant 267)
AERIAL VIEW: Soviet Krivak destroyer (267) in foreground with Royal Navy destroyer HMS Kent in background
AERIAL VIEW: HMS Kent
CU: observer looking out of Nimrod aircraft window.
AERIAL VIEW: Soviet aircraft carrier Kiev
AERIAL VIEW : observer in Nimrod
AERIAL VIEW: Krivak class destroyer in background with HMS Kent in foreground.
The Russian Atlantic exercise coincides with the launch of the British Navy's 11th nuclear-powered submarine (7 April, 1978). The 4,500-ton H.M.S. Spartan is the fifth of Britain's newest "S" class fleet submarines. With a crew of around 110, it can remain submersed for long periods operating a vast range of sensors and weapons in its main role as a destroyer of enemy submarines. Last month the Commander of American and NATO Atlantic Forces, Admiral isaac Kidd, announced that the expansion of the Soviet Navy, combined with its acquisition of bases in Africa, was stretching the ability of the U.S. navy to meet NATO commitments. He said NATO's Atlantic Command would have to set priorities for its tasks during an East-West conflict and he estimated he would need "about twice as much as we have now" to complete all his NATO missions during war.
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Background: The Soviet Navy has been conducting a major anti-submarine exercise in the North Atlantic. According to British Defence Ministry Sources, the Soviet exercise is part of a series but is earlier and further south than usual.
SYNOPSIS: The main area of the operation has been 200 miles off the west coast of Scotland. This Kresta Class Cruiser is one of two taking part-under the surveillance of British Air Force reconnaissance planes like this RAF Nimrod
There Krivak Destroyers, a number of submarines, and Auxiliary vessel are involved in the exercise, which is being monitored by Western ships, including the Royal Navy Destroyer, H.M.S. kent, seen here shadowing her Soviet counterparts. Western defence of the Atlantic, which some observers describe as a strategic weak point, is reported to be causing increased concern to NATO military leaders due to Soviet Navy expansion.
Russia's revolutionary cruiser-carrier, Kiev, has also been going through her paces in the Atlantic exercise. The 54,000 ton vessel is carrying its full complement of Yak-36 Jump-Jet fighters and Kamov Ka-25 anti-submarine helicopters. Less than six months ago, Western observers reported that the huge ship was in serious trouble, suffering engine problems and burn marks caused by jet-fighter launchings. The Kiev was built in the Black Sea and entered the Mediterranean in July 1976 before heading for the northern port of Murmansk. She is believed to have three sister ships under construction in Russian naval yards.