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russia's Black Sea Fleet Faces 'Logistical Problems' in the Use of Maritime Cruise Missiles

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The launch of the russian Kalibr missile / Illustrative photo
The launch of the russian Kalibr missile / Illustrative photo

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) says that due to the increasing threat of Ukrainian strikes in Sevastopol (russian-occupied Crimea), russia is likely to consider Novorossiysk as the best alternative site for relocation

russia’s Black Sea Fleet’s (BSF) ability to use its Novorossiysk base to reload vessels with cruise missiles is likely to become a significant factor in the fleet’s operational effectiveness, the UK Defense Intelligence reports.

Traditionally, BSF has reloaded cruise missiles at Sevastopol in Crimea. With that facility increasingly held at risk by Ukrainian long range strikes, russia will highly likely see Novorossiysk as the best alternative site.

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However, relocating and reloading the missiles would require new delivery, storage, handling and loading processes.

The Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, Defense Express
The Black Sea Fleet in Crimea / Open source illustrative photo

On 13 November 2023, the Ukrainian military claimed that russia has paused firing maritime cruise missiles because of ‘logistical problems’ at Novorossiysk.

russia will likely seek to expedite overcoming such issues in time for maritime cruise missiles to be included in any winter campaign of strikes against Ukraine.

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