Russia’s naval presence in 2019 will take into account the sharp increase in combat training by the United States and NATO near Russia’s borders, according to Admiral Vladimir Korolev, commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy.
Detailing his 2019 objectives during a special meeting in St Petersburg in late December, Adm Korolev said the navy “will be present in strength in all strategic sea areas”, and will be greater than its “current strength of some 100 vessels”.
Combat capabilities in nuclear and non-nuclear strategic deterrence are to be increased, he said. Priorities include improving and maintaining the high-readiness of all nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) groups, and the further development of all classes of general-purpose non-nuclear submarines and surface ships.
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