Sevastopol official: Black Sea Fleet risks to lose combat capability by 2017

Print version
Dec. 3, 2009, 7:47 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Russia's Black Sea Fleet could lose its combat capability, given a small number of ships and the absence of new ones, Sevastopol First Vice Mayor Vladimir Kazarin said. "Some say the year 2017 marks the Fleet's withdrawal. My dear friends! The Black Sea Fleet, in the old understanding, has long left Sevastopol," Kazarin told a meeting of the Center for Social-Conservative Policies in Simferopol, according to E-Krym news agency.

In the Soviet era the Black Sea Fleet had more than a thousand combat units, including over 60 submarines, he said.

"The Russian Black Sea Fleet and the Ukrainian navy taken together have not more than 50 combat units - one submarine for two fleets, and it has just had an accident off Abkhazia," Kazarin said.

If the Black Sea Fleet remains in its current form, only the large amphibious ship Azov will be able to leave Sevastopol Harbor on its own in 2017, Kazarin said, citing Russian sources.

"It will be the only ship with the service life of the engine, hull and other parts exceeded just twice. The others have their service life exceeded three and even four times and they will simply not be able to leave the harbor, because they must not be allowed to sail at sea," Kazarin said.
The Kyiv Post is disabling its online comment section due to an increase in trolls, violent comments and other personal attacks. Other news organizations worldwide have taken similar steps for the same reasons. The Kyiv Post regrets having to take this action. The newspaper believes in a robust public debate, but the discussion must be constructive and intelligent. For the time being, the Kyiv Post will allow comments on its moderated Facebook group The newspaper will consider hosting online comments again when circumstances allow. Thank you from the Kyiv Post.


© 1995–2015 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.