New Russian Navy operation in the Ionian Sea

We are tracking in these hours the presence, west of the Greek island of Kefalonia, of the Russian Navy tanker Akademik Pashin: RFS Akademik Pashin (IMO: 9778193) is a Project 23130 replenishment tanker and she is the first tanker built for the Russian Navy since the end of the Cold War, supplying the ships of the Northern Fleet with the fuel they need to sustain operations.

The ship is now sailing at 12 knots and in the past few hours it has followed a route that may suggest that it has been refuelling other ships. We do not know what other Russian Navy units may be in the area, but we’ve tracked a similar mission the last month.

A little further north in the southern Adriatic is underway the CSG of the USS Bush.

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