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On 10/5/2016 at 8:23 PM, Risk said:

Surely you heard about those Russian bombers flying through Europe earlier today, Weps.


Yes, I did, the incident actually occurred back on Sep. 22nd, involved a pair of Tu-160 "Blackjack" Supersonic Heavy Strategic Nuclear Bomber (on par with our B-1B "Lancer"). Essentially a message to NATO that they retain the ability to deploy strategic nuclear assets as they see fit, with little in the way of recourse for NATO or Western Europe in general.


Back in June, Russia began resuming Cold War patrol flight paths between Japan and Hawaii with a new strategic division consisting of squadrons of Tu-95SM "Bear" Super Heavy Strategic Nuclear Bomber (on par with our B-52H "BUFF", both are essentially "missile trucks" that can dump a metric fuckton of nuclear or conventional cruise missiles) and T-22M3 "Backfire" Supersonic Long-range Strategic Nuclear Strike Bomber (like the Tu-160, it's similar to our B-1B)


- Russian Tu-95 and Tu-22M3 Bombers to Patrol Airspace Between Hawaii and Japan (Sputnik)


With that step-up in patrols, there has been increased daily flights and forward deployment (confirmed by ADS-B and Mode-S data) of E-4B NAOC "Nightwatch", E-6B "Mercury", RC-135V/W "Rivet Joint" and RC-135S "Cobra Ball" which are all apart of TACAMO (Take Charge and Move Out) nuclear survivable assets.


We're seeing a large build up of Russian Naval Forces in the Med. The "Mirazh" a Nanuchka Class Corvette armed with the SS-N-9 "Siren" AShM (It's reported that two nuclear armed SS-N-9 are carried, along with conventional warheads) just joined the flotilla. We know this missile works and works well, it's conventional variant was used by the Russian Navy against the Georgian Navy during the Russo-Georgian War back in 2008. 


There is also are major build-up of US and NATO medium and heavy armor in the Black Sea region. We're also seeing greatly increased military air traffic around Israel, which hosts both the US' WRSA-I (War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel) that hold $1.2B worth of munitions, parts, and equipment and the US Air Force Dimona Radar Facility which is an missile early warning facility used to detect ICBM launches. 


Some ADS-B/Mode-S data from today; 










To add the cherry on top, Russia has just announced it will shoot down any aircraft that attacks SAA (Syrian Army) forces, without waiting to confirm aircraft identity. The Russian's are more than capable of this, they've forward deployed a number of S-300 SAM in Syria, which is rumored to be capable of tracking and neutralizing the F-22 via LF band radar. 


Russia Warns US Not to Intervene in Syria, Threatens to Shoot Down Any Airstrike Attempts (ABC)



Updates 4:02P EST (0802Z) 10-07-16:


U.S. government officially accuses Russia of hacking campaign to interfere with elections (WaPo)




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Updates 1:05A EST (0505Z) 10-08-16:


Hurricane Matthew: 


- DVIDS (Defense Video Imagery Distribution Service) - Hurricane Matthew (DMA-DOD)


- FEMA Shelter & Resources App (FEMA) 


- NOAA National Hurricane Center (NOAA)


Conflict News:
-  U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) chief tells troops to be ready to 'fight tonight' (UPI)
- Spy planes being deployed to collect North Korea data (UPI)
- Russia Placed S-300 Missiles in Syria After Learning of US Plan to Bomb Airbases (Sputnik)
- Another Ceasefire violation in Poonch by Pakistan, Jawan injured (News24)
- Russia starts work on Arctic dock for 1st-ever floating nuclear power plant (RT)


Russian Navy Grisha Class Corvette "Mirazh" (617) photographed passing through The Bosphorus Strait en-route to Tartus, Syria 2:30 EEFT (1130Z) local time. 









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Updates 9:00P EST (0100Z) 10-09-16:


Russia deploys nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad as tensions between US and Russia become 'more dangerous than Cold War' (Telegraph) 


Moscow says U.S. cyber attack claims fan 'anti-Russian hysteria' (Reuters)


Russia says U.S. actions threaten its national security (Reuters)


U.S. Turns Up Heat on Russia as Ties Deteriorate (Fortune/AP) 


An interesting website run by author H.I. Sutton on special naval operations, op-ed touches on the current location of the Russian intel vessel the "Yantar"



Steve Rosenberg ‏@BBCSteveR 7h 
Russian TV warns US: Kalibr missiles on Russian warships sent to Med can have nuclear warheads, as can Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad.



Updates 11:45P EST (0345Z) 10-09-16:


- BREAKING: US Navy destroyer comes under missile attack off Yemen coast (RT)


USS Mason (DDG-87) Wiki


US Carriers USS Mason Page


Navysite USS Mason Page


The USS Mason is attached to the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) lead by CVN-69 USS Eisenhower.


US Carrier Group Locations:





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Updates 1015A EST (1415Z) 10-12-16:


Russia, China unite in missile defense (Washington Times)


Russia, China to mull joint response to U.S. missile shield (Japan Times/AP)


Russian Government Officials Told To Immediately Bring Back Children Studying Abroad (ZH)


Ballistic missiles across the Arctic (Barents Observer)

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First is actually quite old, it's a video of an UH-60L DAP and AH-6M MELB with the 160th SOAR back in 2008. 




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