Carronade The Yankee Sailor Carronade

The Sea is a choosy mistress. She takes the men that come to her and weighs them and measures them. The ones she adores, she keeps; the ones she hates, she destroys. The rest she casts back to land. I count myself among the adored, for I am Her willing Captive.

I've relocated to a new Yankee Sailor.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Putin Names Fleet Modernization Among Russia’s Priority Tasks

The bear stirs:

The modernisation of the Navy and reinforcement of the submarine fleet’s personnel rank among Russia’s priority objectives to rule out the possibility of any political pressure on the country, President Vladimir Putin said.

“The qualitative technologic modernisation of the submarine fleet is now regarded as a priority task of the state,” Putin said on Wednesday, addressing a solemn meeting, held on the occasion of the Russian submarine fleet’s centenary.

Putin stressed, “Today the Navy is one of the important tools of Russia’s defence policy. Concentrated there are state-of-the-art shipbuilding technology and arms systems that excel foreign counterparts in many ways.”

“These factors are very important for ensuring the security of Russia and global stability and play a key role in strategic deterrence on the regional and global scale,” he said.