(Great Power War) Without a doubt, today’s Russian navy is a shell of what Moscow put to sea during the days of the Soviet Union and the Cold War — but it’s better than what it was throughout most of the 1990s and early 2000s.
That said, despite improvements in some capabilities, mostly undersea, the Russian fleet continues to have its operational problems.
According to a regional outlet (Maritime Bullitin), the “Russian Navy Landing ship ORSK, Project 1171 (Tapir), commissioned 1968, displacement 4650, capacity up to 1500 tons of cargo and vehicles, crew 55, Black Sea Russian Navy Fleet,” suffered an engine failure during a routine cruise in the Mediterranean and had to be towed back to Sevastopol.
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