Russia's Incredible Shrinking Navy: Can Putin Grow It Back?
The National Interest -

David Axe

Security, Eurasia

Russia's president announced some new buys. But that's not the whole picture.

Key Point: Is the Russian Navy sinking? 

The Russia fleet in 2019 will take delivery of 23 new surface vessels, two new submarines and three new aircraft, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced.

The numbers on their face are impressive. But in fact, most of the surface ships are small warships and support vessels. As such, 2019 continues the Russian fleet’s long-term trend toward fewer...

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