Russian aircraft has sunk four US-made Willard Sea Force cutters

In a recent confrontation on the waters of the Black Sea, located to the west of the Crimean peninsula, Russian warplanes successfully thwarted an effort by Ukrainian forces to land. The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed this event, as reported by TASS, cited by They revealed that the operation led to the destruction of four US military cutters under the banner of ‘Willard Sea Force,’ along with their respective crews.

Russian aircraft has sunk four US-made Willard Sea Force cutters
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In the official proclamation, it was indicated that the force, poised for landing, was en route to Cape Tarkhankut, a geographical entity recognized as the furthest western expanse of the Crimean peninsula.

In a recent development, the Ministry of Defense in Russia proclaimed a significant naval incident in the Black Sea. According to their account, “four military vessels ferrying landing contingents of Ukrainian commandos, totaling up to 50 personnel” met a disastrous fate and were submerged.

In a subsequent statement, the Russian Ministry confirmed the incident involving a Su-30 fighter jet, which had effectively sunk a motorboat. This event transpired to the east of Snake Island, near the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, and alarmingly near the territorial waters of Romania.

In the waning days of August, the Russian defense force disseminated video evidence of a noteworthy occurrence. The footage vividly captured a Russian combat aircraft, with calculated precision, obliterating a high-speed marine vessel manufactured in the United States. This vessel was reportedly ferrying a Ukrainian amphibious assault squad in the vicinity of Snake Island. To date, Ukrainian authorities have maintained an enigmatic silence in response to this disclosure.

August 30

In a recent incident at the close of August [August 30], a Russian Naval aircraft reportedly launched an assault, resulting in the sinking of four vessels bearing Ukrainian commandos, as per the declaration of the Russian Ministry of Defense, referenced by TASS. As of the present moment, there has been no official commentary or response from Kyiv concerning this incident.

Russian aircraft has sunk four US-made Willard Sea Force cutters
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In the early hours of August 30, the Russian Defense Ministry issued a formal statement announcing a significant military operation conducted by the Black Sea Fleet. The operation resulted in the neutralization of four military motorboats in the Black Sea, believed to be carrying a contingent of up to 50 Ukrainian special forces personnel. The statement, however, refrained from disclosing the precise geographical coordinates of this engagement.

The previous week, a claim surfaced from Ukrainian military intelligence, stating they had strategically deployed a unit of commandos along the Crimean coastline. Their mission was symbolic yet significant: to hoist the Ukrainian flag high on the occasion of the nation’s Independence Day. Despite this bold statement, the Russian Ministry of Defense maintained a conspicuous silence, opting not to issue any comment or reaction to the announcement made by the Ukrainian military intelligence.

About Willard Sea Force cutter

The USCGC [United States Coast Guard Cutter] Willard Sea Force is a class of patrol boats used by the United States Coast Guard. These cutters were built by the Willard Marine Company and are designed to operate in shallow waters. They are primarily used for maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, and coastal defense missions.

The technical characteristics of the USCGC Willard Sea Force cutter include a length of 87 feet, a beam of 22 feet, and a draft of 6 feet. They have a displacement of 154 tons and can reach a maximum speed of 25 knots. The cutters are powered by two MTU 8V2000 M94 diesel engines and have a range of 900 nautical miles.

The armament of the USCGC Willard Sea Force cutter includes a remote-controlled Mk38 25mm machine gun and two M2HB .50 caliber machine guns. They also have provisions for carrying small arms such as M4 carbines and shotguns. The cutters are equipped with advanced communication and navigation systems, including radar, GPS, and VHF radios, to ensure effective mission execution.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On the 21st of February, 2022, allegations emerged from Russia, asserting that a border facility under the jurisdiction of their Federal Security Service [FSB] had been decimated due to an aggressive shelling operation purportedly executed by Ukrainian forces. According to the Russian authorities, this unexpected and violent incursion resulted in the unfortunate demise of five Ukrainian combatants.

Ukraine, however, vehemently repudiated involvement in both occurrences, categorizing them as nothing more than deceptive maneuvers, or ‘false flags’.

In a significant development on the very day, the Russian government extended formal recognition to the self-proclaimed entities of DPR and LPR. This recognition, as per Putin, was not confined merely to the territories under their de-facto control, but encompassed the entire Ukrainian Oblasts. In an ensuing move, Putin commanded the mobilization of Russian military forces, inclusive of tanks, into the said regions.

Russia hit the plant producing the missiles that sunk cruiser Moscow
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In a significant geopolitical development on the 24th of February, 2022, President Vladimir Putin of Russia commanded an aggressive military invasion into Ukraine. This act of aggression was executed by Russia’s formidable Armed Forces, which had been strategically amassed along the Ukrainian border in a show of ominous intent. 

This invasion was not a random act of violence, but a meticulously planned operation, characterized by precise airstrikes that targeted key military infrastructures within the Ukrainian territory. Concurrently, an armored division of tanks rolled in from the Belarusian frontier, further intensifying the scale and impact of the offensive.

The Russian administration thus far has refrained from acknowledging the ongoing incursion into Ukraine as a “war”. This, despite the fact that the unfolding events bear all the hallmarks of a military conflict. Instead, the Kremlin insists on terming it a “special military operation”.


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