Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Russian Warship To Transit Panama Canal

via Drudge Report

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian warship will sail through the Panama Canal this week for the first time since World War II, the navy announced Wednesday, pushing ahead with a symbolic projection of Moscow's power in a traditional U.S. zone of influence.

The destroyer Admiral Chabanenko will arrive Friday at a former U.S. naval base in Panama's Pacific port of Balboa for a six-day visit after carrying out joint maneuvers with the Venezuelan navy in the Caribbean Sea, navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said in a telephone interview.

The "former U.S. naval base" was Rodman Naval Base, which I visited more than once during the early 80's, when the Panama Canal Zone was still U.S. Property. I spent a fair amount of time at the club there, but even more at nearby Howard Air Force Base, which was much larger and, typical of USAF bases, much nicer than Rodman.

I guess I'll have to tag this one as Hoodah Thunkit; who'd have thought a Russian destroyer would stop for a port visit at a former US Naval base in the Panama Canal zone?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope I'm not being too much of a jerk when I say, this type of "force projection" seems engineered solely to impress the media and Russia. The American and British navies are more likely to point and laugh at the Russian navy as it goes sailing by.