BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – A U.S. warplane was tracked off the coast of Tartous this morning as the Russian Navy prepares to begin their large-scale naval drills in the eastern Mediterranean.

According to Manu Gomez (Twitter: @GDarkconrad), a USAF RC-135 River Joint aircraft was tracked flying along the Syrian coast where the Russian Navy has its largest presence in the Mediterranean waters.

Furthermore, Gomez tracked a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon boat that was heading towards the eastern Mediterranean from southern Greece.

The Russian Navy is scheduled to kick off a large-scale military exercise in the eastern Mediterranean that will be led by their Black Sea Fleet in the coming days.

The Black Sea Fleet is one of the most powerful naval units currently in service for the Russian Navy; it is one of the only units in the world that possesses a submarine armed with nuclear warheads.

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RikRamz Simz

Doesn’t it get tiring that Journalist across the world keep writing and lionising these Russian weapons that are not combat tested? If they were what they claim they are the Russians will be negotiating a stronger position rather acting like the first old wife in a polygamous marriage..

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Any one can track these as they keep their civilian transponders on since they’re not in combat missions and there is civilian traffic and ATC around.
Just go to flyradar.com and you can “track” these and any civilian or military aircraft transponder in real time!

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One idiot thumbdowner not knowing what flyradar.com is!
Actually, Manu Gomèz did nothing else than screenshots : you absolutely recognise Flyradar’s GUI on his pictures!