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The Pacific Fleet has an airfield on Matua

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The military airfield on the island of the Kurile Ridge of Matua, capable of receiving light military transport aircraft and helicopters, guards and serves the Pacific unit fleet, commander of the Pacific Fleet Admiral Sergey Avakyants said


At the moment, on the island of Matua there is a military airfield, which is capable of receiving light military transport planes and helicopters. For the functioning of the airfield, the corresponding infrastructure has been created, which is protected and maintained by the Pacific Fleet division. The staff is provided with all necessary
- Avakyants said in an interview with the newspaper of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation "Red Star", published on the website of the publication on Monday.

The Pacific Fleet has an airfield on Matua


Matua Island is located in the middle part of the Kuril Ridge and is of strategic importance - it locks the entrance to the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. During World War II, a Japanese airfield was located on the island, whose runway was heated by water from hot springs, and a heavy artillery battery. The approach to the island is protected by a system of pillboxes and underground passages, built so soundly that fortifications are suitable for use even now.

At the Potsdam Conference 1945, US President Truman turned to Stalin with a request to provide Matua for the US Air Force base. He agreed on the condition that the Soviet Union would be able to build an airfield on one of the Aleutian Islands. The question was no longer raised.

After the decision was made to establish the base of the Pacific Fleet, Matua was thoroughly examined by expeditions of the Ministry of Defense and the Russian Geographical Society. An airfield was built, the first aircraft landed on it at the end of 2017.

In the autumn of 2016, it was officially announced that Russia had deployed the latest coastal missile systems, the Ball and Bastion, on the Kuril Islands. Combat duty with reinforced batteries is carried by the division of the Bastion complex on Iturup Island and the division of the Bal complex on Kunashir Island, the Pacific Fleet newspaper Fighting Watch reported.

On the islands of the Kuril ridge deployed machine-gun artillery division. In May 2017, the press service of the Eastern Military District reported that the division received new models of weapons and military equipment, including drones. It was reported that for the military in the Kuril Islands is the development of infrastructure.

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Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. Hunter 2
    Hunter 2 5 March 2018 13: 13
    +26
    No wonder the expeditions carried out! Great news! soldier Japan mom - will cry! crying
    1. St Petrov
      St Petrov 5 March 2018 13: 20
      +17
      Because sovereignty. And these are our islands =]

      Now we are reading the version of our opposition about why the tyrant is pretending to strengthen defense capability, and he himself transfers the money to treasury bonds of the US government belay although now we'll see what they’ll write, maybe they’ve come up with something new

      such little things as an airfield on an island near Japan do not cause them pleasure. It would be better if they handed out to pensioners, as they say
      1. Nasrat
        Nasrat 5 March 2018 13: 26
        +9
        Say the opposition ... we know such ... there are plenty of milk-suckers, with brainwashed - that’s the whole opposition ...
        1. aikon1974
          aikon1974 5 March 2018 16: 49
          +12
          From the face you can see that this child is not in poverty. And the fact that in the brains there is no gyrus is the problem of society. Today, all the ** th on them. Schools can only provide services, not teach and educate.
          1. Victor Lozovsky
            Victor Lozovsky 5 March 2018 20: 39
            +3
            Mitrofanushka with an ass instead of a head
        2. tv70
          tv70 6 March 2018 14: 00
          0
          Respected! And this is what you set for the picture, I thought natural selection of such nonsense, has long led. Straight upset.
      2. Monos
        Monos 5 March 2018 13: 39
        +22
        Quote: s-t Petrov
        It would be better if they handed out to pensioners, as they say

        What pensioners! Homeless dogs need to be fed! Gay Pride in Moscow has not yet been held! The geniuses of artistic fucking are repressed on stage! Belarusian hamon does not reach the shelves. Deeper problems need to be opened! And you are "Senior Citizens ..."
    2. Zhelezyakin
      Zhelezyakin 5 March 2018 13: 25
      +3
      Quote: Hunter 2
      Japan mom - will cry!

      Do not cry, but sob with combustible crocodile tears! Not enough water around them ?!)))
    3. Andrey K
      Andrey K 5 March 2018 13: 26
      +14
      Quote: Hunter 2
      ... Japanese mom - will cry! ...

      Japanese mother will go ashore - he will look through binoculars and express his protest.
      We are cultured, polite people - we will sympathize with them that they don’t have a Matua like ours laughing
      1. bouncyhunter
        bouncyhunter 5 March 2018 13: 30
        +10
        Andrey, hello be! hi
        Quote: Andrey K
        they don’t have a Matua like ours

        And will not be! bully
        At the Potsdam Conference 1945, US President Truman turned to Stalin with a request to provide Matua for the US Air Force base. He agreed on the condition that the Soviet Union would be able to build an airfield on one of the Aleutian Islands. The question was no longer raised.

        good I applaud while standing!
        1. Andrey K
          Andrey K 5 March 2018 14: 02
          +11
          bouncyhunter
          Greetings Pash hi
          Regarding the Stalinist way of resolving issues - there is something to learn laughing good
          1. Captain45
            Captain45 5 March 2018 16: 00
            +9
            Quote: Andrey K
            Regarding the Stalinist way of resolving issues - there is something to learn

            Today is 65 years since the death of the outstanding head of the Soviet state, Comrade Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich. Silent and standing.
            1. standan
              standan 5 March 2018 21: 48
              +2
              Standing silently applaud
        2. tv70
          tv70 6 March 2018 14: 02
          +1
          Support, with both hands!
    4. Vasyan1971
      Vasyan1971 5 March 2018 13: 35
      +2
      Quote: Hunter 2
      No wonder the expeditions carried out! Great news! soldier Japan mom - will cry! crying

      What a nightmare! Harakiri still in fashion?
    5. siberalt
      siberalt 5 March 2018 13: 52
      0
      Now there remains to plant potatoes and build a fish factory. All the soldiers will come in handy. winked
    6. antivirus
      antivirus 5 March 2018 14: 02
      0
      the main thing - dad will cry
    7. cats
      cats 5 March 2018 14: 44
      +6
      Why is it always written, Ball and Bastion?
      Bastion and Ball .. sounds better .. winked
      1. Hunter 2
        Hunter 2 5 March 2018 15: 08
        +5
        Quote: Kotovsky
        Why is it always written, Ball and Bastion?
        Bastion and Ball .. sounds better .. winked

        Hussars - girls dance (so that there are new Hussars), and when it is NECESSARY - they stand and die for the Motherland!
        Ball and Bastion - the best fit in the sense! yes
      2. tv70
        tv70 6 March 2018 14: 04
        0
        Much better and more sonorous, even sobering up ... fool
    8. Vladimir 5
      Vladimir 5 7 May 2018 11: 25
      -1
      It is not necessary that the neighbors cry, it is better that they rejoice, and therefore politics should be thought out. (quotas for fishing seafood, tourist ...) We can’t give the Kuril Islands, because then the world post-war distribution of territories will sprinkle (how to release gin from a bottle). Regarding Matua, in the photo the cove needs to be expanded and deepened, earthwork with powerful equipment is not very expensive, and a decent pier and harbor are necessary. (China even poured into the shallow airfield)
  2. Vard
    Vard 5 March 2018 13: 13
    +17
    "At the Potsdam Conference of 1945, US President Truman asked Stalin to provide Matua with the US Air Force base. He agreed to the condition that the Soviet Union could build an airfield on one of the Aleutian Islands. The question was no longer raised." Here's how to talk to them ... And he did not refuse, and even agreed ...
    1. Andrey K
      Andrey K 5 March 2018 13: 27
      +16
      Quote: Vard
      ... Here's how to talk to them ... And he did not refuse, and even agreed ...

      Test-trolling of comrade Stalin laughing
    2. CentDo
      CentDo 5 March 2018 13: 45
      0
      What delighted you so much? In my opinion, the Americans made a huge mistake by not agreeing to such conditions. Having a base on Matua, they would control the entire Sea of ​​Okhotsk, and the distance to Sakhalin and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (and Vilyuchinsk is also nearby) does not exceed 700 km. And what advantages could the USSR have gained by having an airfield somewhere on Attu Island?
      1. faiver
        faiver 5 March 2018 17: 01
        +2
        what nafig Vilyuchinsk in 45 a year? who then needed him?
        1. CentDo
          CentDo 5 March 2018 18: 23
          0
          Ok, Vilyuchinsk you can throw. Is everything else normal?
          1. faiver
            faiver 5 March 2018 19: 55
            0
            in the 45 year, Sakhalin and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky were not strategically important
            1. CentDo
              CentDo 6 March 2018 10: 37
              0
              Yeah, in general in the Far East there was nothing strategically important. What is wrong with the American base, which, in fact, is on our territory, and the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, turned into a passage yard?
              And where does the 45th year come from? Do you think the head of state should not think about the future? Or did Stalin think that the USSR did not need the Far East?
              1. faiver
                faiver 6 March 2018 10: 44
                +1
                the point is that the ITT could not in 45 predict what the Sea of ​​Okhotsk will turn into and what it will matter, and the Americans are pissed off in life
                1. CentDo
                  CentDo 6 March 2018 10: 54
                  +1
                  The salt is that IVS should was suggesting it. Comrade Stalin was not a fool. If he did not understand the importance of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, he would not have taken all the Kuril Islands from the Japanese. So I repeat: I do not understand the admiration for such a proposal by Stalin. If the United States were not afraid, now we would have a bunch of unnecessary problems.
                  1. faiver
                    faiver 6 March 2018 11: 02
                    0
                    Yeah, the IVS in the 45 year suggested that our 667 BDRMs would be on duty in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk? funny
                    1. CentDo
                      CentDo 6 March 2018 12: 51
                      0
                      Read the appeal of Stalin from 02.09.1945/XNUMX/XNUMX. Unlike you, he perfectly understood the importance of the Kuril Islands.
                      1. faiver
                        faiver 6 March 2018 15: 48
                        0
                        we initially spoke about the possibility of finding American military outposts off our coasts and vice versa, as well as the possibility of delivering nuclear strikes on each other’s territories, and not in terms of restoring historical justice ...
                  2. DenZ
                    DenZ 6 March 2018 13: 51
                    0
                    Quote: CentDo
                    If the United States weren’t afraid, now we would have a bunch of unnecessary problems

                    If they had not been frightened then (in the 45th), they would have been frightened now if our base were now on the Aleutian Islands.
                    1. CentDo
                      CentDo 6 March 2018 14: 06
                      0
                      Would it be? 90s remember. Yes, even if they saved (which is very unlikely), then what would she give? See where Attu Island, which I already mentioned, is located. Well, we have a half-dead airfield there, what's next?
                      1. DenZ
                        DenZ 6 March 2018 16: 47
                        0
                        Reasonings like "what if" can be continued forever. Now we have what we have.
    3. Tarasios
      Tarasios 5 March 2018 14: 28
      +1
      Well, Americans don’t like symmetrical answers for some reason :)
  3. ul_vitalii
    ul_vitalii 5 March 2018 13: 23
    +8
    Yeah ... we don’t have enough Stalinist humor, Eun and that one, covered with sanctions, like a dog with fleas, dare in any tonalities. request
  4. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 5 March 2018 13: 24
    +1
    Military servicemen on the island are probably changing on a rotational basis. If you sit on the island, whatever infrastructure you conquer from happiness.
    1. max702
      max702 5 March 2018 13: 39
      +3
      Quote: Alexander 3
      Military servicemen on the island are probably changing on a rotational basis. If you sit on the island, whatever infrastructure you conquer from happiness.

      And when you work on a shift for 12-16 hours a day without days off and for three or four months you probably dance from happiness? Everyone has their own work!
      1. Alex-a832
        Alex-a832 5 March 2018 16: 24
        +2
        Quote: max702
        And when you work on a shift for 12-16 hours a day without days off and for three or four months you probably dance from happiness? Everyone has their own work!

        Please enlighten - this is where in the state structures, incl. Sun such conditions for 16 hours. 12 norm for a watch. But if we are discussing the sun, then we must talk about the daily allowance. For a long time everywhere everything has been brought back to normal, not like it was in the 90s.
        1. max702
          max702 6 March 2018 00: 32
          0
          Stroytransgaz, for example, and many others .. for in words 10-12 hours in real life it’s 12-16, or even more .. And about the army, there’s another story .. I’m just saying that the army is by no means a nightmare compared to the current civilian bourgeois sector, that’s where all the juices squeeze Duc it is there ..
    2. woron333444
      woron333444 5 March 2018 14: 52
      +2
      My son has a friend on Iturup. Already served a pension and still serves. Not going to leave. The kid is 34 years old.
  5. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 5 March 2018 13: 26
    +5
    I wonder if they found something interesting there during the expedition ... And to supply what there the airfield was restored ...
    1. Orionvit
      Orionvit 5 March 2018 15: 23
      +1
      Quote: KVU-NSVD
      I wonder if they found something interesting during the expedition.

      They found nothing interesting. And if they did, they didn’t say it. And in general, what can be found at the old military base, on an island lost in the ocean? I myself am a lover of the unusual, but some lovers sculpt mysticism where, in general, it should not.
  6. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 5 March 2018 13: 27
    +4
    Good news. The Kuril Islands, of course, are far away, and serving there is not honey, but it is our land.
  7. Evil 55
    Evil 55 5 March 2018 13: 31
    +1
    Iskander there ... in the Far Eastern Kaliningrad ..
  8. svp67
    svp67 5 March 2018 13: 34
    +1
    The military airfield on the island of Kuril Ridge Matua, capable of receiving light military transport planes and helicopters, guards and serves the Pacific Fleet division, said the commander of the Pacific Fleet, Admiral Sergei Avakyants
    That's when the VTOL is not enough ...
  9. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 5 March 2018 13: 34
    +1
    "At the Potsdam Conference of 1945, US President Truman asked Stalin to provide Matua with the US Air Force base. He agreed to the condition that the Soviet Union would be able to build an airfield on one of the Aleutian Islands. The question was no longer raised."
    It seems that a similar story was in Italy under Mussolini. He agreed to build a mosque in Rome with the condition of the simultaneous construction of a Catholic temple in Mecca. How things are now, I don’t know. Not interesting somehow ... request
  10. Snail N9
    Snail N9 5 March 2018 13: 44
    0
    Well, since there is a unique runway heated by thermal waters, built by the Japanese, it’s a sin not to use it.
    1. faiver
      faiver 5 March 2018 14: 49
      +2
      it turned out to be a fairy tale, did not find thermal springs
  11. Xscorpion
    Xscorpion 5 March 2018 13: 47
    +2
    Quote: Alexander 3
    Military servicemen on the island are probably changing on a rotational basis. If you sit on the island, whatever infrastructure you conquer from happiness.


    Sit, don’t worry. Only on vacation once a year. And so on the islands everything is constant.
  12. Simon
    Simon 5 March 2018 13: 53
    +1
    At the Potsdam Conference 1945, US President Truman turned to Stalin with a request to provide Matua for the US Air Force base. He agreed on the condition that the Soviet Union would be able to build an airfield on one of the Aleutian Islands. The question was no longer raised. --- I think that soon the Americans themselves will give us the Aleutian Islands. Already our time is coming! wink But Stalin did well, quickly put Truman in his place. laughing good
  13. midshipman
    midshipman 5 March 2018 14: 34
    +5
    Was on it. They even flew in with a delegation of the US military. It was the year 1983. I have the honor.
    1. faiver
      faiver 5 March 2018 14: 48
      +2
      Excuse me, what was the American delegation doing in 83 there?
      1. midshipman
        midshipman 6 March 2018 20: 41
        +2
        The US military delegation arrived in the USSR with the goal of creating a single radio navigation field on the basis of our Tropic RSDN stations (US prototype Loran) in the Far East. We had a field, they do not. They persuaded us for a long time, examined the positions, consulted at the USSR Ministry of Defense, the US Embassy in Moscow and refused them. I took a position such that it is impossible to negotiate with the United States, these are our enemies. I have the honor.
  14. Hurricane70
    Hurricane70 5 March 2018 15: 10
    +3
    Quote: CentDo
    What delighted you so much? In my opinion, the Americans made a huge mistake by not agreeing to such conditions. Having a base on Matua, they would control the entire Sea of ​​Okhotsk, and the distance to Sakhalin and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (and Vilyuchinsk is also nearby) does not exceed 700 km. And what advantages could the USSR have gained by having an airfield somewhere on Attu Island?

    We were delighted that you do not know geography and are lazy to use the search before comparing the Matua and Aleutian islands, in the sense that this is supposedly an unequal version of Stalin!
    And by the way, for example:
    "Shemya Island - an outpost of avionics.
    The U.S. Army arrived on the island of Shemya * in landing barges on May 25, 1943 during operations against Japanese troops in the Pacific Ocean. On the island they were met by the remnants of the camp of the Japanese geodetic party and two graves of Russian sailors (most likely from the expedition of 1762). There was no more evidence of life on the island. In the fight against weather conditions more than with the Japanese troops, by the end of June an 3 km long unpaved runway was built on the island, and a bit later, by autumn, a hard-coated airfield with two 1,4 km long GDPs.
    B-25 bombers stationed on the island caused significant damage to the fleet and Japanese territory, and for the Japanese, the fact of basing planes on Shemya Island remained unsolved - they understood that they were being bombed from a base somewhere in the Aleutian Islands, but could not know specifically about the airfield on Chemier. Until the end of the war, they believed that the Americans were based on the neighboring island of Agattu. It is interesting that the aircraft based on the island lost 23 bombers in the battles and there was not a single incident, not a single accident at the airbase itself. It should be added that the long runway was built for the B-29 bombers, but they did not appear on this island in large numbers.
    During the Korean War, the air base also played a role related to transportation. Since 1956, Northwest Airlines used the airfield to refuel on its trans-Pacific routes. "
    Notice, from there the USA and Japan and even Korea are controlled ... And this is so, offhand ...
  15. Orionvit
    Orionvit 5 March 2018 15: 18
    +1
    deployed machine gun and artillery division.
    Too shy to ask, are heavy machine guns? So they would have written, a division of heavy machine guns. lol
    1. Hiller
      Hiller 7 March 2018 21: 52
      0
      18 Pulad (machine gun and artillery division) consisting of 51 OA. It is deployed on the islands: Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan. The only member of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
  16. earloop
    earloop 5 March 2018 17: 58
    0
    Flew to the "ball" to Matua, received a bastion on the "teeth".
  17. Wolka
    Wolka 5 March 2018 18: 43
    0
    just great
  18. Old military officer
    Old military officer 5 March 2018 20: 41
    +1
    How interesting, how great! Strengthening the line. I really liked the answer of Stalin to Truman. Look, lips rolled out. In the 50s and 60s, Pacific Fleet in these places organized exercises during the red fish spawning campaign and closed all the straits between the islands of the Kuril Ridge so that strangers would not climb and ruin or rob national wealth. And now the stationary base and the Sea of ​​Okhotsk are the inland sea of ​​Russia and are in great need of protection.
  19. PVL176
    PVL176 6 March 2018 00: 02
    0
    The place is strategically good, the business is useful. The main thing is to wash off in time, too dangerous volcano! Well, then again, on duty!
  20. Toxa bochik
    Toxa bochik 6 March 2018 01: 21
    0
    need to expand and get settled
  21. Jingibi
    Jingibi 6 March 2018 05: 03
    0
    To the question of the "northern territories" of our yellow brothers. Compare the population density of the main Japanese islands and Hokkaido. For service in Hokkaido in Japan there is a premium "for harsh conditions of service"
  22. Ivanov IV
    Ivanov IV 6 March 2018 16: 06
    0
    This is not an airfield, but a bicycle path. That's when they will take off for (at least) the SU-22, then ........
  23. CentDo
    CentDo 6 March 2018 16: 16
    0
    faiver,
    And where is historical justice? There are three words about her.
    "This means that South Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands will depart to the Soviet Union and from now on they will serve not as a means of tearing the Soviet Union from the ocean and the base of the Japanese attack on our Far East, but as a means of direct communication of the Soviet Union with the ocean and the base of our country's defense from the Japanese aggression. "
    There was nothing strategically important, and no one could have imagined what would appear? So you said? And Comrade Stalin, whom you are trying to defend (although no one attacked him), did not agree with you. And in the middle of this base of defense could appear an outpost of a potential enemy, if he had the courage.