U.S., Russian warships visit Port Sudan; Russia plans base there

U.S., Russian warships visit Port Sudan; Russia plans base there
Sailors attach the ships banner to the brow of the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) as it arrives in Port Sudan, Sudan for a scheduled port visit, March 1, 2021. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Louis Thompson Staats IV, USN)

[Ed. – Russia’s not joining the party in Djibouti, and it looks like a 10-year-old hint about going back to Socotra Island (off Yemen) is a non-starter.  It will be interesting to have Russia embedded inside the Red Sea, while the U.S. and China have opted for basing just outside of it, in Djibouti.  Everyone recognizes the elevated stakes with Iran aspiring to control the Yemeni coast – thus dominating the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait – and the Biden administration clearly planning to allow that.  Geography is a stern taskmaster.]

A US warship docked in Sudan Monday a day after a Russian frigate arrived in the same key Red Sea port where Moscow is planning to establish a naval logistics base, an AFP correspondent said.

The arrival of the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill to Port Sudan follows Washington’s delisting of Khartoum as state sponsors of terrorism, following the April 2019 ouster of strongman Omar al-Bashir.

An expeditionary fast transport ship, the USNS Carson City, had already docked in the port on February 24, the “first US navy ship to visit Sudan in decades”, the US embassy in Khartoum said in a statement at the time. …

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The USS Churchill docked shortly after Russia’s Admiral Grigorovich frigate arrived in Port Sudan, where the Russian navy said “a logistical support base” would be created.

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