This is coolbert:
The Russians are coming!
From ABC and the article by Andrew Greene thanks to the tip from Freeper:
"Australian Defence Force on heightened alert during Russian military exercise in Indonesia"
"Defence personnel in Darwin were operating at 'increased readiness' earlier this month as Russian strategic bombers conducted navigation exercises close to Australia, flying out of an Indonesian military base. The ABC can reveal RAAF Base Darwin was placed on a 'short period' of heightened alert, while over 100 Russian personnel and several aircraft were stationed at the Biak Airbase in Indonesia's eastern Papua province."
These evidently are Tu-95 Bear long-range bomber aircraft on a surveillance and intelligence gathering mission?
THIS IS ALL IN RESPONSE TO THE AMERICAN PRESENCE IN DARWIN?
Chinese naval surveillance of Australia first. Then the admonishments and threats of Kim. NOW the Russians.