Starter: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2766733/President-Vladimir-Putin-orders-vast-expansion-Russia-s-Black-Sea-fleet.html Putin may turn out to be only the third Russian (after Peter the Great and Admiral Gorshkov) to understand the importance of sea power. NB his other plan to revivify an old base in the Arctic. Possible questions include: Are the extra ships going to be new build or merely rebalancing of other fleets? How will he fund all this (esp. considering current financial and other sanctions)? Can a larger fleet be manned in terms of key skills? What are Putin's actual aims? In your own time, go on. P.S. Test thread for RR itself.