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Russian Sub Skirts Coast
freebeacon.com ^ | November 5, 2012 5:05 pm | Bill Gertz

Posted on 11/06/2012 9:48:22 AM PST by BenLurkin

A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of the East Coast recently in the latest sign Russia is continuing to flex its naval and aerial power against the United States, defense officials said.

The submarine was identified by its NATO designation as a Russian Seirra-2 class submarine believed to be based with Russia’s Northern Fleet. It was the first time that class of Russian submarine had been detected near a U.S. coast, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of anti-submarine warfare efforts.

One defense official said the submarine was believed to have been conducting anti-submarine warfare efforts against U.S. ballistic and cruise missile submarines based at Kings Bay, Georgia.

A second official said the submarine did not sail close to Kings Bay and also did not threaten a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group that was conducting exercises in the eastern Atlantic.

Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, north of Jacksonville, Fla., is homeport for two guided missile submarines and six nuclear missile submarines. The submarines are known to be a target of Russian attack submarines.

Meanwhile, the officials also said that a Russian electronic intelligence-gathering vessel was granted safe harbor in the commercial port of Jacksonville, Fla., within listening range of Kings Bay.

The Russian AGI ship, or Auxiliary-General Intelligence, was allowed to stay in the port to avoid the superstorm that battered the U.S. East Coast last week. A Jacksonville Port Authority spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the Russian AGI at the port.

“A Russian AGI and an SSN in the same geographic area as one of the largest U.S. ballistic missile submarine bases—Kings Bay—is reminiscent of Cold War activities of the Soviet navy tracking the movements of our SSBN’s,” said a third U.S. official,

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: billgertz; coldwar2; eastcoast; russiansub

1 posted on 11/06/2012 9:48:24 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

“Tell Vlad that I’ll have more flexibility on November 7!”


2 posted on 11/06/2012 9:54:28 AM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: BenLurkin

Meanwhile in Moscow a periscope pops out of a manhole cover.


3 posted on 11/06/2012 9:58:38 AM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: BenLurkin

Nothing to see here, move along.


4 posted on 11/06/2012 9:59:08 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: BenLurkin

Since we know about it, it was tailed by Virginia class sub.


5 posted on 11/06/2012 9:59:55 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: BenLurkin

“Andrei... you’ve lost another submarine?”


6 posted on 11/06/2012 10:01:48 AM PST by NeverForgetBataan (I am become Barry... destroyer of wealth)
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To: Red Steel

So if Russkie pops open a hatch, we’ll send her to the bottom.

But can we let her take out Phlly first?


7 posted on 11/06/2012 10:02:23 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
Recognizing that this used to happen all the time during the Cold War ...

Does this mean that Hillary did not reset our relations with Russia?

8 posted on 11/06/2012 10:02:29 AM PST by tom h
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To: BigCinBigD

Agent 13 is that you?


9 posted on 11/06/2012 10:03:16 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: BenLurkin

To be fair, that’s precisely what they are supposed to do.

WE are supposed to keep them from doing this unmolested.

They’re doing their part, are we doing ours?


10 posted on 11/06/2012 10:05:02 AM PST by null and void (Day 1386 of the Obama hostage crisis - Barack Hussein Obama an enemy BOTH foreign AND domestic)
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To: BenLurkin

A curious question I have...

If International waters are like 12 miles off the coast, then what is the problem if a russian sub is 200 miles off the coast?

Granted, seeing a Russian aircraft carrier and all, 13 miles off the coast would be considered “hostile”? Is there a buffer zone, or courteous zone, so that folks don’t get into a dangerous game?


11 posted on 11/06/2012 10:05:18 AM PST by Professional
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To: BenLurkin

They’re just checking that cable tap between Washington and Kenya.


12 posted on 11/06/2012 10:09:08 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: BenLurkin
If Obama is reelected he will offer to homeport those things in Newport and San Francisco.
13 posted on 11/06/2012 10:10:17 AM PST by oyez ( .Affordable Care is neither affordable nor care.)
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To: Professional

I think there is also a 200 mile exclusion zone but its primarily for economic reasons like keeping foreign fishing vessels out.


14 posted on 11/06/2012 10:10:59 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: BenLurkin

I’m thankful to the Ruskies for providing our Navy with free targets.


15 posted on 11/06/2012 10:10:58 AM PST by Seruzawa (Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for good a blaster kid.)
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To: oyez
If Obama is reelected he will offer to homeport those things in Newport and San Francisco.

Useless trivia. During the civil war Lincoln allowed Russian navy vessels to berth in New York Harbor and San Francisco harbor ( unless I got the east coast port wrong ).

In that case they were to help protect against English attack or so I understand.
16 posted on 11/06/2012 10:14:07 AM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: BenLurkin

I wonder if we have underwater robots that can attach tracking devices on Russian subs. Seems like a really good idea.

Or maybe just spraypaint “US Navy says howdeedo!” on the side of the hull. Could be a hoot.


17 posted on 11/06/2012 10:15:11 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: Professional
I don't quite understand how it works. There are multiple zones but military vessels are probably subject to a whole different set of treaties.

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18 posted on 11/06/2012 10:17:35 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: BenLurkin

duplicate post.

and why is it news that a russian sub is 200 miles off our coast...or within 12 miles for that matter?

happens every day.

been there, done that.

SSN 663


19 posted on 11/06/2012 10:17:42 AM PST by Hammerhead
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To: buffaloguy

"Andrei...you've lost another submarine?"

20 posted on 11/06/2012 10:18:23 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: null and void
They’re doing their part, are we doing ours?

Since we know about the presence of the Russian boat, we obviously are doing our job. It was likely tracked and followed since it left its' home port.

This is nothing new. Back during the cold war whenever we left port, there was a Soviet trawler out in international waters watching us leave and reporting our movements. It's part of the game.

What is surprising is that this info was leaked...I don't understand what's to be gained by telling Ivan that we know their boat is there. Now that they know that we know, they know our ASW capabilities are superior to their stealth capabilities. Why hand them that info?
21 posted on 11/06/2012 10:19:27 AM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared.....for what's coming AFTER America.)
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To: cripplecreek

Didn’t russians play a game with their bombers, where they flew them out in a hostile fashion, then play a game of chicken? Was it Iceland they flew at, then turned around?


22 posted on 11/06/2012 10:20:52 AM PST by Professional
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To: dfwgator

Threadwinner!


23 posted on 11/06/2012 10:28:21 AM PST by Seruzawa (Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for good a blaster kid.)
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To: BenLurkin

Get Your Daily Dose of Rejuvenating Manly Radiation Every Day - Join the Russian Navy.


24 posted on 11/06/2012 10:29:14 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: BenLurkin
officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of anti-submarine warfare efforts

OK, so lets blab about it to the press, by all means.

25 posted on 11/06/2012 10:41:09 AM PST by Nevermore (...just a typical cracker, clinging to my Constitutional rights...)
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To: BenLurkin
Not a big deal, we do this sort of stuff all the time, and the Russians do it as much as they can, which will be steadily more.

This is intelligence and training not threatening or or Sabre rattling. Rarely have mistakes been made and the Russians have moved away from their communist cold war paranoia, so more are less likely.

26 posted on 11/06/2012 10:43:52 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: rottndog

“Back during the cold war whenever we left port, there was a Soviet trawler out in international waters watching us leave and reporting our movements. It’s part of the game.”

Yes, I remember this, Many times coming into and out of
Chesapeake we would see these Russian trawlers with a lot of radio antennas. Strange thing was, for being a fishing boat, you didn’t see any sea gulls around it.


27 posted on 11/06/2012 10:49:40 AM PST by navyblue (<u>)
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To: BenLurkin

I wonder what they picked up.


28 posted on 11/06/2012 10:54:24 AM PST by GBA (Vote as if your Freedom depends on it...)
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To: navyblue
Strange thing was, for being a fishing boat, you didn’t see any sea gulls around it.

Isn't seagull a Russian delicacy? Gotta eat something...
29 posted on 11/06/2012 10:54:36 AM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared.....for what's coming AFTER America.)
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To: BenLurkin

30 posted on 11/06/2012 10:56:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

“Emeeeeergency, everybody to be getting from street.”


31 posted on 11/06/2012 11:33:20 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("Change your clocks today and your President on Tuesday")
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To: NeverForgetBataan
“Andrei... you’ve lost another submarine?”

Maybe they were looking for 'Horrywood'!


32 posted on 11/06/2012 11:49:52 AM PST by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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