Skip to comments.Russian Sub Skirts Coast
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 Russias 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 basesKings Bayis reminiscent of Cold War activities of the Soviet navy tracking the movements of our SSBNs, said a third U.S. official,
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“Tell Vlad that I’ll have more flexibility on November 7!”
Meanwhile in Moscow a periscope pops out of a manhole cover.
Nothing to see here, move along.
Since we know about it, it was tailed by Virginia class sub.
“Andrei... you’ve lost another submarine?”
So if Russkie pops open a hatch, we’ll send her to the bottom.
But can we let her take out Phlly first?
Does this mean that Hillary did not reset our relations with Russia?
Agent 13 is that you?
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?
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?
They’re just checking that cable tap between Washington and Kenya.
I think there is also a 200 mile exclusion zone but its primarily for economic reasons like keeping foreign fishing vessels out.
I’m thankful to the Ruskies for providing our Navy with free targets.
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.
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.
"Andrei...you've lost another submarine?"
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