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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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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?
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OK, so lets blab about it to the press, by all means.
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.
“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.
I wonder what they picked up.
“Emeeeeergency, everybody to be getting from street.”
Maybe they were looking for 'Horrywood'!
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