I can’t get all worked up after spending my wonder bread years fighting the Soviet Navy in the bad old days. Today, the once powerful Baltic, Northern and Black Sea fleets can be casrept/no-op’d in minutes with a couple of well-placed Tomahawk strikes from nearby LA or VA Class SSNs (yep, we still do that).
Thank God this Russia isn’t the Soviet Union of the 60’s and 70’s. They once kept 40-50 SSNs/GNs/BNs deployed (deployed!) in North Atlantic alone. I used to swear at their radio room guys on VHF that I’d bury them, and I finally did.
Putin doesn’t have the stick his predecessors had.