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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, referring to the designation for ballistic missile submarines, SSBN.

“While I can’t talk about how we detected it, I can tell you that things worked the way they were supposed to,” the second official said, stating that the Russian submarine “poses no threat whatsoever.”

According to naval analysts, the Russian attack submarine is outfitted with SS-N-21 anti-submarine warfare missiles, as well as SS-N-16 anti-submarine warfare missiles. It also is equipped with torpedoes.

 

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  1. MN Patriot

    November 7th, 2012

     
  2. Blink

    November 7th, 2012

    With the increased flexibility granted to Obama yesterday our military will be detecting more Russian subs off our coast. As well as subs from other countries.

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  3. JustAl

    November 7th, 2012

    He’s just waiting for the election to be certified so he can pull into his new base. . . Norfolk.

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  4. CrustyB

    November 7th, 2012

    Now that we’re a committed Socialist state I don’t think they feel threatened by us anymore.

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  5. serfer62

    November 7th, 2012

    The sub will dock in Boston for the inaugeration

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  6. Carlos The Jackal

    November 7th, 2012

    Ready to torpedo a Romney win?

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  7. F.D.R. in Hell

    November 7th, 2012

    Forget the Russian sub…

    Worry about the empowered Moslems in your hometown.

    :evil:

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  8. J Frank Parnell

    November 7th, 2012

    Flexibility.

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  9. scr_north

    November 7th, 2012

    Up here in Canada we were hoping for US help in keeping the Russians out of our side of the Arctic. Now I can see Obama giving Putin free reign to push us out. As far as the sub off the coast I’ll bet the US had one of there own attack boats following the russian undetected but in four years it’s a real possibility the russians will get in way close and undetected because of massive defense cuts to pay for bigger social programs.

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  10. Commissar M

    November 7th, 2012

    With Chairman 0 still in office, Putin feels he has nothing to worry about. I’ve watched a growing Russian nationalism for at least a decade now and I’m not at all surprised by stuff like this. Look at the “warm and fuzzy” attitude towards the old USSR and the bitter, nasty hatred of the US that you see on Russian pop culture websites and among Russian commentors on the ‘net.

    I don’t think you’ll see a precise resurgence of the USSR with all the commie ideology but I definitely suspect you’ll see the rise of a very similar militaristic, nationalist-fascist thugocracy with territorial ambitions throughout Eastern Europe.

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  11. Commissar M

    November 7th, 2012

    scr_north said:
    “Up here in Canada we were hoping for US help in keeping the Russians out of our side of the Arctic. Now I can see Obama giving Putin free reign to push us out.”

    Which ties in to my next point. A LOT of other countries rely on the US for financial, material and actual force support to bolster their own defense plans. Of course, I’m not telling anyone here anything they don’t already know. Obama and his pals see America as a big, balkanized version of Sweden. The military will definitely be smaller and far less focused on, or capable of, force projection. Long story short… when you need us, we aren’t going to be there. We won’t even be capable of being there.

    I’d go even farther and say (although this is just my own wild-ass guess) that the long term plan is a unified defense force structure with very little of a “blue water” Navy and not much in the way of heavy weapons or force projection capability. Think of a blend of say the Japanese Self Defense Force and the Canadian Forces for structure and of the militaries of The Netherlands and Belgium (or even the US Army’s “Striker Brigades”) for the TO&E.

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  12. Billy Fuster

    November 7th, 2012

    Coming to save us from Obama I hope.

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  13. Bob M.

    November 8th, 2012

    I never thought I’d LIVE to see the day, when being hit by a Russian sub-launched nuke would be a GOOD thing, BUT…

    … I don’t know how to finish this sentence. :oops:

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