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A Russian intelligence-gathering ship has been operating off the U.S. East Coast and near the Gulf of Mexico for the past month, the Pentagon said Thursday.
“We are aware that the Russian ships Viktor Leonov and Nikolay Chiker are currently operating in waters that are beyond U.S. territorial seas but near Cuba,” said Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman. “We respect the freedom of all nations, as reflected in international law, to operate military vessels beyond the territorial seas of other nations.”
The Leonov is an intelligence gathering ship outfitted with high-tech electronic spying gear. The Chiker is an ocean-going naval tug that has been accompanying the spy ship on its mission.
Pentagon officials suspect the ships were part of a spying operation since March against the U.S. nuclear missile submarine base at Kings Bay, Ga. and other U.S. military facilities
Both ships were detected operating off the coast of Florida near the U.S. Naval Station Mayport, Fla., which is south of the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.
The Russian intelligence gathering coincides with heightened tensions between the United States and Russia over Moscow’s recent military annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.
The ship is observing the launch of Falcon 9 SpaceX CRS3 scheduled for early Sunday morning from the SLC-40 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon C3 for its fifth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station.
a reply to: matafuchs
Amid heightened fears of Russias plans for a New Soviet Union this is not good news to read.
Seems that the Russians are off the US Coast and have been for over a month that we are being made aware of
In 2012 a Russian sub was found off the east coast.
Eavesdropping as well as testing if they could get close enough for an EMP strike maybe?
a reply to: Rocker2013
Please, it's more like a "Russian abusive drunken husband".
originally posted by: deadcalm
Thats not even remotely funny....however...I'm going to guess that you are an American...cause only Americans woukld be arrogant and stupid enough to belittle Russia's military ability.
During WW2 the Germans had the finest technology and soldiers in the world...while the Russians were still dragging artillery around with horses and they handed the German's their a$$es.
Russia isn't Iraq...they will fight back....and to the bitter end if they have to. Ignore history at your peril.
And just what exactly does WW2 USSR have to do with modern Russia again?