It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
It has been years since Russia operated near the U.S. seaboard, thousands of miles from home ports.
"What's interesting is, they haven't been able to do this in some time, and now they are. It indicates a return to their ability to do this," the senior defense official said.
Russia's navy fleet and two nuclear submarines have been scrambled as efforts intensified to locate the Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea and its 15-strong Russian crew.
And if the cargo is only worth 1.6 million ... why all the fuss of scrambling Russian subs?
American ships go down all the time (worth more than 1.6 million), but I can't remember the last time we sent Subs to the rescue - backed-up, of course, by space-based technology.
One thing's for sure ... something's afoot.
In other words, when he found out that the vessel was "missing", the Russian President rushed through a law which allowed him to deploy the Russian Navy, to combat piracy?
The Russians now have at least FIVE warships hunting for the vessel, and it's cargo of.... timber???