Originally posted by rmiller196
reply to post by jammer2012
Stealing a Russian sub is useful. What interest would there be in stealing an old freighter?
Someone might want to steal the secret cargo but not the whole ship.
And why would they call attention to themselves in so many ways?
I certainly think something is going on here but most of the simple conspiracy theories don't fit with the facts.
Hmmm, OK... how about this?
Those pesky Russians try to sneak some nukes, from Kaliningrad, via Finland, out to some of their buddies in the middle east or north Africa. Using a
Timber loaded freighter as cover.
The US secret services find out, and send in an elite forces unit, under the cover story of being of Scandinavian DEA, on light but fast inflatables
or RIB's to check it out.
They disable the crew and it's comms. (So that no one calls the Kremlin!)Then they search the vessel.
They then find out that it's true.
What do they do?
They decide that they can't let Boris send nukes to the middle east, so they disable all of the tracking devices on board or load them onto another
vessel, maybe one of their small hi-power inflatable/RIB's. They can't get the nukes off at sea, so they take the original Arctic Sea vessel and
give it a lick of paint, and new identity, then quietly sail it up the west coast of the UK to a US naval base in the nice quiet west coast of
The RIB/Inflatable (hard to track on radar) continues down the English channel, so no one suspects anything is wrong, but they then start to worry
that someone on the crew could have got a message out, so they contact the authorities and begin to sow the seeds of the Piracy! story by reporting
the earlier boarding incident. Everone now thinks that the Arctic Sea has sailed right down the English Channel and is off Northern France.
Once the seeds are sown, The Russians go berserk! They reolise that someone else now has their nukes, and suddenly rush through new legislation to
allow them to deploy the fleet, to search for a "pirated" timber freighter.
They suspect the US, so Akila class subs start appearing off the coast of the Eastern seaboard... and their fleet of warships in the Atlantic starts
to get bigger.
and... The US now has a supply of Russian sourced WMD's to use in the next wave of "terrorist" threats.
Nothing to see hear, move along please.