posted on Nov, 6 2012 @ 02:38 AM
Good job Zaphod and Drunken Parrot. So the days of MAD are still with us?
Attack submarines are sub hunters. Boomers specifically. Their job is to detect and shadow Nuclear Missile submarines.
From the Op's link...
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.
Yah, "no threat". Just monitoring. Good way to pick up on any intel and subs that head out of Kings bay. You see, when US subs leave port they are
on the surface, not
submerged. That is a good time to detect one. As they submerge too.
The subs have help as well.
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
“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...
Thats interesting to say the least. "Perfect timing" for the Russian snoop. Yah, Vee dock here for storm and listen to... you know... the
“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.”
It probably surfaced near the task force "conducting exercises" in the Atlantic. Whatever.
This is not a new game or alarming. These boats as well as their prey are locked in cat and mouse games all the time. Just about anywhere is within
range of a sub launched missile so within 200 miles of the US is not alarming. I find the snooper boat allowed to berth near the US base more
interesting and alarming in and of itself.
And the, "We can't say how we detected it"? With binoculars is my bet. Don't ever underestimate the other guy. The Rooskies are at least as
capable as us. And if not, it only takes one undetected missile platform to decimate the entire eastern seaboard.. Both sides deploy nuclear weapons
and they are usually within range of the continental United States.Thats their job.