Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Russia's Submarine Activity In The North Atlantic Hits Levels Not Seen Since The Cold War

Russia's submarine fleet is more active than it's been in decades in a strategically vital body of water — and US military planners can't seem to figure out why.
US Navy Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, also head of NATO's maritime command, told IHS Jane's that the US has seen "more activity from Russian submarines than we've seen since the days of the Cold War" in the North Atlantic.
While Johnstone didn't specify which parts of the North Atlantic have seen this uptick, nearly the entirety of the area between North America, the Western European coastline, and the bottom of the Arctic Circle is vital to US and allied security.
And Russia isn't just sending submarines in volume.
It's also sending vessels with what Johnstone describes as unprecedented capabilities within the Russian fleet.
Thanks to "an extraordinary investment path not mirrored by the West," Russian submarines now "have longer ranges, they have better systems, they're freer to operate."
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