Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Russian Subs Detected Off U.S. East Coast and the Public Is Informed

The two Russian subs were Akula class (SSNs). Is this really news? No, not since the Navy admitted having known they were out there and has been routinely tracking their locations ...

Should it be news? Perhaps:

“I don’t think they’ve put two first-line nuclear subs off the U.S. coast in about 15 years,” said Norman Polmar, a naval historian and submarine warfare expert.

The patrols may be Moscow's attempt to dispel embarrassment and demonstrate its naval relevance since the latest of 6 Bulava missile test failures.

Some questions spring to mind:
1. Is Putin undergoing a late mid-life crisis? Mr Putin attains 57 years of age this October.
2. Did the United Nations order Russia to patrol the Atlantic coast of the USA, or was the Cuban track of one sub the primary purpose (to fill a large prescription for Viagra)?
3. Where is Cuba getting the Viagra?
4. Why was the public informed (by the linked NYT article) this time? HINT: So Russia would know the U.S. public could be told without undue fright. (Russia already knows we can and do track their subs).
5. Russia is a U.S. ally; are its subs helping to defend our East coast from another terror attack?
6. UPDATE: Apparently, there is another possibility that could explain what the subs had been doing in July. Two submarines are participating in mapping activities while the two nuclear powered submarines had support tasks. Identities of the 4 submarines are unknown.
Submarines are always silent and strange.



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