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Russian attack submarine sailed in Gulf of Mexico undetected for weeks, U.S. officials say.

A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range
cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several
weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after
it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
It is only the second time since 2009 that a Russian attack submarine has patrolled so close to U.S. shores.


The stealth underwater incursion in the Gulf took place at the same
time Russian strategic bombers made incursions into restricted U.S.
airspace near Alaska and California in June and July, and highlights a
growing military assertiveness by Moscow.
The submarine patrol also exposed what U.S. officials said were
deficiencies in U.S. anti-submarine warfare capabilities—forces that are
facing cuts under the Obama administration’s plan to reduce defense
spending by $487 billion over the next 10 years.
The Navy is in charge of detecting submarines, especially those that
sail near U.S. nuclear missile submarines, and uses undersea sensors and
satellites to locate and track them.
The fact that the Akula was not detected in the Gulf is cause for concern, U.S. officials said.


The officials who are familiar with reports of the submarine patrol
in the Gulf of Mexico said the vessel was a nuclear-powered Akula-class
attack submarine, one of Russia’s quietest submarines.
A Navy spokeswoman declined to comment.


One official said the Akula operated without being detected for a month.


“The Akula was built for one reason and one reason only: To kill U.S.
Navy ballistic missile submarines and their crews,” said a second U.S.
official.
“It’s a very stealthy boat so it can sneak around and avoid detection
and hope to get past any protective screen a boomer might have in
place,” the official said, referring to the Navy nickname for strategic
missile submarines.
The U.S. Navy operates a strategic nuclear submarine base at Kings
Bay, Georgia. The base is homeport to eight missile-firing submarines,
six of them equipped with nuclear-tipped missiles, and two armed with
conventional warhead missiles.
“Sending a nuclear-propelled submarine into the Gulf of
Mexico-Caribbean region is another manifestation of President Putin
demonstrating that Russia is still a player on the world’s
political-military stage,” said naval analyst and submarine warfare
specialist Norman Polmar.
“Like the recent deployment of a task force led by a nuclear cruiser
into the Caribbean, the Russian Navy provides him with a means of
‘showing the flag’ that is not possible with Russian air and ground
forces,” Polmar said in an email.
The last time an Akula submarine was known to be close to U.S. shores
was 2009, when two Akulas were spotted patrolling off the east coast of
the United States.
Those submarine patrols raised concerns at the time about a new
Russian military assertiveness toward the United States, according to
the New York Times, which first reported the 2009 Akula submarine activity.
The latest submarine incursion in the Gulf further highlights the
failure of the Obama administration’s “reset” policy of conciliatory
actions designed to develop closer ties with Moscow.
Instead of closer ties, Russia under President Vladimir Putin, an
ex-KGB intelligence officer who has said he wants to restore elements of
Russia’s Soviet communist past, has adopted growing hardline policies
against the United States.
Of the submarine activity, Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), member of
the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “It’s a confounding situation
arising from a lack of leadership in our dealings with Moscow. While
the president is touting our supposed ‘reset’ in relations with Russia,
Vladimir Putin is actively working against American interests, whether
it’s in Syria or here in our own backyard.”
The Navy is facing sharp cuts in forces needed to detect and counter such submarine activity.


The Obama administration’s defense budget proposal in February cut
$1.3 billion from Navy shipbuilding projects, which will result in
scrapping plans to build 16 new warships through 2017.
The budget also called for cutting plans to buy 10 advanced P-8 anti-submarine warfare jets needed for submarine detection.


In June, Russian strategic nuclear bombers and support aircraft
conducted a large-scale nuclear bomber exercise in the arctic. The
exercise included simulated strikes on “enemy” strategic sites that
defense officials say likely included notional attacks on U.S. missile
defenses in Alaska.
Under the terms of the 2010 New START arms accord, such exercises
require 14-day advanced notice of strategic bomber drills, and
notification after the drills end. No such notification was given.
A second, alarming air incursion took place July 4 on the West Coast
when a Bear H strategic bomber flew into U.S. airspace near California
and was met by U.S. interceptor jets.
That incursion was said to have been a bomber incursion that has not been seen since before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.


It could not be learned whether the submarine in the Gulf of Mexico was an Akula 1 type submarine or a more advanced Akula 2.


It is also not known why the submarine conducted the operation.
Theories among U.S. analysts include the notion that submarine incursion
was designed to further signal Russian displeasure at U.S. and NATO
plans to deploy missile defenses in Europe.
Russia’s chief of the general staff, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, said in
May that Russian forces would consider preemptive attacks on U.S. and
allied missile defenses in Europe, and claimed the defenses are
destabilizing in a crisis.
Makarov met with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, in July. Dempsey questioned him about the Russian
strategic bomber flights near U.S. territory.
The voyage of the submarine also could be part of Russian efforts to export the Akula.


Russia delivered one of its Akula-2 submarines to India in 2009. The submarine is distinctive for its large tail fin.


Brazil’s O Estado de Sao Paoli reported Aug. 2 that Russia plans to sell Venezuela up to 11 new submarines, including one Akula.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow’s military is
working to set up naval replenishment facilities in Vietnam and Cuba,
but denied there were plans to base naval forces in those states.
Asked if Russia planned a naval base in Cuba, Lavrov said July 28:
“We are not speaking of any bases. The Russian navy ships serve exercise
cruises and training in the same regions. To harbor, resupply, and
enable the crew to rest are absolutely natural needs. We have spoken of
such opportunities with our Cuban friends.” The comment was posted in
the Russian Foreign Ministry website.
Russian warships and support vessels were sent to Venezuela in 2008
to take part in naval exercises in a show of Russian support for the
leftist regime of Hugo Chavez. The ships also stopped in Cuba.
Russian Deputy Premier Dmitri Rogozin announced in February that
Russia was working on a plan to build 10 new attack submarines and 10
new missile submarines through 2030, along with new aircraft carriers.
Submarine warfare specialists say the Akula remains the core of the Russian attack submarine force.


The submarines can fire both cruise missiles and torpedoes, and are
equipped with the SSN-21 and SSN-27 submarine-launched cruise missiles,
as well as SSN-15 anti-submarine-warfare missiles. The submarines also
can lay mines.
The SSN-21 has a range of up to 1,860 miles.




http://freebeacon.com/silent-running/


Added: Aug-14-2012 Occurred On: Aug-14-2012
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  • Pfft, you should see our Canadian stealth canoes.

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  • Stay tuned for the dash cam version from their perspective.....and then they fucking wreck it on the beach

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  • See, this is what happens when your entire defense budget goes into bailing out banks! - Very nice and thorough report though, thanks!

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  • Putin seems intent on probing US air and sea defenses. The fact that an Akula was able to mull about in the Gulf is disconcerting, but I also can't say I know how actively the US navy patrols for subs there. The fact that it was even known it was there in the first place is likely Russia's doing, signaling to the US that it's military capability is not something to be underestimated.

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  • OK listen up folks for a really good history lesson directly related to the Akula class Soviet subs stealth technology.

    In the 1980's the USA had perfected the design and 9 axis CAD CAM CNC machining process to make a very thin, exotic contoured sub propeller, that made no detectable signature underwater...

    The USA contracted with Japanese CNC machine builder Toshiba to build the unique 9 axis CNC milling machine just for this purpose (stealth propellers).

    Toshiba delivered the machines in 19 More..

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    • @cougar58


      from Wiki:

      In 1987, Tocibai Machine, a subsidiary of Toshiba, was accused of illegally selling CNC milling machines used to produce very quiet submarine propellers to the Soviet Union in violation of the CoCom agreement, an international embargo on certain countries to COMECON countries. The Toshiba-Kongsberg scandal involved a subsidiary of Toshiba and the Norwegian company Kongsberg Vaapenfabrikk. The incident strained relations between the United States and Japan, and resulted i More..

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    • @cougar58 I was made aware of this when it happened; I can assure you it did happen as I say, and that it is why Soviet subs can not be detected.
      Think of that the next time you buy a Japanese product.

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    • @cougar58 I remember Toshiba being black listed for a bit, I also believe Hitachi was also for similar violations

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    • @cougar58

      Who were the people on the Executive at both Toshiba and Tocibai Machine responsible for the decision to release the system to the Russians?

      How do we know the Russians haven't sold the system to China?

      THX for the insight!

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    • @CrushedGravel don't know their names...but I know the Toshiba exec's will spend the rest of their lives in prison

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  • So? I bet you have subs all along their coast. It's an Akula so it's not like it was a shitty Iranian Sub. Good for you Russia.. Sail in international waters all day long.

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  • No one recognizable reported this - just "a US official" - US Navy officials had NO comment - this is American propaganda put out by the military contracting industries to SCARE votes towards Mitt.

    And yes, Romoney certainly needs help.

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  • they must have came to pick up cheney.

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  • If i was Putin, i would rest my dick on Obama's shoulder too. Go ahead slap my dick away bitch....

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  • The money is clearly doing us a lot of good right now. Maybe if we hadn't spent the past 4 years pissing Russia off with this missile shield in Europe they would pull shit like this.

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  • oh dear...not so high and mighty now boys...

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  • So whats worse?
    a) Missiles in Cuba that are easy to detect and destroy?;
    b) A super quiet Akula submarine with 40 submarine launched cruise missiles (nuclear capable)?; or
    c) Inability to identify and track Russian Akula attack submarines off American coasts?

    The correct answer is "C".

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  • and yet the claim chinese and russian tech is inferior......

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  • Even piece of shit old russian subs make it undetected. Just think how close China's are getting.......

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  • That's right and the same thing is happening around Russia as well.

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  • Nice report

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  • if the sub was off the Jamaican coast, this post would be called "Cool Runnings"

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  • Sooooo, the Russians are responsible for torpedoing the BP oil well, huh?

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  • "sneacky f*****g russian"

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  • ...because it's important to get in close to the target with your "long range" missiles?

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    • @kamotz actually it is...you may not know this, but he USA has modified 747s that have linear accelerators that run the length of the jet ( the real engineering was keeping the LinAc's straight as the plane twisted slightly in flight)...these power a massive laser that is in a pivot below the front of the 747, and it can detect and burn a hole thru the body of the cruise missile in flight. However, that was compromised when the Jap firm Toshiba sold the USA stealth design to the Soviets in 1987. More..

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  • obama does not care about our southern boarders, nor it seems, does he care about our southern waters. What a guy.

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  • They have to be somewhere,why not where all the dope and hookers are.

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  • Um.. how do we know this if we didn't detect them? Did the ruskies send owning pictures of them falling in with a USN a convoy or something?... I doubt that but that would be way cool. That one is my favorite ownages that I've heard of. Especially if the naughty sneak boat that snuck in at night is able to read the signals given by the flashy light thingy and match the maneuvers for a little bit.

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  • They must be doing a marketing stunt to sell some subs to china, iran, and pakistan.

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