Russian Spy Ship Reportedly Spotted Off Eastern Coast of U.S.
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According to U.S. Officials speaking under anonymity, Tuesday a Russian spy ship was spotted off of the East Coast outside the U.S. territory line.
As Fox News is currently reporting, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov was spotted approximately 70 miles off the coast of Delaware headed on a northern trajectory at a speed of roughly 10 knots. While it is not immediately known where the ship was headed, sources do state that the ship was traveling in international waters at the time it was discovered.
The incident marks the first time the Russian ship has been spotted surveying the U.S. under the Trump Administration.
Officials further explained that the ship is ‘capable of intercepting communications or signals, known as SIGINT, as well as measuring U.S. Navy sonar capability,’ and is armed with surface-to-air missiles. The last time the the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov was spotted off the U.S. coast was in April of 2015.
“It’s not a huge concern, but we are keeping our eyes on it,” one official said.
This action by the Russian military follows recent missile test launches by Iran and North Korea.
In the past, Russian spy ships have loitered off the coast of Kings Bay, Ga., home to a U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine base. During the Cold War, Russian intelligence gathering ships routinely parked off U.S. submarine bases along the East Coast
Outside of U.S. intelligence gathering satellites monitoring the Russian spy ship’s voyage north, there are several airborne platforms along the East Coast that could be used by the U.S. military to monitor the Russian ship, according to one official.
Currently there are four U.S. Navy warships in the Atlantic off the coast of Norfolk participating in normal training, but none have been tasked with shadowing the Russian spy ship.