The Russian Ship Yantar has been spotted sailing up the Atlantic coast since late August.
The ship is equipped with underwater deep-sea surveillance craft and cable-cutting equipment. The ship has recently been spotted outside Kings Bay, Georgia where the Navy houses Nuclear missile submarines.
Given the factors its becoming clear that the Russian ship is gathering intel on our submarine communication and underwater sensors/equipment.
This has concerned many in the naval community who see this as the intelligence gathering thats ushering in a new phase of warfare called “hybrid warfare.”
“I don’t think the Yantar is actively pulling up underwater cables,” said Steffan Watkins, a Canadian-based open-source intelligence analyst who monitors Russian ship movements. “It seems more likely they’d use their underwater sensors to map out defenses to prepare for future operations, and to avoid, blind, or destroy the sensors.”
From the Washington Free Beacon:
U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials.
The Russian research ship Yantar has been tracked from the northern Atlantic near Canada since late August as it makes its way south toward Cuba.
Defense officials familiar with reports on the Russian ship say the Yantar is believed to be gathering intelligence on underwater sensors and other equipment used by U.S. nuclear submarines based at Kings Bay, Georgia. The submarines, their transit lanes, and training areas stretch from the coastal base through the Atlantic to Europe.
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