Russian Spy Ship Now Just 30 Miles From "Primary East Coast Submarine Base"

Tyler Durden's picture

The Russian spy ship which we mentioned yesterday had unexpectedly appeared off the US East Coast, some 70 miles off the Delaware coast, has been gingerly moving north along the Eastern Seaboard, and according to press reports, was spotted on Wednesday "loitering" just 30 miles from a major submarine base in Groton, Connecticut. US officials have been keeping a close watch on the Viktor Leonov during its first Atlantic mission since US President Donald Trump was elected as it traveled through international waters.

The Cold War-era SSV-175 Viktor Leonov warship is an intelligence-gathering vessel loaded with high-tech electronic spying equipment that can monitor and collect data on US Navy sonar. The ship is also armed with anti-aircraft missiles and guns in the event of an attack. American officials have downplayed the spy ship's presence in international waters, although should it get closer, that may change.

With a crew of about 150 to 200 military personnel, the 310ft Viktor Leonov can transmit data back to superiors via a satellites uplink. For self-defence the ship,  along with six other similar Vishnya class spy vessels, is said to be armed with two AK-630 rapid-fire guns and two missile launchers.

At last check, the ship was said to be located 30 miles south of Groton, Connecticut, where the New London submarine base is located, on Wednesday. Grotton is known as the "home of the submarine force" and is the primary east coast submarine base for the US.

The official said the Viktor Leonov was "loitering" in international waters. Officials at the Pentagon believe the ship will eventually sail south along the US coast and return to the Caribbean, Fox News reported. In recent weeks it has crossed the Atlantic and stopped in Jamaica as part of a journey that had been planned for months.

US Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, expressed concern over the ship's presence. He wrote on Twitter: "Russia is acting like it has a permission slip to expand influence, test limits of reach. Questions are obvious: does it, and if so, why?"

So far the ship has continued its reconnaisance trip unprovoked. As reported last night, last Friday four Russian jets flew past a US Navy missile-destroyer, the USS Porter, in the Black Sea, ignoring radio calls from the ship. Additionally, the US believes Russia has secretly deployed two battalions of SSC-X-8 cruise missiles, a move that would violate a 1987 treaty, however Russia has denied the deployment is in breach of the treaty.

US-Russia relations have been under intense scrutiny after Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned after just three weeks on the job as it emerged that he held phone conversations with Moscow's ambassador to the United States before the president took office and later misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations. Flynn was seen in Moscow as a leading advocate of warmer ties with Russia.  A member of Trump's administration said the president knew for weeks that Flynn had misled the White House about his contacts with Russia but did not immediately force him out, Reuters reported.

Earlier today, Trump has suggested there is a media conspiracy and denied the notion of a "Russian connection" in response to a New York Times report which said members of his presidential campaign had contact with Russian intelligence officials.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday: "This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign." The Kremlin has also denied the reports.

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PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Feb 15, 2017 12:15 PM

Fake news.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Let's compare and contrast that distance with our forays towards their bases in Kaliningrad, Crimea, etc. 

Billy the Poet's picture

Ironically, the entire premise of the submarine is based on subterfuge.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Ready for the Snowden/Flynn exchange.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

Cue angry Russian media headlines about "unsafe" US submarine dive-bys in 3.. 2.. 1...

Personally, I would love to see the Russians feed captured intel on coup preparations by Clinton and Obama to the Trump administration - libtards heads would be poppin' like Fukushima Garden kernals!

fauxhammer's picture

OMG...the call is from inside the house!

barndoor's picture

The left has invented the concept of "safe spaces" to avoid what they don't want to hear.

The right has invented the concept of "fake news" to avoid what they don't want to hear.

Its all the same thing - cognitive dissonance...

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

The Russians are just trolling. It looks like US Senator Chris Murphy swallowed the hook.

YouJustMadeTheList's picture
YouJustMadeTheList (not verified) Shemp 4 Victory Feb 15, 2017 1:46 PM

The next CRAZY IVAN is going left!

Manthong's picture

If I was Russia or China or Iran or North Korea or ISIS or Israel and I had a floating surveillance platform, that’s where I would want to hang out.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) fauxhammer Feb 15, 2017 12:37 PM

We spy on them, they spy on us.  What's the big deal?


chubbar's picture

The big deal is this relentless effort to paint the Russians as antagonists when they are anything but that when the actions of the US gov't are factored into the equation. If Russia moved tanks and troops to the texas border do you think that Obama or Trump would respond by moving a few cruise missiles around or stationing a spy ship 70 miles off the coast of Russia?

The pentagon is completely out of their minds and if this shit isn't stopped fairly soon, war will break out. The provocations by the US towards Russia are relentless and I just hope we start to see some semblance of sanity out of the Trump administration and real soon.

Spanky's picture

...I just hope we start to see some semblance of sanity out of the Trump administration and real soon. -- chubbar

That hope may have died with Flynn's resignation, which was its point.

greenskeeper carl's picture

First, let's establish the ground rules. The US is allowed to station it's spy ships and subs right off your coast and leave them there, on a rotating schedule, for decades. They will be accompanied by spy planes that will try to skirt your airspace as close as possible, with occasional incursions. We will also be sailing our warships inside your backyard, in places like the Black Sea. While we do this, you are not allowed to approach these ships or aircraft, or send your own ships near our coast, because this would be dangerously provocative. Any questions?

FireBrander's picture

"unexpectedly appeared off the US East Coast"

LOL! A Giant hunk of floating metal moving at what, 14mph tops?...It had to take a fucking  month for it get here from wherever it came.

If our Military is "surprised" by it's appearance, we're in deep shit.

Fake "News" people...EVERYTHING involving Russia will be dramatized in the MSM's attempt to bring down Trump

HowdyDoody's picture

US troop are within a stone's through of Russian territory. They have photographed themselves in fron of the Ivangorod fortress just across the river from occupied Estonia

History repeats with Fascists on Russia's border (Fascism = fusion of corporate and state power)


Kevin Trader's picture

well conceived plan by cia, now comes all the bs information thrown out there to see what is not questioned and hope some of it sticks

time for a mole hunt...although problem is there are more moles than bullets

SomebodySpecial's picture

"unexpectedly appeared off the US East Coast, some 70 miles off the Delaware coast"

The coast guard too busy doing private boat inspections to catch this.

This is so much bullship...surface ships do not appear this day and age...unless the ruskies have a "cloaking" technology!

pods's picture

The Russians can't have a ship in international waters near the USA!

That would be like the USA parking a ship in the black sea! 
Err, wait a minute.


PT's picture

Oh, stop worrying.  The nice man on MSM assures me that the Russkies were just dropping off Trump's wallet that he accidentally left in Moscow the other day ...

("nice man on MSM"???  I should not have typed that.  Now I feel sick.)

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Probably US Navy floating around in a reproduction...or nothing is there and the Man is just telling us stories we have to believe. No (non-govt) pictures/vids = never happened

SubjectivObject's picture

Trusted third party verification, or it never happened.

Trouble is, then nothing ever happens.

Ignatius's picture

Neocon horsesh#t.  The same forces that removed Flynn are feeding these reports.  I take it as a matter of course that Russia is always collecting information, same as the US on Russia and everybody else.

Alternately, they've really never given up on the idea of killing electric power in industrial Vermont, the very heart of the economic life of the USA.  /s

booboo's picture

Right, If my neighbor two doors down radomly invited himself into every home on the blocks and paid my next door neighbor to put armed men on the fence bordering mine and flew drones over my house I would probably think it wise to try and figure out WHAT HIS FUCKING PLANS WERE?

Spanky's picture

Considering where the Russians parked their ship (and this begs the question of what's parked off King's Bay and Norfolk), you have to wonder what they're thinking. Looking for sub sorties to confirm... what exactly? With their recent nuc attack drills for civilians, deployment of anti-missle capable air defenses around Moscow and (supposed) deployment of long-range nuclear capable cruise missles, looks like some strong signals, at the very least, are being sent our way, if not outright preperation for imminent hostilities. And considering US and NATO bellergence, troop buildups and missle deployments on their borders, not to mention the US domestic political charade and its turmoil, they'd be stupid not to...

What do they (the Russians) know that we (US civilians) don't?

spiral galaxy's picture

Perhaps it's Hillary spying on Bernie? /s

Ignatius's picture

According to my algos the odds are about the same.

aardvarkk's picture

I don't get this either.  The article itself says they are in international waters.  What, is it a crime to look at what's happening around them?  Holy crap, Russia is a sovereign nation who appears to be following all appropriate laws.  They would be remiss if they DIDN'T try to judge how good our military stuff is.  Somebody somewhere really, really, REALLY wants war with Russia.  And I for damn sure know it ain't me.  I'd just as soon we backed out of ALL conflicts we are participating in, pack up 3/4 of our overseas bases and bring it all home.

NugginFuts's picture

Is he here to pick up Mike Flynn for the prom?

HRClinton's picture

Fake News

Fake Orgasm


Which is worse for you personally?  The choice is an easy one for me.

Mentaliusanything's picture

"Gingerly moving" large ship within US shipping channels suddenly appears while No USAF plane ever does a fly past upside down while blasting through the speakers the ride of the Valkyries..... Be jesus they really need to improve the Fake News.  This is laughable!!!


Soul Glow's picture

Someone tell them we are all out of Vodka!

yttirum's picture

Whiskey, man. This is murica for fuck sake.

Genby's picture

After successful trolling of Maxine Waters (aka Limpopo), Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus called US senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Mitch McConnell.

BandGap's picture

The cod are running. That is all.

PT's picture

DC is just over there ... right there.

BenBache's picture

The US has military bases surrounding Russia on all sides.  The US navy enters Russian waters with impunity all the time.  For peaceful purposes of course.  The US, like the Roman Empire, never has fought an aggressive war and only desires good relations with the world.  If only the Russian would accept that we have surrounded them with bases to protect them, tensions would ease.

Infinite QE's picture

How many million two-legged jewish spies are on the east coast?

Sandmann's picture

USS Porter hanging around a submarine base.......I can see why ZH is concerned. These spy ships get everywhere and only the Israelis know how to deal with them........

Sliced into ribbons's picture

They are here to pick up Trump.

Fireman's picture

STFU and take yer Prozac!

chosen's picture

Cheech and fireman, eat shit and die.

cheech_wizard's picture

I think your doctor needs to check his diagnosis and prescribe you a barium enema.

chosen's picture

Lol, what a bunch of pansies.

yttirum's picture

Trump probably hired Putin to gather info because he can't trust our intelligence agencies.

Lost in translation's picture

How close are US/ZATO ships to Sevastapol?  Vladivostok?  Hainan Island?


ICD-9-CM E999.0's picture

about 12.1 nautical miles, as usual...