Russian Nuclear Sub "Quietly" Traveled To US Coastline Undetected

As Russia weighs retaliating against the UK over its decision to expel a cadre of Russian diplomats after determining that senior Russian leaders (perhaps Putin himself) were responsible for a nerve-gas attack on a former Russian spy, RT revealed that a nuclear-powered submarine recently completed a clandestine exercise that brought it all the way to the US coast.

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The stunning revelation was made during a Russian TV program called Zvedzda (Star), the official TV channel of the Russian Defense Ministry.

"This mission has been accomplished, the submarines showed up in the set location in the ocean and returned to base," the commander of the submarine squadron, Sergey Starshinov, told Zvezda.

The date and location of the covert mission have not been disclosed, but Russia said the submarine "reached the very coastline of the US."

The disclosure follows Russian President Vladimir Putin's revelation during his annual speech to Russian lawmakers that Russia had developed a coterie of new advanced weapons - including a nuclear-tipped missile capable of evading NATO anti-ballistic missile defenses in the Europe.

The sub was a Shchuka-B dirigible, commissioned for the Soviet Navy in 1986. The nuclear-powered sub is capable of launching Kalibr or Granat cruise missiles and staying submerged for up to 100 days, according to open sources.

Back in January, we reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the State Armament Program for 2018 to 2025 - which comes with a budget of 19 trillion rubles ($330 billion).

The research and development stage of the project is scheduled to be completed next year. The goal is to have a cost-effective multi-purpose nuclear submarine, with a construction time of four to four and a half years to produce 15-20 submarines totally. There are few details about the class in open sources, but whatever is already known suggests that Husky subs will be a technological breakthrough.

Information about Russia's submarine fleet is scarce - aside from what the Defense Ministry has willfully decided to disclose: It is understood that several submarines of this class are being operated by the Russian Navy or undergoing modernization. One Shchuka-B submarine was leased to India, where it entered service under the name INS ‘Chakra’.

The Pentagon has already started to raise concerns about Russia's nuclear submarine arsenal.

"The submarines that we're seeing are much more stealthy," Admiral Mark Ferguson, commander of US Naval Forces in Europe at the time, told CNN. The Russians "have more advanced weapons systems, missile systems that can attack land at long ranges," and their operational capabilities were getting better "as they range farther from home waters."

The news about the stealth drill was released, notably, just days before Russia's March 18 election, where Russian President Vladimir Putin is running for his fourth term in the office.

Comments

greenskeeper carl JohninMK Fri, 03/16/2018 - 20:00 Permalink

330 billion dollars over 7 years is Russia's military budget. We are supposed to believe that we can't protect ourselves without spending more than TWICE that every single year?!?! We can't even keep up with the Russians despite them spending 1/10th what we spend, and yet most republicans and even trump himself want to give these same people and organizations MOAR money? Why? Name one other example of a person or entity saying "we've failed miserably with your 700 billion dollars a year you give us, but if you bump it up to 800 billion, we'll make everything better" and not being tossed out on their asses.

 

As far as the sub doing all of this undetected, thats not necessarily true. American subs are very quiet. And just because they Russian sub captain didn't hear an American boat shadowing it doesn't mean there wasn't one back there. Just sayin'.

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Lore francis scott … Sat, 03/17/2018 - 04:46 Permalink

The timing of these recent Russian announcements re: hypersonic missiles seems deliberate, since several Eastern European nations are being squeezed to purchase those NOW APPARENTLY TOTALLY OBSOLETE ANTI-BALLISTIC MISSILE BATTERIES supplied by the United States Military Industrial Complex.  If I was a responsible leader in one of those countries, under the new circumstances and given the precarious global economic situation, I might pause and even prudently reconsider making such a potential embarrassing and misguided decision...

And just for the benefit of new ZHers:

Mystery missile launch off California coast: Comes from submarine?   (RT c/o YouTube, 2010)

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attah-boy-Luther Offthebeach Sat, 03/17/2018 - 09:32 Permalink

If their old chit can do this then maybe the neo-cons may be nervous about this one: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-kilo-class-submarine-why-russias-e…

much less the up coming tech units about to go into production. Seems the ussa has almost been totally MK'd the population about the MIC's ability. Ever hear of teh f-35? The navy sending a ship out for trail testing into a river that froze over for pete's sake and had to wait until teh sprin. Now how phaqing retarded does the affirmative lgbtqrsxyz navy have to be to do something that ignorant?????

Or how about that quality steel that easily rips ope when their ship run into another ship? and the list is endless.

Or the Bradley IFV that was a death trap for the squad, well excpt for teh spec bought by israhell. Hmm

Back in the 90's I was red pilling snot nose kids about the good ol' ussa importing chips and other tech from foreign nations. All with back doors made to fail at inconvenient times maybe? hmmm

Seems ZH has been invaded by blind Bright-fart readers.

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Which way to t… OliverAnd Sat, 03/17/2018 - 04:42 Permalink

As Canuck I'm glad our armed forces suck. All they are used for is attacking third world countries. If there ever comes the day that our army, navy and  air force are used to protect actual Canadian interests I'm all for it. First we need a made in Canada foreign policy. Get out of NATO and get back to protecting Canada. At least NORAD, when it isn't tracking Santa Clause x-mas eve has the potential to protect Canada or at least give us 15 minutes to kiss our asses goodbye. Anyway why spend a lot when we get such wonderful products as run down British subs and most probably the F-35. We start looking after our vets before we do anything.

Bubbles

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FactDog DosZap Sat, 03/17/2018 - 13:11 Permalink

 

Could be they got through without detection, but unlikely.

In the eighties, the Rusky's would practice arming their weapons off the US coast ( about a thirty-minute process) until a few subs had  "accidents" and they realized that the Russian subs were noisier at the dock than the Yank subs were at full power and we had a tracker on every one of their subs.  Once they figured that out they actually stopped leaving the harbour for a few years. 

Maybe their technology has evolved but I think it is more likely we were not paying attention if they got across at all.  Psyops at its best.  Do you feel worried? 

 

Play on and let's hear it for the brink of war.

 

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Ramesees IH8OBAMA Fri, 03/16/2018 - 20:43 Permalink

Exactly. Every branch of the US military far outclasses the Russians. Technology, firepower, projection of force, missile defense, etc. 

Russia’s leaky subs are more Potemkin than Red October. 

Just ignore Russia and it’ll die on its own. Lowest low fertility and epidemic AIDS. Plus incredibly low IQ for such a homogeneous country. 

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