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Russians Attack Submarine Operated Undetected in Gulf of Mexico for Weeks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Free Press is reporting that a Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles went undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks. The attack vessel was not detected until after it left strategic U.S. waters.

This incident reflects Russia’s growing military assertiveness. In June and July, Russian strategic bombers crossed into restricted U.S. airspace near Alaska and California.

An undetected nuclear submarine in the Gulf confirms warnings from U.S. officials that the U.S. anti-submarine warfare capability is deficient. This at a time when the Obama administration plans to cut defense spending by $487 billion over the next decade.

The nuclear-powered Akula-class attack submarine is one of Russia’s quietest submarines.  “The Akula was built for one reason and one reason only: To kill U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarines and their crews,” said an U.S. official. He added, “It’s a very stealthy boat so it can sneak around and avoid detection and hope to get past any protective screen a boomer (Navy nickname for strategic missile submarines) might have in place.”

“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.

Senator 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 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.

Reasons for the covert submarine operation are not known. Some U.S. analysts believe the incursion was carried out 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 has said 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.

Another likelihood is that Russia used the incident as part of a marketing effort to export the Akula.  Brazil’s O Estado de Sao Paoli reported the first of this month that that Russia plans to sell Venezuela up to 11 new submarines, including one Akula.

Asked if Russia planned a naval base in Cuba, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei 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.”

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.

So in a time when the U.S. Navy is being radically downsized and experimenting with green energy, Russia is dramatically increasing its presence in our backyard.


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  1. You have to wonder sometimes, who is watching our back’s, when it comes to this country’s enemies?. What good is having a strong military, if we will not use it to defend America. Can we demand our money back? Can we sue the government for not defending our borders an waterways. There should be no reason for letting a Soviet sub to enter American coastal waters and then go undetected by our military. If were not willing to defend the Republic then we might as well throw in the towel. We spend huge sums of money for the latest in technology to defend America. It’s this reader’s opinion, that someone is either asleep at the wheel,or someone is telling our forces to stand down. Political correctness is costing American lives, an the lost of technology that was suppose to keep us safe. Does the Cold War,still prevail between the US and Russia? . President Reagan had it right, “Peace thru Strength’ .”The Time Is Now”, to return back to his doctrine an protect America an it’s citizens. How many December 7th’s or 9/11’s must we have,before were able to safeguard “The land of the Free, an the home of the brave “. Once an for all. God help us all. God bless. SP

    • Well said Southern Patriot. The enemies of our nation have been infiltrating our instutions of learning, faith, and government for most of the last century. We have known members of terrorist organizations within the walls of the White House and all of our security agencies. Training programs for the agencies has been gutted of the information needed to identify the enemy within our own nation as well as abroad. Through our education systems the enemy has been successful in placing a self loathing for our nation within our children so that they think the the United States is the problem in the world. I know this first hand for my daughter has become one of the self loathers. There may not be another Pearl Harbor or 9/11 because many of the up coming generation already seem to be ready to lay down and be subjugated rather than lift a finger to fight for their freedom. God help us all!

  2. IF we the people of the UNITED STATES are not willing to stand and be counted and vote i will call them gangsters be cause my opinion they have stole our right to have a true leader that will live by our CONSTERTUION AND DEFEND OUR WAY OF LIFE he has striped our military of what they need to fight a war that is on the horizon between IRAN AND ISRAEL MY OPINION no more 4 years of OBAMA AND HIS GANGSTERS AND HIS LOVE OF THE BROTHERHOOD MY OPINION VOTE VOTE VOTE HIM OUT AND CLEAN THOSE IN CONGRESS THAT HAVE ALOWED HIM TO OVER RIDE THEM

  3. So can someone tell me how we know they were here for weeks when we only detected them leaving? How do we know they got there weeks earlier?

  4. Nothing really new about this, the Russians and us have been playing this game for decades. Mostly involves sneaking in close to shore and then just lie on the bottom, for months at a time. Makes a nuclear sub a rather insidious weapon. The Chinese are dabbling in this now, along with a few other countries. A scarey thing, as it was intended to be.

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