Russian view boat now off Virginia coast

The Russian spy boat Viktor Leonov is no longer off a seashore of Connecticut, yet has changed southward to a position northeast of Norfolk, Virginia.

The vessel’s participation 30 miles south of a U.S. Navy submarine bottom in New London, Connecticut drew general headlines this week even yet U.S. officials were not endangered by a ship’s operations, that are in general waters.

On Tuesday,the Russian view boat had positioned itself easterly of Long Island about 30 miles south of a New London submarine base.

Officials pronounced a vessel was “loitering” in a area, presumably entertainment comprehension about U.S. Navy submarine operations, identical to what it did in 2014 and 2015 when it stayed for several weeks during a time tighten to a other U.S. Navy submarine bottom during Kings Bay, Georgia.

But, a U.S. central pronounced a Leonov usually spent about 24 hours in a waters off of Connecticut before it began relocating south someday on Wednesday. By Thursday morning, a boat was 75 miles northeast of Norfolk.

Throughout a movement adult and down a Eastern brink this week, a Leonov has remained in general waters, good over U.S. territorial waters, that extend 12 miles from shore.

American officials have downplayed a participation of a Russian boat off a East Coast, observant that it has been handling in general waters and conducting missions that were common during the Cold War.

Equipped with communications entertainment equipment, a Viktor Leonov is means to lane a activity and movements of a U.S. Navy’s submarine fleet.

At a White House news discussion Thursday, President Donald Trump referenced a ship’s participation off of Connecticut as “not good.”

Trump pronounced he recently told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that “the biggest thing we could do is fire that boat that’s 30 miles off seaside right out of a water,” yet that it would not be a good pierce for improving family with Russia.

In 2014 and 2015, a Leonov spent weeks in general waters tighten to a submarine bottom during Kings Bay. This week’s outing to a waters off of Connecticut was a initial time a intelligence-gathering boat had visited a area tighten to a submarine bottom during New London.

One central speculated a Leonov was not means to accumulate a good volume of comprehension given a brief volume of time it spent off of Connecticut and a open bearing it’s revisit received.

It is misleading where a view boat could be headed, it’s stream trail will expected take it past Kings Bay, Georgia, where it had quickly stopped on a approach north. Or it could conduct to Havana, Cuba where it done ports of call in 2014 and 2015.

The Leonov has been concerned in 3 of a 4 Russian view boat visits to a East Coast given 2014, when a Russian Navy resumed a use that was common via a Cold War.