Russian spy ship ‘sailing’ near U.S Navy Base on the coast of Verginia officials say
The Russian spy ship ‘Viktor Leonov’ is currently “lingering” off the shoreline of Norfolk, Va., home to the biggest naval base on the planet.
As of Friday morning, the Russian spy ship is gradually seen just 17 nautical miles – approximately 19 miles – from land, as indicated by officials. United States territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from shore.
Fox News was first to report the locating of the Russian spy send off the bank of Delaware on Tuesday.
The Victor Leonov, armed with a variety of intelligence gathering equipment used to block interchanges and break down U.S. Naval force sonar capacity, later went inside 30 miles off the Connecticut drift close to a submarine base prior this week.
“It’s legitimate [and] like operations we do far and wide around the world” Pentagon representative Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Friday.
The spy ship sizes
The Russian spy ship left her homeport in the Barents Sea close Norway, some portion of Russia’s northern fleet, around New Year’s Day, as indicated by American defense officials. Following a port call in Jamaica, the Russian ship then started its voyage north along the east bank of the United States.
It’s the first time the Viktor Leonov has showed up off the east shore of the United States since April 2015. The ship was seen in Havana Harbor in January 2015 as the Obama administration facilitated relations with Cuba. U.S. officials have said they trust the Russian spy ship will probably advance back to the Caribbean.
The spy ship road
The arrangement of the Russian intelligence-gathering ship was likely made arrangements for months before it set sail toward the beginning of January, as indicated by U.S. defense officials. They said it obviously was not tied to the Obama administration’s Dec. 29 order that Moscow close down two of its “vacation” properties, which the U.S. government said were used to block American communications. One was on New York’s Long Island and the other was at Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
At a White House Press meeting Thursday, President Donald Trump was asked about the Russian spy ship.
“The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles offshore right out of the water. Everyone is going to say that’s so great. That’s not great. I would love to get along with Russia,” Trump said.
At the point when the president was later asked about other late Russian incitements including the threatening of a U.S. Naval force destroyer operating in the black Sea about 180 miles southwest of Russian held Crimea, Trump reacted, “Not good.”
Picture of the incident
Are there some more similar cases to come in the future? let’s hope not.