A Russian spy ship is currently sailing up the East Coast of the United States, near Delaware.
Fox News is reporting that the ship, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, is roughly 70 miles off the coast in international waters and heading north. It’s not yet clear what the ship’s ultimate destination is.
“It’s not a huge concern, but we are keeping our eyes on it,” an unnamed U.S. official told Fox News, adding that the ship does possess surface-to-air missiles as well as two six-barreled 30mm rotary cannons.
Furthermore, the ship can also intercept U.S. communications and broadcast information to agents located in the United States by using two satellite-linked antennas.
Whatever its intentions, this is the first time that the ship has been near the U.S. since April 2015, according to another official who spoke with Fox News.
Russian spy ships often set anchor near U.S. submarine bases during the Cold War, but, recently, there has been an uptick in such activity. One Russian ship was spotted near Kings Bay, Georgia, a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine base, as recently as September 2015.
In this case, according to Fox News, the U.S. military can track the Russian ship by using one of several airborne systems, including satellites.
However, no U.S. Navy warship has been tasked with shadowing the Russia spy ship, according to Fox News, and the nearest aircraft carrier is near Florida. There are, however, four U.S. Navy warships currently off the Virginia coast.
The news of this new spy ship follows reports of Russia deploying ground-launched cruise missiles in a way that violates, in the Obama administration’s opinion, the terms of a 1987 treaty. There have also been multiple incidents of Russian aircraft buzzing U.S. Navy ships in the Black Sea.
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