US submarine located, ‘pushed out’ of border waters - Russian Navy’s General Staff
MOSCOW, August 09, /ITAR-TASS/. Anti-submarine forces of the Russian Northern Fleet located and ‘pushed out’ from the Russian border waters a foreign submarine, a high-ranking representative of the Navy’s General Staff said on Saturday.
“On August 7, 2014, the Northern Fleet located in the Barents Sea a foreign submarine, supposedly of the Virginia class of the U.S. Navy,” the source said.
“Active actions of the Northern Fleet’s anti-submarine forces ‘pushed out’ the submarine from the border waters of the Russian Federation,” the source said. “The contact with the submarine lasted for about 27 minutes, and then the American submarine left the region.
Well, well, well...Austin do you know what this means? I'm about to do my best Mindstorm impersonation...Yet another Pentagon metropolitan myth busted! According to the Pentagon the Virginia-class submarines are the best (including stealthiest) attack submarines in the world, and will not have an equal for a very long time:
The Virginia-class of attack submarines surpasses the performance of any current projected threat submarine, ensuring U.S. undersea dominance well into the next century.
- U.S. Navy
But yet one of their stealthiest subs (fitted with pumpjets even), were caught quickly and expelled soon after, while in comparison the Akula class attack sub (which the U.S. Navy and the Pentagon claims to be inferior to the Virginia-class) was loitering in the Gulf of Mexico for entire month undetected:
Russian Attack Submarine Sailed in Gulf of Mexico Undetected for WeeksSilent RunningRussian attack submarine sailed in Gulf of Mexico undetected for weeks, U.S. officials sayBY: Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon
August 14, 2012
A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
It is only the second time since 2009 that a Russian attack submarine has patrolled so close to U.S. shores.
The stealth underwater incursion in the Gulf took place at the same time Russian strategic bombers made incursions into restricted U.S. airspace near Alaska and California in June and July, and highlights a growing military assertiveness by Moscow.
The submarine patrol also exposed what U.S. officials said were deficiencies in U.S. anti-submarine warfare capabilities—forces that are facing cuts under the Obama administration’s plan to reduce defense spending by $487 billion over the next 10 years.
The Navy is in charge of detecting submarines, especially those that sail near U.S. nuclear missile submarines, and uses undersea sensors and satellites to locate and track them.
The fact that the Akula was not detected in the Gulf is cause for concern, U.S. officials said.
Let's consider the facts at hand:
1.) Virginia-class nuclear attack subs are double the price of Akula-Class nuclear attack subs.
2.) Virginia-class is at least 20 years more modern design, Akula-class was first put in to service in 1984, while Virginia-class was first put in to service in 2004.
3.) Consider how the Soviet/Russian naval military industry imploded, and surface and submarine tech innovation stagnated in the 90's (and it's still hurting to this day). Which leads me to my last point...
4.)...Despite all the things previously mentioned the U.S. Navy was incapable of detecting a 30 year old designed Akula-class sub (that was being maintained and serviced by a largely inept and incompetent Russian naval industry) for entire month, but the Virginia-class sub that is only a 10 year old design (and is maintained and serviced by the most competent and most capable naval industry in the world, the US naval industry) was detected immediately and repelled.
...With all things considered I think Obama, his advisers, the U.S. State Dept., the Pentagon, the CIA, and the Neo-Con's and their think tanks should really think twice before restarting the Cold War, Russia is no way comparable to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Russia is orders of magnitude and exponentially more capable military power in comparison (I like to call Russia a superpower in hibernation