Russian submarines ‘may surface in Gulf of Mexico’ after US warship show of force

Friday, December 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

RUSSIAN submarines may emerge in the Gulf of Mexico to “shock” the United States in response to a US Navy show of force, a military analyst has warned.

By Joshua Nevett
7th December 2018

A Russian submarine fleet is lurking in waters near the ocean basin surrounded by the North American continent, according to Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of National Defence magazine.

He raised the prospect of Russian submarines surfacing “suddenly” off the US coast in response to the deployment the USS McCampbell in the Peter the Great Bay on Wednesday.

The US destroyer sailed near Peter the Great Bay to “challenge Russia’s excessive maritime claims” in a “freedom of navigation operation”.

Equipped with Tomahawk missiles, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer sailed “in the vicinity” of Russian territory in the Sea of Japan to “uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea”, the US Navy said.

Korotchenko said Russia would not resort to “silly” attempts to project military power.

“Our submarines, too, might have surfaced suddenly some place in the Gulf of Mexico to shock America,” he told Russian news agency TASS.

“We have the corresponding forces of our submarine fleet there.

“We do not do that for the simple reason our purpose is not to show off in such a silly way, but to cope with the assigned tasks.”

He condemned the USS McCampbell’s operation as a “useless and senseless” example of US aggression.

“Russia has conducted a self-sufficient policy of its own and it keeps conducting it. We defended our interests all along and we continue to do so,” Korotchenko added.

The US warship did not come closer than 100km to Russia’s territorial waters and was monitored by the Russian Pacific Fleet’s anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs.

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