Russian spy ship off East Coast of US, officials say

by Lucas Tomlinson |
February 14, 2017

A Russian spy ship was spotted patrolling off the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday morning, the first such patrol since President Trump took office, two U.S. officials told Fox News.

The Russian spy ship was 70 miles off the coast of Delaware, heading north at 10 knots, according to one official. That location means the ship is in international waters. The U.S. territory line is 12 nautical miles.

It was not immediately clear where the Russian spy ship is headed.

The ship, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, last sailed near the U.S. in April 2015, an official said. The ship is capable of intercepting communications or signals, known as SIGINT, as well as measuring U.S. Navy sonar capability, a separate official said.

The Russian spy ship is also armed with surface-to-air missiles.

14 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    I suspect we do the same thing to Russia and other countries. They have their nation’s interest to look after and they are doing their job.

    We need to remember Russia is not our friend. Hopefully the United States is able to monitor the Russian ship as it monitors us. They may be able to learn a lot about Russian technology and capabilities by observing the ship.

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    The ship is dropping off several of the new Russian nuclear torpedoes and or nuclear mines to the sea floor to be activated by ELF wave later.

    …Why? It is exactly what I would do, if they are not there already.

  • Shelly Shannon says:

    And, why is this a big deal? They have done this for years. In 2015 they did the same thing, and Obama was president. In fact they have done this I believe one other time at the beginning of Obama’s presidency.

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    While they’re in the neighborhood, how about we give them George Soros?
    Gift wrapped, and with a bow in his hair.

    1. James McDonnell says:

      Or lead waders, when we toss him overboard before the Russkies can pick him up in the drink… Oops!!

  • Askjrsk says:

    NancyPelosi, who should be in prison for sedition, unauthorized meeting in Syria, has a lot to do with this international intelligence interference. She will have us in war with her Supreme lack of intelligence. LOCK HER UP

  • Chuck says:

    This is nothing new. Some source said this was the first time a Soviet ship had appeared off our coast since the Truman administration. FALSE!!. As a submariner in Charleston, S.C. we were shadowed by an ELINT Soviet trawler every time we went to sea. One was permanently stationed off the coast primarily, I believe, to monitor the SSBNs and try to obtain sonic signatures of their movements. Of course, we were able to evade. This was in the seventies and early eighties. Nothing new here folks, Move along.

    1. Askjrsk says:

      What worked in the 70’s doesn’t work today. Lock those leaking intelligence up!

      1. Retired says:

        That game of cat and mouse still goes on today . People who think Russia is the only one doing it need to get their head out of the rear end. Many of those Chinese fishing boats on the west coast are also doing it .

        1. Askjrsk says:

          Remember watergate? Who was that unnamed source “DEEP THROAT”? How much of that was fake news? PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP must find the White House plumbers leaking national security wily nily. GITMO to those found guilty. They must be examples to all traitors!

          1. Retired says:

            I don’t know if you go back this far , but in the early 50s McCarthy from Wi. said there were commies among us [ referring to Congress ] , well it turned out he was right . They are called Demon Rats .

          2. Askjrsk says:

            Somethings never change. Studied about all this in history classes . Not so much US history anymore.

    2. mort_f says:

      In 68 there were others off of Boston and off of Cape Canaveral. They did respect the 12 mile limit. We offered orange juice in exchange for Vodka, but no takers. A pity.

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