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Russian Spy Ship Sailing South Off Florida Coast

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SSV-175 Viktor Leonov (AP)

By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 04:37 PM

The Russian spy ship that's been shadowing the east coast of the United States since last month was spotted Thursday off the coast of Florida and heading toward the Caribbean.

According to Fox News, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov was roughly 150 miles off the coast of Florida and sailing south. The U.S. border extends 12 nautical miles offshore, so the ship was in international waters.

The Viktor Leonov reportedly left a Russian port in the Barents Sea around the first of January. After stopping in Jamaica, it sailed north and shadowed the U.S. coast. It was reported in mid-February that the ship was hanging around off the coasts of Virginia and Delaware. It then traveled farther north, off the coast of Connecticut near a U.S. Naval base before turning around and heading back south.

The Viktor Leonov was eventually spotted less than 20 miles from the U.S. Naval base in Norfolk, Va. It's unclear where the ship is headed next.

President Donald Trump flew to Florida on Friday for a school visit in Orlando. He was later expected to travel to Palm Beach for a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

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The Russian spy ship that's been shadowing the east coast of the United States since last month was spotted Thursday off the coast of Florida and heading toward the Caribbean.
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