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Russian Submarine Threat Highest Since Cold War, US Commander Says

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Rostov-na-Donu (left) and Krasnodar diesel-electric submarines during Russia's Navy Day celebrations in Sevastopol. (Alexey Malgavko/Sputnik via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 09 August 2018 02:55 PM

The current Russian submarine threat in the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea is the highest since the Cold War, prompting the Pentagon and NATO to post new warnings about the activity, Fox News reported Wednesday.

The warning comes after a British Type 45 guided-missile destroyer escorted two Russian warships through the English Channel – the Russian destroyer Severomorsk and cruisier Marshal Ustinov, Fox News said.

Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told the Voice of America that Russian submarines were more threatening than China's growing Navy. Richardson said NATO allies are increasingly concerned about the increase of Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic.

"We're talking about more (activity) than we've seen in 25 years," Richardson said, according to the Voice of America.

More recently, Navy sailors have had to defend themselves from Russian electronic jamming devices much like those used against U.S. ground troops operating in Syria, the Voice of America said.

"This is an emerging part of our business now," Richardson told the broadcaster.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, though, has downplayed the perceived threat from the Russian Navy, according to Fox News.

"We always keep an eye on the submarines at sea and I prefer not to say any more than that," Mattis told reporters recently, according to Fox News.

The network said that two months before President Donald Trump's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Russian ballistic missile submarine launched four long-range nuclear missiles in rapid succession from off the coast of Russia in the White Sea.

Fox News reported that each missile had a range of 6,000 miles, close enough to hit Washington, D.C. The network said it was the first time Russia had fired that many missiles at once from its newest class of ballistic missile submarine.

The Russians have used missiles launched from its submarines to help the Assad regime crush rebels during the Syrian war, Fox News said. The new Russian sea threat has spurred the U.S. Navy into bringing back the 2nd Fleet later this month in Norfolk, Virginia, a fleet that had been deactivated since 2011, Fox News noted.

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