A Russian naval vessel chased away a US submarine in Russian waters in the Pacific after the submarine ignored the ship’s orders for it to surface.
On February 12, a significant and troubling event occurred. A US nuclear submarine crossed Russia’s maritime borders and secretly observed the Pacific Fleet’s drill. After being discovered, the nuclear submarine did not respond to the command to surface and did not leave until the Russian side used some “special equipment” on it.
The incident was described by the Russian Defense Ministry as a danger to national security. This is accurate since cruise missiles carried by US nuclear submarines have nuclear warheads with a range of 2,000 kilometres, capable of striking a Siberian strategic missile installation directly.
Originally, the Russian Navy was engaged in the greatest military exercise in recent history, with numerous fleets operating in its domain, including the Pacific Ocean. Surprisingly, a multi-purpose US Virginia-class nuclear submarine was detected monitoring in Russian territorial seas during the drill near the Kuril Islands. The Russian army quickly informed the Americans with the following information: You are in Russian waters, get out now!
The Virginia-class nuclear submarine did not surface and rejected the warning order, and the Russian frigate “Marshal Shaposhnikov” arrived and deployed certain special measures on the Virginia, forcing it to flee. The Russian Defense Ministry sent a message to the US military attaché following the event.
So why is this event so important?
On the eastern front, Russia’s potential rivals include Japan and the United States, with whom it has territorial disputes in the Kuril Islands. To understand the depth of the problem, here are some some details
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force has two light aircraft carriers, two helicopter carriers, 12 large destroyers, 29 medium destroyers, 6 frigates and 21 diesel-electric submarines as well as a large number of modern fighter and anti-submarine aircraft. In addition, the U.S. Seventh Fleet is also stationed in Japan, including a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, two Ticonderoga-class cruisers, seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and the flagship USS Mount Whitney, 4 amphibious assault ships, 2 minesweepers and 3 Los Angeles-class multipurpose nuclear submarines. Not to mention the US Seventh Fleet, the surface power of the Sea of Japan alone has surpassed the Russian Pacific Fleet.