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Russian Navy Chief: Submarine Patrols Up 50 Percent Over Last Year

Russian submarine Severodvinsk

Russian submarine Severodvinsk

The military leader of the Russian Navy has acknowledged an increase in submarine patrols to “prevent threats to national security” in the last year, according to Russian state media.

“From January 2014 to March 2015 the intensity of patrols by submarines has risen by almost 50 percent as compared to 2013,” Russian Navy head Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Thursday, according to Russian state backed Sputnik International news service.
“This is logical and necessary to guarantee the security of the state.”

Following the seizure of the Crimean region of the Ukraine by Russia last year, the Russian Navy has stepped up its international naval presence.

In November, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert acknowledged that Russia was “very busy in the undersea domain.”

Submarines are the most advanced and effective component of the Russian fleet, far outpacing Russia’s surface fleet in terms of capability.

“They are building new frigates, they are building new destroyers [but] they’re not out and about so much,” Greenert said.

Though Russia’s uptick in the quantity of submarine patrols is since the start of 2014, it has made bold moves in the last several years.

“Although Moscow has made no attempt to conceal the fact that it plans to accelerate submarine operations, the audacity of some recent patrols exemplifies a troubling trend,” wrote Lt. Cmdr. Tom Spahn, USNR in a June 2013 article on Russian submarine forces in Naval Institute Proceedings.

“In late 2012, an Akula allegedly remained undetected for several weeks while conducting operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Later that same year, a Sierra-2-class guided-missile submarine crept within a mere 200 miles of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. In the Mediterranean, Russian submarines have similarly increased operations, likely including participation in a massive naval exercise off the coast of Syria in January 2013.”

Russia has also stepped up its new submarine construction programs.

Last year, Russia’s first Yasen-class Project 885 nuclear attack boat — K-329 Severodvinsk — became operational ahead of a planned class of eight.

It’s also fielding a new Borei-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN).

  • sragsd0416

    “In late 2012, an Akula allegedly remained undetected for several weeks while conducting operations in the Gulf of Mexico” – if you are going to hype an article from some idiot that makes up stuff he heard from an E-3 in Starbucks (essentially this is what the person who spread this little gem did) AKA as the “the Washington Free Beacon” you are doing a disservice to your readers. Your article says that a Russian Admiral states that submarine patrols are up 50 percent from a period of 15 months (Jan 2014 to March – which is not over yet 2015) as compared to a period of 12 months (2013). However instead of proving more substantial information you discuss Frigates and Destroyers being built and the number of NEWCON Submarines that maybe built – none of which has anything to do with an increase in submarine patrols.

  • NavySubNuke

    This could mean a lot of things. If they only did submarine patrols and than suddenly did 3 that is a 50% increase – but not exactly one to worry about.
    But I guess getting even 3 submarines un-welded from the pier is a big accomplishment given the collapse of the price of oil.

  • aztec69

    So they doubled the number of patrols in the Gulf of Mexico? How about the number of patrols off the Strait of Juan de Fuca or St. Mary’s, GA? Or maybe Guam, Pearl Harbor or San Diego?

    • 2IDSGT

      I do wish the US would pay internet tolls; seems like an easy living…

      …oh wait… we basically run the internet, which means you’re allowed to be be here courtesy of the US information establishment.

      Carry on.

  • aztec69

    I’ve been watching Putin’s sabre rattling tactics and his putting the Russian military on alert. It makes me wonder what would happen if Obama picked up the phone and ordered a surge of our nuclear subs to sea NOW? The last time a president tried it I hear it didn’t work very well.

  • Secundius

    Probably the only thing in the Russian Federation Navy that actually Works…

  • Secundius

    Where exactly is the FEAR FACTOR. Even from Russian Sources, it take ~8-years to build just one Borei class Boomer. Next scheduled launching is around 2020 and this is using Russian Information Sources…

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