While there are some within our political realm that have downplayed the threat that Russia poses to the United States, they have done so at their own peril.
You see, when it comes to the RussiaGate conspiracy theory that Donald Trump colluded with the Kremlin in order to get elected in 2016, there are certainly several conclusions that need to be jumped to in order to fully believe it. Russia did in fact want Donald Trump to get elected, and they undoubtedly made efforts to ensure that this happened via internet troll farms and the possible hacking of the DNC servers, but there was no evidence found that coordination with the Trump campaign occurred.
So Trump may be innocent, but Russia sure isn’t. The GOP has been seemingly soft on Russia in the wake of the controversy, but only because they are afraid that Russia is somehow synonymous with Trump “cheating” in the election – which is not true in the least.
That means that, much to the chagrin of Vladimir Putin, half of the nation simply doesn’t like to acknowledge the threat that Russia poses to the United States.
Now, one Navy admiral is sounding the alarm again.
A senior U.S. Navy officer says that his service no longer considers the East Coast of the United States as an “uncontested” area or an automatic “safe haven” for its ships and submarines. This is a product of steadily increased Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic Ocean, including the deployment of more advanced and quieter types that can better evade detection.
U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Andrew “Woody” Lewis made these comments at a gathering the U.S. Naval Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank jointly hosted on Feb. 4, 2020. Lewis is the commander of the Navy’s 2nd Fleet, which the service reactivated in 2018 specifically to address the surge in Russia’s submarine operations in the Atlantic. This fleet, headquartered at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads in Virginia, reached full operational capability in December 2019.
Lewis’ warning was stark.
“Our new reality is that when our sailors toss the lines over and set sail, they can expect to be operating in a contested space once they leave Norfolk,” Lewis said. “Our ships can no longer expect to operate in a safe haven on the East Coast or merely cross the Atlantic unhindered to operate in another location.”“We have seen an ever-increasing number of Russian submarines deployed in the Atlantic, and these submarines are more capable than ever, deploying for longer periods of time, with more lethal weapons systems,” he continued. “Our sailors have the mindset that they are no longer uncontested and to expect to operate alongside our competitors each and every underway.”
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