WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States has ceased to be “inaccessible” due to the modernization of the Russian submarine fleet, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Business Insider magazine.
The publication notes that the previous calm about the inability of the Russian Federation to reach the United States at the Pentagon no longer exists. Now the US Navy is rapidly shifting to underwater warfare training and exercises in the Atlantic.
“But everyone is already well aware that our country is no longer accessible, so we must be prepared to conduct high-level operations in local waters,” said Vice Admiral Daryl Coddle, commander of the US Underwater Forces.
So, from September 12 to 18, the Americans have already conducted the Black Widow 2020 exercise in the Atlantic and developed cooperation for a “confrontation with Russia” in the region.
The maneuvers included two assault submarines, two destroyers and two Wasp assault ships, two squadrons of MH-60R Seahawk submarines, a Boeing P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft and a submarine aggression squadron.
As Business Insider noted on September 29, the U.S. military is primarily concerned with Russia’s modernized submarine fleet. Despite the fact that Moscow now has fewer submarines than in the Soviet era, they are more advanced, quieter and capable of striking even on land.
“From a mathematical point of view, the Russian navy is not as much of a threat as it was during the Cold War. But if we talk about its potential, it still poses a tangible threat,” said Michael Petersen, director of the Russian Naval Research Institute at the American Naval College.
According to him, the Russian Federation has already demonstrated the power of the navy by striking terrorists in Syria with “Caliber” cruise missiles. The expert believes that the potential for a submarine strike on land could be crucial in the event of war.
The US Navy cannot track Russian submarines of Ash project
In April this year the American National Interest magazine appreciated the Russian submarines of the Ash project and the stealth of these submarines, because of which the United States lost their mark in the past.
The magazine reminded the words of Rear Admiral of the American Navy Dave Johnson, who was so impressed by Severodvinsk, the lead ship of the project, that he ordered his model for his office, “so as not to forget what the Navy will have to deal with.”
One of the advantages of “Ash” submarines is stealth. So, in 2018, when the Russian submarine sailed in the Atlantic Ocean, the US military could not find it for several weeks. The whole thing, NI explains, is in a case made of low-magnetic steel, which significantly reduces the magnetic signature of the submarine.
“In peacetime, losing a Russian submarine is a headache. During a conflict, losing a track of a submarine is a mortal danger,” the author concluded.
Submarines of the Ash project are a series of fourth-generation domestic multi-purpose submarines. The lead ship of the project – the nuclear submarine Severodvinsk – entered the fleet in 2014.
This fall, the Kazan submarine, designed under the modernized Yasen-M project, is also expected to be adopted. As part of this series, the domestic fleet should also receive the submarines Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Arkhangelsk, Perm, Ulyanovsk and two more ships.
US Admiral warns of the dangers of Russian submarines in the Mediterranean
Russia is turning the Eastern Mediterranean into one of the most militarized zones in the world thanks to the presence of submarines. This opinion was shared by the commander of the US Navy in Europe and Africa, James Foggo.
“The Russians are deploying quiet, modern diesel submarines armed with Caliber,” Foggo quotes Stars and Stripes. He noted that Russian submarines are capable of moving in different parts in European waters and can hit missiles in any capital of Europe or Africa.
Thus, according to him, the military needs to be especially careful. In addition, he warned of the possibility of Russian forces strengthening their positions in Libya. “Now think about what Russia is doing in the Crimea and Tartus and what kind of threat they can pose by acquiring a stronghold in Libya,” Foggo added.
American silent sea wolf tracks the tests of a new Russian submarine
The nuclear submarine USS Seawolf, Seawolf type, arrived near the Tromso base in Norway on August 21, 2020, officially to give the crew a rest. On this occasion, the Americans explained why a strike submarine of this class operates in the Atlantic, despite its permanent base over the Pacific.
As it turns out, USS Seawolf is now subordinate to the 6th Fleet, under the command of the 8th Submarine Group 8 and the commander of the 69th Task Force 69. Officially, the presence of this nuclear unit is to increase the possibilities of submarine warfare for US naval forces in Europe.
Introduced into service in 1997, it no longer arouses such admiration when it comes to weapon systems, if only because there is no vertical launch launcher for the Tomahawks – like the currently built Virginia nuclear submarines. Still, the armament of the eight 660 mm bow torpedo tubes, 50 torpedoes and rockets, is impressive.
In addition, the excellent grades of stealth have not changed. It is still believed that they may be the most silent submarines in the world. And perhaps this is exactly why one of the Seawolfs suddenly started operating in the North Atlantic.
It is a good starting point to track and work out the newest Russian nuclear submarine “Kazan”, project 885M, type “Yasen-M”, which is just completing state research based on the Russian Northern Fleet and is to be put into service there in 2020.
Its staff is not yet trained enough to be able to compete underwater with the crew of an American submarine seasoned in operational missions. Additionally, the American unit moves faster under water than its Russian counterpart, which makes this kind of task even easier.
Taking advantage of this, the Americans may try to supplement their base of acoustic signatures with a new type of ship, which is very different from the prototype of the project 885 – “Severodvinsk” (the construction of which began 16 years earlier than the “Kazan”), which was already put into service.
Acting pragmatically, the Americans may also want to “get to know” the newest French nuclear-powered submarine type Barracuda, which has just started a shipbuilding trial. This is of course an allied unit, but its data should also be in the resources of the US Navy database. Seawolf ships are ideal for similar operations. Even in spite of such possibilities, the Americans had to stop the program of building these units, at the very beginning.
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“The arrival of Seawolf complements our already solid submarine warfare capabilities and testifies to our continued commitment to maritime safety and deterrence throughout the region.” Rear Admiral Anthony Carullo – Commander of the 8th Submarine Group said.
The history of Seawolf-class submarines is very similar to that of the futuristic Zumwalt-class missile destroyers. Despite the fact that in both cases it was planned to introduce about thirty such units, not found anywhere else, in the end it ended with the construction of three ships of each type. The technical solutions used on these ships turned out to be too expensive and it was finally necessary to find a cheaper and less sophisticated solution.
In the case of the Seawolf type submarines, it ended with the introduction of two units of this type in addition to USS Seawolf: USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23).
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