A Russian spy ship was spotted patrolling off the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday morning, the first such instance during the Trump administration, reports Fox News. This comes on the same day it was learned the Kremlin had secretly deployed cruise missiles inside Russia and flew within 200 yards of a US Navy destroyer, according to the report
The Russian ship SSV-175 Viktor Leonov was in international waters, 70 miles off the coast of Delaware and heading north at 10 knots, a US official told Fox News. The US territory line is 12 nautical miles.
The SSV-175 Viktor Leonov last sailed near the US in April 2015. It was also seen in Havana in January 2015. Capable of intercepting communications or signals, known as SIGINT, the ship can also measure US Navy sonar capabilities, a separate official said. The Russian spy ship is also armed with surface-to-air missiles. “It’s not a huge concern, but we are keeping our eyes on it,” one official said.
Later Tuesday, a US official confirmed to Fox News that Russia had deployed ground-launched cruise missiles to two locations inside the country in December. Adding to the aggressive actions, Fox News confirmed a report from The Washington Free Beacon that four Russian jets buzzed the USS Porter in the Black Sea on Friday. According to the report, the destroyer was roughly 186 miles southwest of Crimea and roughly 50 miles off the coast of Romania. A Russian IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft came in first, followed by two Su-24 attack jets, and then a single Su-24.