Russia is modernizing its submarine force around Europe to directly challenge American naval dominance — greater than any other period since the Cold War, Admiral James Foggo told Stars and Stripes in an interview last week.
The commander said the U.S. must expand its naval force, along with enhancing its submarine fleet to combat Russian aggression in the region.
Tensions between Russia and NATO have never been higher. According to a new report from the United States Naval Institute(USNI), the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), the eighth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier of the U.S. Navy, has exited the Mediterranean Sea and is now patrolling the Atlantic Ocean, an unnamed defense official recently told USNI.
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) conducts a strait transit. Truman is currently deployed as part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe on April 27, 2018. (Source: US Navy Photo/USNI)
Earlier this week, the Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)/Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1), a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, and its support vessels sailed through the Strait of Gibraltar, a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
UNCONFIRMED REPORT USS Harry S. Truman, CVN 75, left the Mediterranean Sea after passing the Strait of Gibraltar, Interfax reported, citing data from systems monitoring the movement of sea-going vessels. pic.twitter.com/ZzEFCq52jI
“As a matter of longstanding policy, we do not discuss future operations, but I can tell you that the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group will continue to conduct operations in support of our NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and U.S. national security interests,” Cmdr. John Perkins, a spokesman with U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa, told USNI News.
USNI believes the shifting of U.S. naval assets to the Atlantic Ocean is the expression of two themes: remain superior over Russia and be strategically predictable and operationally unpredictable.
Russia’s Navy, as a whole, is still dealing with underinvestment following the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, in recent years, Putin has modernized the military with new attack submarines to alter the balance of naval power with NATO. USNI pointed out that these Russian high-tech submarines are being deployed in the “North Atlantic at a pace not seen since the Cold War,” which has alarmed NATO officials.
“Russian submarines are prowling the Atlantic, testing our defenses, confronting our command of the seas, and preparing the complex underwater battlespace to give them an edge in any future conflict,” current U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa commander Adm....