A Russian spy ship was spotted conducting surveillance operations off Kings Bay Submarine Naval Base (SUBASE) near Camden County, according to Navy Officials.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, these types of ships are known for conducting annual missions near sensitive U.S. military facilities of the eastern seaboard. The SUBASE is home to U.S. nuclear missile submarines.
We are tracking the Viktor Leonov’s presence off the East Coast, much like we are aware of all vessels approaching the United States,” said Navy Cmdr. Bill Speaks, a Navy spokesman.
For the past several days the ship has been located 20 nautical miles offshore shadowing U.S. military ships and P-8 surveillance aircraft.
Such operations from the Russians come days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the development of a new “invincible” nuclear weapon. The Russian president showed a video presentation simulation showing multiple warheads striking Florida.
Kings Bay is the location of Submarine Group 10 that includes six nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines and two guided missile submarines. It is also the location of Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic, that is in charge of maintaining nuclear warheads for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
The Leonov has been tracked since January when it left Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.
The last time a Russian spy ship was reported to be off the coast of Georgia was in 2015.