America was raging, reveling in its power. Having killed General Soleymani, legendary for modern Persia, the United States firmly and essentially ultimatum demanded that all countries within the walls of the UN condemn the attack on the US embassy in Iraq on December 31, which, according to Trump, became the reason for “punishing criminals”. According to the US, other states were to applaud Washington. Like, how cool the CIA did when the Iranian hero was eliminated by an air strike behind the doors of the American diplomatic mission in Baghdad, set alight by an angry mob.
Russia and China, two permanent members of the UN Security Council, blocked a US statement that would de facto justify a political assassination. Which, again, Washington did not like very much.
Against the background of controversial events of the last week of 2019 and the first days of 2020, threats were also addressed to Moscow. They were voiced not by politicians from Washington, but by the star-striped military. You need to understand this: if something happens, the Russians will get it.
The US Naval Institute (U.S. Naval Institute, or USNI), the mouthpiece of the US Navy, said that “the 2nd fleet, created to strengthen the American Atlantic presence against the Russian Federation, is fully operational.” According to Sam Lagrone, the author of the news, Russia is named “as the main center of American military concern,” because Russian “submarine forces have become more sophisticated and capable.” But now the Russian submarines are in full view.
Admiral Andrew Lewis, commander of the 2nd US Navy, bluntly stated that America “is present in the North Atlantic and is ready to fight in the region” with the Russians. Speaking about the reason that could provoke a military conflict with the Russian Federation, the brave warrior did not bother, citing standard phrases about “freedom of navigation”. He slashed from the shoulder: America wants to control the waterways in the Arctic, because, due to climate warming, the Arctic Ocean is becoming a “competitive space.” Apparently, the States decided to “squeeze” our Northern Sea Route.
Note that the most irreconcilable hawks are sitting in the leadership of the US Navy. They consider the entire oceans to be their patrimony. They are furious that “some small and arrogant Russian little ships are getting mixed up under the feet of American aircraft carriers.” In particular, in June 2019, retired admiral James Stavridis urged his colleagues to severely drive out the 22350 Admiral Gorshkov frigate, who visited Cuba and Venezuela to demonstrate support for the Bolivarian Republic. And if he does not obey, use force.
It is no secret that a trip to the underbelly of the United States of our advanced warship with 72 launch bays with the most advanced missiles, including 16 supersonic Onyxes, was the “answer” for the February visit to Odessa of the American destroyer Donald Cook. The Americans categorically did not like the Admiral Gorshkov’s campaign, as well as the threat of a real clash between the Russian large anti-submarine ship Admiral Vinogradov and the USS cruiser Chancellorsville (CG-62) on June 7 in the Pacific Ocean.
The same Stavridis was indignant that on February 10, 2017, the crew of the USS Porter (DDG-78) destroyer, located in the Black Sea, did not shoot down two Russian Su-24 fighter bomber that flew over the ship. The captain of the USS Porter, in the opinion of the retired admiral, was obliged to respond to this as an attack. Say, there wouldn’t be any atomic war anyway, but the Russians no longer risked that.
It is clear that former US admirals can afford statements in the style of our Zhirinovsky, however, the United States formed the 2nd fleet, which, unlike other numbered fleets of the US Navy, does not have fixed geographical borders. It was created specifically to provide continuous monitoring of the ships and submarine of the Russian Navy, operating primarily in the Atlantic.
The concept of the 2nd fleet clearly states: “A new, unlimited system allows the Navy to carry out continuous command and control from the East Coast through Greenland, Iceland, the UK (GIUK) and further to the Arctic and the Barents Sea.” Its main task is to neutralize the Russian submarines, which, according to officers and admirals of the US Navy, is completely solvable.
In particular, Kevin McAllister, who has been serving on various U.S. Navy submarines for 22 years, said that every Russian submarine that goes into the sea ultimately has an American or NATO submarine on its tail. According to him, the Russian nuclear submarine just does not throw the ropes and does not go on combat duty. This is preceded by time and vanity at the base.
There are a number of checks that need to be done, and then downloads of everything you need are carried out: from spare parts to food for the crew.
In general, the preparation of a Russian nuclear submarine can take up to 72 hours, which, taking into account satellite observation and the intelligence network, allows Americans to prepare for surveillance of it.
– Currently, the quietest Russian submarine matches (or is slightly better) far from new 688 Los Angeles class submarines, – says Kevin McAllister. – So tracking the Russian submarine is not a very difficult job, although it requires practice. This is what the US Submarine Service has been able to acquire and improve through continuous monitoring. ”
Scott Fahsbender, a former U.S. Navy officer, notes that the American submarine following the Russian submarine does not communicate with the outside world in real time. And this creates an illusion among the Russians that they are invisible.
What in reality does the army of Iran have in order to fully take revenge on the United States?
At the same time, Fahsbender cited one example: the P-3 Orion patrol plane somehow flew over the training area of the Russian fleet and made a sharp turn exactly over the positions of each of the Russian Navy submarines participating in the maneuvers. P-3 did not even look for them – it just flew straight from one point to another, thereby showing that submarines were found.
Approximately in this spirit, Admiral James Foggo, the commander of the US Navy in Europe and Africa, says: “We see a surge in underwater activity from the fleet of the Russian Federation, which has not been observed for a long time. Russia continues to invest in its underwater holdings; it is an asymmetric way to challenge the West and the NATO alliance. In fact, they did it pretty well. But we still have a competitive advantage in the submarine forces of the United States, I think we are the best in the world, and we need to stay that way.”
But the question immediately arises: why are Americans so self-confident? Or do they really have an antidote against our nuclear submarines? Is there really no secrecy regime at the bases of the Russian Navy and is it becoming known in the Pentagon about preparations for the next military campaign? Russians should hope that the Russian Defense Ministry is aware of the American assessments of our submarine fleet.