The United States and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) are warning that Russian nuclear submarines are at their highest levels in decades. This new warning comes over a year after Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.
Military analysts are now analyzing what Russia’s likely plans are with these subs, as the US also deploys nuclear subs around the world.
On High Alert For Atlantic Subs
On Wednesday, April 26, Chris Cavoli, NATO’s Europe chief, said the threat of Russian subs is very real and needs to be taken much more seriously.
As recently as October 26 of last year, power Russian nuclear-powered subs were detected in the Atlantic. This type of Russian submarine is about to launch a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Cavoli says he is concerned about a large number of Russian operations in the Atlantic. He also points out that this shows Russia’s military power, since they are continuing significant maritime maneuvers even while engaged in the war against Ukraine.
Russia has increased its submarine presence in the Atlantic at a higher level than ever in recent years. https://t.co/HT5a0UNH7N
— U.S. News & World Report (@usnews) April 27, 2023
Big Red Flag
This represents a major red flag for the U.S. and its allies. Military analysts have lately pointed to a particularly worrying factor.
This is because the large concentration of Russia’s Pacific fleet has been constantly conducting massive exercises in recent years. Moscow has it on a high state of readiness.
Such exercises make the partnership between Beijing and Moscow clear, a partnership that’s only gotten stronger over the past several decades as the US failed to get along with Russia.
At this time, the US is also sending a nuclear sub to South Korea, which is the first time in four decades.
Russia already threatened to directly support and arm North Korea if the US and NATO directly enter or get more involved in the Ukraine war. This situation is escalating into all the signs of a possible world war.
Trump: Meets with Kim Jong Un and drastically deescalates potential for nuclear war
Biden: “US to dock nuclear subs in South Korea for 1st time in 40 years”https://t.co/w0hCrwh49M
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) April 26, 2023
The Bottom Line
Russia may be losing strength on the ground in Ukraine, but underestimating its arsenal would be a horrible mistake. As the assistant secretary of defense noted, the strength of Russia’s armed forces and equipment cannot be overlooked.
Wallander made a point of reminding people that Russia holds the world’s largest nuclear reserves, in all three areas: cyber, air, and underwater.This article appeared in FreshOffThePress and has been published here with permission.