Why the U.S. and Russian navies exchanged “splashing” of their APLs

By | August 30, 2020
Why the U.S. and Russian navies exchanged

The day before, the press got very interesting information. The U.S. And Russian Navies exchanged the “splashing” of their APL in close proximity to the territorial waters of a potential adversary. The event is not trivial, so it is hard to believe in coincidence. What did the Pentagon and the Defense Ministry want to say to each other?

Last Friday, the Russian Omsk APL surfaced in international waters near the state of Alaska. It is an atomic submarine of the Antey project, designed to destroy aircraft carrier strike groups at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers and land-based – at 2.6 thousand kilometers. There are Kalibr and Onyx cruise missiles on board, as well as anti-ship Granits. Omsk is a member of the Russian Pacific Fleet and is based in Vilyuchinsk in Kamchatka.

The fact is that just so APL, who are on combat duty, do not pop up. The submarine participated in the exercises “Pacific Shield 2020”, successfully shot at targets, but then somehow gave itself to find the American intelligence. There are at least two versions, this event is explaining.

According to the first, there could have been some serious emergency on board the nuclear submarine cruiser. By the way, “Omsk” was built on the same project as the infamous Kursk. In 1999, while on alert in the Mediterranean Sea, Kursk was discovered as it had risen to an almost surface position, but was able to successfully escape. However, the need to urgently resurface at the “Omsk” could have arisen not only because of the accident on board but also in the case of some injury or serious illness in the crew member, who may need to evacuate.

According to the second version, there was no emergency, on the contrary, everything went “according to plan.” Just before this event in the Barents Sea, the USS Seawolf briefly appeared on the surface. It is one of the best multi-purpose, fast, and “quiet” submarines in the U.S. Navy, adapted to action in Arctic conditions. Vice-Admiral Darryl Codl said that its appearance near Russia’s maritime borders is not without reason:

The move of Sivulf from Bangor under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Sixth Fleet demonstrates the global combat power of America’s submarine forces. Our soldiers are the best in the world in submarine warfare and have unparalleled capabilities designed to strengthen our fleet and increase the effectiveness of the combined forces in competitions and conflicts.

It would be unreasonable to deny the combat power of the U.S. submarine fleet, but the Russian Defense Ministry also has something. It is likely that the “spelling” of the Omsk APL near the United States has demonstrative goals. The submarine successfully shot at the exercises, showing the Pentagon that it knows well the potential TVD. It was also surprising that TASS reported that the Russian nuclear submarine cruisers will soon receive new Kalibr-M cruise missiles, whose range will exceed 4,000 kilometers. Their combat part can be both shrapnel-high-explosive, and nuclear.

It is quite possible that this is how the military sailors exchanged “hellos.”

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