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POWERFUL WEAPON: An MK48 torpedo is loaded onto the USS "Minnesota" attack submarine while it is docked at Haakonsvern naval base. Photo: Chief Petty Officer Travis Simmons / US Navy

The Hake Conservation call took place days before Russia showed muscle against Norway and NATO.

The US Navy’s 6th Fleet shared photos on Twitter of the US attack submarine USS “Minnesota” on Thursday, when it recently entered the Navy’s headquarters Haakonsvern off Bergen.

– This is probably due to an increased Allied presence and a much greater US interest in the High North. Russian submarine traffic has increased following the introduction of the new submarine classes Severodvinsk and Borej, says researcher Ståle Ulriksen at the Naval War School to TV 2.

Another US submarine was also on a top secret cruise in the Mediterranean, to follow Russian activity.

An attack submarine is very well suited as an intelligence platform and is among the most effective anti submarine weapons available.

E-service: – Ten Russian submarines participated

The US nuclear submarine visited Haakonsvern just days before Russian submarines sailed from Kola to participate in Russia’s largest submarine operation since the Cold War.

Ten Russian submarines participated. The goal of some of the submarines was, according to the Intelligence Service, to reach the Atlantic without NATO discovering them.

– At the end of October, ten submarines deployed from their bases at Kola to the northern Norwegian Sea. The goal for some of these was to reach the Atlantic without being discovered, the Intelligence Service told TV 2.

BY TAKE: USS "Minnesota" visited Haakonsvern just days before Russia started a massive submarine operation in the north.
BY TAKE: USS “Minnesota” visited Haakonsvern just days before Russia started a massive submarine operation in the north. Photo: Chief Petty Officer Travis Simmons / US Navy

One of them was the “Severodvinsk” nuclear-powered assault submarine , operating from its home base some 50 kilometers from the Norwegian-Russian border.

According to the Intelligence Service, “Severodvinsk” is “very capable” and can hit surface vessels, other submarines and targets on land.

In the fall, Russia practiced the bastion defense, which means denying NATO access to the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea . Large danger areas were established in Norway’s economic zone.

According to the Intelligence Service, Russia used the submarine operation to show muscle against Norway and NATO .

Here GPS jams the Norwegian forces

– With this operation, Russia wants to demonstrate that they are able to defend their bases on Kola and at the same time threaten any transfer of military forces and supplies from the US to Europe.

“At the same time, this will be a test of whether we and our allies are able to detect and handle this,” the Intelligence Service wrote in an email to TV 2 on Friday.

Suitable for coastal operations

According to an FFI report, the Virginia-class reactor-powered attack submarine USS “Minnesota” of the Virginia class is especially suitable for coastal operations, and has good opportunities for cooperation with special forces.

https://www.tv2.no/a/11009757


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3 COMMENTS

  1. The Minnesota? An attack sub? I don’t think so. Fast attacks are named after cities, that is why it’s called the Los Angeles class. Boomers (missle subs) are named after states. That is why they are called Ohio class. MK48’s are not nukes (unless they have been modified). There is not enough shielding, and a dialed up yield would destroy the sub along with the target. For anyone who is curious, my avatar photo is of the business end of a Gato class submarine.

  2. I have forwarded this VT rehash article to six major Norwegian media.
    Norway’s official nuclear arms policy is “no atomic weapons on Norwegian soil”. Since the nuclear torpedoes were loaded onto US submarine(s) from the Norwegian base Haakonsvern (South of Bergen City on the Western coast of Norway), the nuke torpedoes must have been broght onto the sovereign soil of Norway in blatant violtion of official policy. This news