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.
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 .
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– 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.