In a report last week from national security expert Bill Gertz, a Russian Akula class nuclear attack submarine patrolled the waters of the Gulf of Mexico for a month over the summer. The Akula’s job is to find and destroy US ballistic missile subs, known in Navy parlance as “boomers.” It can also fire cruise missiles with a range of nearly 2,000 miles.
More troubling is that the Navy, whose job it is to detect enemy subs with satellites, ocean sensors and warning nets, and antisubmarine aircraft, had no idea the Akula was in the Gulf until after it was gone. And with a major US boomer sub base at King’s Bay, Georgia, the report is all the more disturbing. Continue reading