A Russian Spy Ship Off The Coast? What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

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The Viktor Leonov, a Vishnya-class intelligence ship is reportedly 30 miles off the coast of New London.

“THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!” Or at least, they’re sort of nearby, reliving their glory days. If you’re the Russian Navy and are looking for some “Nuklear Wessels”, why not park off the submarine base at Groton and see what the Americans are up to?

Actually, this is pretty typical behavior for the Russians. They surveil our bases all the time.  As long as they don’t come within the 12 mile national waters boundary, the Coast Guard and Navy aren’t really going to do anything about it aside from tracking the vessel and possibly sending out the occasional ship or aircraft to say “Hey, how you doin’?”



Such a vessel is packed full of electronic eavesdropping equipment, but Navy experts doubt their ability to crack our communication encryptions.

So if this ship had shown up at a time when Russian intrigue within the Trump administration hadn’t just cost National Security Advisor Michael Flynn of Middletown his job, it likely wouldn’t have made headlines.

As for the worst that could happen…

It’s unlikely that you saw the 1999 Jamie Lee Curtis flick Virus, as it was a box office bomb, but it lays out a worst case scenario pretty well. Well, not really “well”.

Barring any extra-terrestrial life forces being transmitted into the Viktor Leonov, killing the crew and preparing to take over the world, we should be fine.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Naval Correspondent


Tristan’s just this guy, ya know?