America’s most senior naval officer in Europe, Adm. James Foggo, said Friday that he was “concerned” about some of Russia’s newer and more advanced fleet of submarines.
“Russia is not 10 feet tall but they do have assets that keep me vigilant, concerned. One of them is in the undersea domain,” Foggo, the commander of US Naval Forces Europe, told reporters at the Pentagon, FOX 40 News reports.
Russia’s surface fleet, including its aging aircraft carrier, posed little threat —Moscow does “not have a robust capital ship capability” — my concerns are more over about Russian advancements in its development of submarines and cruise missiles.
We’ve seen creation of new classes of all sorts of submarines and ships. I’m more concerned with submarine warfare, Russians have produced the new Dolgorukiy-class submarine. They’ve produced the Severodvinsk-class submarine. They’ve produced the new Kilo hybrid-class submarines.
Six of the Kilo-class subs are either operating in the Black Sea or the eastern Mediterranean, where they’re firing the Kalibr missile, a Russian-made cruise missile which is very capable of reaching any one of the capitals of Europe.
That’s a concern to me, and it’s a concern to my NATO partners and friends. So we should know where they are at all times, we need the US and allied investment in anti-submarine warfare capabilities.” ~ Adm. James Foggo
K-535 Yuriy Dolgorukiy is the first Borei-class ballistic missile submarine of the Project 955 in service with the Russian Navy.
The Yasen-class submarine is the newest Russian nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine.
The mainstay of the Russian Navy’s conventionally powered fleet are Project 877–class submarines, known as the Kilo class to NATO and the West. Nicknamed the “Black Hole” submarine by the U.S. Navy, the Improved Kilos are extremely quiet. The class has been built more or less continuously for thirty years, a testament to their effectiveness at sea.
A lot of silencing went into the Kilos. The hull is described as having the approximate shape of a drop of water and greatly reducing water resistance. The propulsion plant is isolated on a rubber base so it doesn’t touch the hull, preventing vibrations from turning into noise that can be heard outside the boat. The ship has a rubbery anechoic coating to deaden noise emanating from the submarine.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.