WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines have been patrolling off the Eastern seaboard of the United States in recent days in a rare mission that has raised concerns inside the Pentagon, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
While the submarines had not taken any provocative action beyond their presence outside U.S. territorial waters, officials expressed wariness over Russia’s motivation for ordering such an unusual mission, the newspaper said.
“Any time the Russian Navy does something so out of the ordinary it is cause for worry,” a senior Defense Department official who has been monitoring reports on the submarines’ activities told the newspaper.
The U.S. Navy was able to track the submarines as they made their way through international waters off the American coastline, the official told the newspaper.
Russian subs patrol off our coast in international waters and we patrol all over the world in international waters. Happens all the time.