‘This has not happened before’: US wants to close the Atlantic for the Russian Navy

Andrey Kots.

The US Navy is forming a new task force to counter Russian submarines in the Atlantic. The Greyhound formation will consist of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Earlier, American admirals have repeatedly stated with concern: Russian naval submarines are increasingly entering the waters that Washington has always considered its fiefdom. On the tasks of the task force – in the material RIA Novosti.

Revived navy

The first to enter the group will be the destroyers Donald Cook and Thomas Hadner. Rear Admiral Brendan MacLaine, Commander of the US Navy’s Atlantic Surface Forces, said the ships’ crews specialize in submarine hunting. The destroyers The Sullivans, Cole and Gravely will later join. There will be four pennants in the group at the same time, the fifth one for repair and maintenance. In addition, depending on the mission, the Borzoi can be reinforced with multipurpose submarines or patrol aircraft. The connection will reach operational readiness by July 2022.

“The ships will soon be able to carry out the full range of tasks, including tracking Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic and protecting the United States at sea,” MacLaine said. training so that destroyers act as a whole. The strategic threat is growing day by day. Our key rivals spare no money and time to develop new weapons and technologies that are dangerous to the United States. In such conditions, it is necessary to act proactively.”

The task force will be part of the Second Fleet, recreated in 2018. During the Cold War, it opposed Soviet submarines in the Atlantic and was disbanded after the collapse of the USSR. Until recently, forces and means were allocated to this fleet as needed. Greyhoud will be the first full-time unit.

“Driven hunting”

“The Arlie Burke destroyers have been built since the late 1980s and are constantly being modernized,” Viktor Murakhovsky, editor-in-chief of the “Arsenal of the Fatherland” magazine, explained to RIA Novosti. distance up to 20 kilometers. In addition, there are torpedo tubes. Submarines are detected using sonar stations, inclu-ding a towed antenna.”

The expert emphasized that destroyers always work closely with the naval patrol aircraft, in particular with the P-8 Poseidon aircraft. Their task is to establish the approximate location of the target. After that, as they say in the Pentagon, the “driven hunt” begins. The area is surrounded by hydroacoustic buoys, ships enter there and survey sector by sector, gradually narrowing the search circle. In wartime, the discovered submarine is destroyed. In peacetime, they try to maintain constant hydroacoustic contact with her.

“Destroyers, as a rule, follow the trail of a submarine in pairs, replacing each other,” Murakhovsky clarifies. surfaced within the order of an aircraft carrier strike group to periscope depth and, remaining unnoticed, photographed Ameri-can ships. Soviet subma-riners regularly broke thro-ugh the lines of permanent buoys and detection stat-ions deployed at the exits to the Atlantic from the North Sea. I do not think that the formation of four destroyers will become for our fleet insoluble problem.”

Direct threat

According to Murakhovsky, Washington has just announced a task force of “hunters” for a reason. They consider Russian naval submarines with the Kalibr missile system to be a direct threat to ships and coastal infrastructure. Indeed, even one submarine cruiser that broke through the anti-submarine lines will cause very serious problems. In addition, the situation for the Americans will become more complicated when the Russian Navy begins to receive massively hypersonic Zircons. The Pentagon knows that there is simply nothing to defend against this strike complex today.

The United States also admits that Russia has learned to build really low-noise submarines, which are extremely difficult to detect: the nuclear “Ash” and the diesel-electric “Varshavyanka”. Back last year, Vice Admiral Andrew Woody Lewis said the Pentagon had lost dominance in the Atlantic. According to him, Moscow is using equipment with “more lethal weapons systems”, which makes the preparation of the Navy for operations more difficult. And outside the main Atlantic naval base, American sailors do not feel safe.

Of particular concern in the Pentagon is the promising Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicle with a nuclear warhead and virtually unlimited range. It is designed to destroy coastal cities as well as naval bases and is capable of inflicting unacceptable damage to the country with a guarantee. In Washington, it is assumed that the Poseidons will go to their goals just across the Atlantic.

Forbes experts have already called the drone “the submarine of the decade.” In their opinion, the American Mk 48 Advanced Capability torpedoes or the British Spearfish are powerless against the Poseidons: they cannot be reached due to their great depth and maneuverability. Forbes is confident that submarines with nuclear drones on board will soon become the main targets of the anti-submarine forces of NATO countries.

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