Russian Navy Exercises 30 Miles Off the Coast of Hawaii
And 2,500 miles from its soil
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Military officials said Monday that vessels participating in a Russian naval exercise in international waters off Hawaii are beginning to move away from the islands.
Capt. Mike Kafka, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command spokesman, said the closest Russian ships were confirmed to have come within 20 to 30 nautical miles off Hawaii.
“We closely tracked all vessels,” he said.
“The Russian vessels are transiting west and are out of the Hawaii Operation Area. As part of our normal daily operations, we continue to track all vessels in the Indo-Pacific area of operations through maritime patrol aircraft, surface ship, and joint capabilities.”
During the Russian naval exercise, military officials scrambled F-22 Raptors at least twice from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. A US carrier strike group was also moved closer to Hawaii.
The exercise was the largest in the Pacific conducted by the Russian Navy since the end of the Cold War. The exercise included surface ships, anti-submarine aircraft and long-range bombers.
Source: Hawaii News Now
The Russian fleet consists of the guided missile cruiser Varyag (above), the frigates Marshal Shaposhnikov and Admiral Panteleyev, and the Steregushchy-class frigates Sovershenny, Gromkiy, and Aldar Tsydenzhapov.
The tip-off to the Russian task force’s presence is the Marshal Krylov, an unarmed missile range instrumentation ship. [Originally built to support the Soviet space program.] The 692-foot-long ship is designed to sit downrange of a long-range missile test and observe with its Ship Globe (NATO nickname) missile-tracking radar. The Krylov also boasts balloon and surface/air search radars, the Tayfun-2 satellite communications system, and the Shtorm communications suite.
Folks need to revisit aspects of the 'declinist' narrative on Russia, especially as it concerns Russian military power, operational capacity, and capability. Last year the exercise was off Alaska. The number of ships deploying and proximity to US coast is on a trendline. pic.twitter.com/ibmAO2izU5
— Michael Kofman (@KofmanMichael) June 24, 2021