President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have at least one thing in common. They both give very little warning about what they are doing, and they often give away purposeful whispers so that the warning is known, As USNI News has confirmed, Putin has been ordering increased activity in the Atlantic ocean.
Since Russia has defied the U.S., mocked American airspace, and traversed uninvited into the nation’s waters with submarines and other vessels, the “aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) has left the Mediterranean Sea and is now operating in the Atlantic Ocean.” Now, any irresponsible breaches by Mr. Putin could easily lead to conflict.
A few escorts and the Carrier Air Wing 1 went sailing with purpose after having been docked in Marseille, France.
“As a matter of longstanding policy, we do not discuss future operations, but I can tell you that the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group will continue to conduct operations in support of our NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and U.S. national security interests,” said Cmdr. John Perkins, a spokesman with U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa.
Clearly, President Trump s playing his cards close to the vest.
It is known that Secretary of Defense James Mattis is concerned about two area, along with other Pentagon officials, the “return to great power competition outlined in new strategic planning documents,” and he stated need for “strategically predictable and operationally unpredictable” forces.
Russia, as if learning nothing from the well-documented close calls of the Cold War, keeps running their submarines deeper and deeper into Atlantic waters. “Russian submarines are prowling the Atlantic, testing our defenses, confronting our command of the seas, and preparing the complex underwater battlespace to give them an edge in any future conflict,” confirmed U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa commander Adm. James Foggo in writings for the “U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings in 2016.”
Gleaning information on how U.S. submarines and ships are built, how they move, and how they both operate and respond can give Russia a clear edge in any future war. These are just some of the reasons why the spying must be stopped, even if no attack is planned.
“Not only have Russia’s actions and capabilities increased in alarming and confrontational ways, its national-security policy is aimed at challenging the United States and its NATO allies and partners,” Foggo also wrote, confirming this concern.
The French and English have not war-gamed with the Carrier forces sent or other “surface ships,” either, so this will likely happen now. President Donald Trump is sending a clear message to Mr. Putin that he is well aware of what the former Soviet state is doing, and he is not Obama. It simply will no longer be tolerated.
“Our Atlantic coast guys need a chance to train against good submariners,” said Clark. “Either they’re it doing with the French or the British for training or for hope of finding a Russian submarine.”
This may anger Russia quite a bit, but at the end of the day, they have only themselves to blame. Had they stayed out of U.S waters, this would not be a priority today.
What is worrisome is that the escort fleet “include[s] up to six guided-missile destroyers and the German Navy guided missile frigate FGS Hessen (F 221).” That means that if Russia does get testy about these operations, the ending could be serious.
Clark said that DDG’s are able to detect Russia’s subs, but “You have to make a special effort to put them there.”
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson is no happier about the increased and unwanted Russian presence. Still, Putin would be wise to not get too cocky. “It’s an aspect of the security environment that it’s getting harder to do things without being observed, no matter where you are. So we’re going to have to be clever about that,” the Adm. said.
“The Navy is making deliberate prioritization decisions in accordance with the [national defense strategy] which may disrupt the ‘business as usual’,” declared a “Navy official.” This shows that, unlike how Obama allowed Uncle Sam’s face to be slapped almost daily, Trump shall not.
“We must prioritize lethality, deterrence capability, training and readiness of the defined fighting unit, and will ensure the mission is met with the right capability and platform,” the same official added.
What all of this means is that Donald Trump seems to be spending a lot of money not trying to start a war, but to get ready for one. Hawaii was just reported to have been getting quite a boost in terms of WMD defense and this is work in the Atlantic Ocean is no different. This is very much in keeping with his campaign promise to have a nation so powerful that no one would ever dream of attacking her.
Hopefully, Putin gets the memo. It has only two words, after all, “STAY OUT!“