On Friday morning, a Russian spy ship named Victor Leonov is said to be loitering just ahead of 19 miles from land, as per to the government officials.
As per previous reports, the specific spy ship was spotted in last Wednesday, off the coast of Delaware, but with a distance of nearly 30 miles from the coast, and the United States national water starts within the 12 miles from the sea coast. Though the Russian spy vessel didn’t break any international laws, sailing and halting 19 to 30 miles away from American soil, doesn’t make them international criminals. This situation is a matter of concern for the American government, though the ship is still strolling on the international waters, it does arm with intelligence gathering equipment like arrays and interceptors with several communication devices, according to the government officials.
It is also speculated that the ship Victor Leonov is carrying anti-aircraft guns mounted on it along with few surface-to-air missiles systems, but is still not able to see by viewing it. As per Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesperson, the strategy the Russian ship is using, is similar to the United States while it does operations around the world.
The ship is from Vishnya-class of intelligence collection ship, which was commissioned from 1988 to the Russia’s Northern Fleet, and this visit is also its first since 2015 visit on the United States east coast.