The Russian Northern Fleet's anti-submarine forces have detected a foreign submarine in Russia's boundary waters and ousted it, a spokesman for the Russian Navy Main Staff told journalists on Saturday.
A foreign submarine, presumably a U.S. Navy Virginia-class one, was detected by Northern Fleet forces on duty in the Barents Sea on August 7, the spokesman said.
"An anti-submarine attack group and an Ilyushin Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft were sent to the said area to search and track the sub. The Northern Fleet anti-submarine forces' active maneuvers ousted the submarine from the Russian Federation's boundary waters. Contact with the submarine continued for about 27 minutes, after which the American submarine left the area," the Navy Main Staff spokesman said.
This incident has not been exceptional in the Barents Sea of late, he said.
The appearance of NATO submarines in the Barents Sea led to several dangerous navigational incidents in the past, the spokesman said. In particular, the USS Baton Rouge of the U.S. Navy collided with the Russian Northern Fleet's K-276 submarine while exiting the Kola Bay in 1992, and the HMS Splendid of the British Royal Navy collided with the Northern Fleet's Typhoon strategic submarine in 1986, he said.
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