Monday, April 10, 2017

Russian Navy Activity in Europe Now at Cold-War Levels: Admiral

The American warships that launched cruise missiles at Syria last week were sailing in waters experiencing levels of Russian naval activity not seen since the Cold War, a top U.S. military official said.

The USS Ross and the USS Porter fired 59 Tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean Sea, which separates Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Navy Admiral Michelle Howard said those waters, as well as other seas around Europe, have experienced a worrying spike in Russian naval activity in recent years.

"We're seeing activity that we didn't even see when it was the Soviet Union," Howard told Reuters in an interview late Saturday.

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