Russia Carries Out Bold Maneuvers with 11 Nuclear Submarines in the Atlantic

Russia is expanding its presence in the Atlantic Ocean by deploying an increasing number of its nuclear submarines. This move is being seen as a warning to NATO to remain vigilant. It is estimated that up to eleven Russian nuclear submarines could be assigned to the Atlantic region. However, some experts believe that this increase in activity is closely linked to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and how it factors into Moscow’s global strategy.

This approach is supported by statements from senior NATO and United States officials, such as General Chris Cavoli, who is responsible for operations in Europe, highlighting the significant increase in Russian submarine activity.

General Cavoli has recently stated that there has been an unusual increase in Russian military activities in recent years. According to him, the conflicts in Eastern Europe have caused Vladimir Putin’s administration to intensify its maritime tactics. General Cavoli added that this series of maneuvers is unprecedented since the beginning of hostilities with Ukraine, and all of it has been triggered by Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

Russian escalation in the Atlantic: An alarm for the West

Russia Carries Out Bold Maneuvers with 11 Nuclear Submarines in the Atlantic
Russian Lada diesel-electric submarine

General Cavoli’s assessment serves as a warning to the United States and its Western allies, particularly those who support Ukraine, regarding the increasing threat posed by Russia. Several months ago, Western nations became concerned when Vladimir Putin deployed warships in the Atlantic, many of which were equipped with hypersonic cruise missiles that could evade American air defense systems.

Previous reports from US media disclosed the concerns of senior US Navy officials about the growing presence of Russian nuclear submarines near their coasts, a trend that has been escalating in recent times.

Russia in the Atlantic surpasses the Soviet presence.

There are growing concerns about the Russian nuclear submarine arsenal in the Atlantic, which is speculated to have surpassed the numbers seen during the Soviet Union’s most heavily armed days. The exact count of these submarines is unknown, but their significant presence has raised security alarms in the United States. The director of the Russian Maritime Research Institute [RMSI], Michael Peterson, shares this concern. Additionally, General Cavoli has urged NATO to increase surveillance due to the escalating threats from Russia against Ukraine.

The situation is further complicated by the support of Iran and North Korea for Russia in its campaign against Ukraine. Defense reports have highlighted Iran’s contribution with its advanced Shahed-136 UAV, and North Korea’s contribution with its powerful Hwasong-18 missile, which has amplified military support in the Eastern European conflict.

Expanded military influence: Russia, Iran and North Korea in synergy

Russia Carries Out Bold Maneuvers with 11 Nuclear Submarines in the Atlantic
The nuclear ballistic missile submarine Dmitriy Donskoy (TK-208) arrives in St. Petersburg to participate in a ship parade on the occasion of the Day of the Russian Navy in Russia on July 26, 2017. (Photo by Sergey Mihailicenko/Anadolu Agency/ Getty Images)

Michael Peterson, an expert from the Russian Maritime Research Institute (RMSI), has highlighted several indicators that suggest Russia’s increasing desire to position its nuclear submarines near the coasts of the United States. This presence of these vessels, which can be found in both the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean and the frigid shores of Europe, poses a clear threat, similar to the Soviet-era tactics employed during the Cold War.

In recent years, Moscow has shown a clear intention to expand its submarine fleet, with a concentrated effort to develop and deploy nuclear submarines that can operate covertly in strategic areas of the United States and Europe. With a fleet of 58 nuclear submarines of various classes, Russia demonstrates that no region of the world, including the maritime neighborhood of the United States, is beyond the reach of its naval influence.