A Russian spy ship 30 miles from US Navy sub base is not in US territorial waters, which extends 12 miles from shore.
The SSV-175 Viktor Leonov caught sailing and loitering in international waters is outfitted with a variety of high-tech spying equipment and loaded with antennas designed to intercept intelligence communications signals. The SSV-175 is categorized as a Vishnya-class intelligence ship.
This is not the first time the ship has been deployed off the coast of the U.S. The Leonov patrolled Florida’s east coast in 2014 and 2015.
Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., a member of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, said the ship was spotted about 30 miles from the Naval Submarine Base New London, located in Groton, Conn. It is the Navy’s primary East Coast submarine base.
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