Is Russia ready for the “battle for the Atlantic”?

The US military praised the Russian Navy for its successes. A well-deserved compliment, but it leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.

James Foggo, commander of the Allied Forces, said:

Russia continued to invest in developing its capabilities in the underwater environment. This is an asymmetric way to challenge the West and NATO, and Russia is doing pretty well.

The US Navy admiral praised the capabilities of the Russian nuclear-powered submarines of project 885 of the Severodvinsk type and diesel-electric submarines of the Kilo class. Submarines can hit targets at long distances with Caliber cruise missiles. The US military stressed that these missiles are capable of reaching any European capital, but for some reason forgot to mention the strategic cruise missiles X-101 / X-102, which can also be on board an underwater cruiser.

James Foggo also paid attention to the diesel-electric submarines of projects 877 “Halibut” and 636.3 “Varshavyanka” for their low noise. Due to this valuable quality, a number of cases were noted when a potential adversary lost them “out of sight”, or rather, ceased to hear. Kilo-class submarines are armed with the same Caliber, in the future they will be equipped with Zircon hypersonic missiles.

Indeed, the Russian submarine fleet is expanding its capabilities and rapidly increasing activity, which NATO notes with concern. So, last October, submarines of the Northern Fleet carried out an operation to break into the Atlantic, about which we detail told earlier. The American admiral's comments seem to be pleasant, but his other statements make him wary.

James Foggo is convinced that the Fourth Battle for the Atlantic is currently underway, implying World War I, World War II and the Cold War. Their main goal was to isolate the Old World from the United States, not allowing convoys with weapons, ammunition and troops to move freely. So, during World War II, Nazi Germany tried to block Britain’s maritime communications with the Allies, gaining dominance in the Atlantic Ocean. German "wolf packs" drowned military and cargo ships with maximum efficiency.

During the Cold War, in the event of a conflict with NATO, the USSR had the goal of preventing the transfer of reinforcements from the United States to Europe. In the Atlantic, this task was to be addressed by our Northern Fleet. Not needed.

And now the Commander-in-Chief of the Joint Armed Forces of NATO is talking about the “fourth battle”. If we evaluate this statement in conjunction with the withdrawal from the INF Treaty, President Trump’s attempts to “stir up” the North Atlantic Alliance and constant “round dance” around the Kaliningrad region, then there is a strong impression about the US’s preparation for a war in Europe. Russia has been designated the main enemy, and, unfortunately, it will not be possible not to appear on it.
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 24 December 2019 14: 59
    I agree. "Something terrible is coming." But before a big war, there are always minor provocations. And the main thing here is not to stop, as with Georgia and Crimea, but to go to the end! Putin once said about Ukraine, when it might lose its sovereignty, but I am concerned that he never mentioned his words anywhere else. Although the reason was and a joke could get off. But NATO representatives constantly remind that Russia is an enemy and that it is necessary to talk from a position of strength! But don't they make such statements about China?
    1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 24 December 2019 17: 03
      What interesting things bother you? All this is sad. It seems that usually people are bothered by something more human, closer to real life, well, there is family, work, etc. And here you are ...
  2. Port Offline Port
    Port 24 December 2019 17: 53
    Quote: Arkharov
    people are concerned about something more human, closer to real life, well, there is family, work, etc.

    Work, for example, completion of SP2, is very worrying, but an external hostile factor interferes; it turns out that if you want work and peace, prepare for war.
  3. Valentine Offline Valentine
    Valentine (Valentin) 24 December 2019 18: 23
    Small, local wars in recent years have been, are and will always be, but to attack nuclear Russia - there is no such "suicide club" there, but to scare the so-called "world community" - yes, and even to dissolve the US Congress for denyuzhku - for this American uncles in uniform are big masters.
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 25 December 2019 08: 56
    Local warfare - since the time of the Pharaohs - is a good way to train troops.
    Therefore, Americans and climb everywhere away from their borders. In Mexico, in spite of the howl of our ura-media, they didn’t introduce anything.

    And about the "battle for the Atlantic" - even ashamed to ask. There is a lot of materials on VO that our new ships do not like even 3-point pitching ...
  5. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) 25 December 2019 09: 16
    Has Russia not already won the war for the Atlantic? Americans are in a panic. Russia with Zircons, Poseidons and other calibers, and the Americans have useless aircraft carrier troughs. Russia is building a submarine fleet! It is clear that it will provide an opportunity to ensure the safety of maritime routes, the movement of resources. Submarines do not at all to cut these arteries and stoke transports with resources ... Not for a global nuclear guaranteed strike ...
    1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 26 December 2019 09: 01
      AlexZN I was grateful to hear from you that the US Navy is a pitiful sight compared to the Russian one. And apparently, only Russia is building a submarine fleet, and the aircraft carriers will soon drown themselves (or will be burned down first) from decay. Only here on the Internet, some enemies post, of course, false information that:

      USA - 20 aircraft carriers, 85 destroyers, 71 submarines

      (besides all atomic).

      Russia - 1 aircraft carrier, 18 destroyers, 59 submarines

      (a significant part is diesel).
      They probably lie, as always, but of course we win.
      1. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
        Alexzn (Alexander) 26 December 2019 15: 46
        Gregory, actually, it was an irony ...
        1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
          Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 26 December 2019 17: 28
          I read it again, but yes. I'm sorry. It is just that the "urapatriotic" statements encountered here by some commentators are sometimes so meaningless and absurd that one can hardly distinguish them from irony and sarcasm. Once again, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.