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Admiral James Foggo, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, expressed concern about Russia’s more advanced submarine fleet, Ukrinform reports.
“Russia is not 10 feet tall but they do have assets that keep me vigilant, concerned. One of them is in the undersea domain,” Foggo said.
Foggo said that Russia has produced the new Dolgorukiy-class submarine, the Severodvinsk-class submarine, and the new Kilo-class hybrid submarines. According to Foggo, six Kilo-class submarines were operating either in the Black Sea or the eastern Medditaranean where they were firing the Kalibr cruise missile, capable of reaching any of the European capitals.
“That’s a concern to me, and it’s a concern to my NATO partners and friends. So we should know where they are at all times,” he said.
Foggo noticed that Russian surface fleet, including its outmoded aircraft carrier, does not pose a major threat. However, he expressed concerns about Russia’s development of submarines and cruise missiles.
“We’ve seen creation of new classes of all sorts of submarines and ships. I’m more concerned with submarine warfare,” Foggo said earlier to Atlantic Council in Washington.