Russia’s naval presence is spreading, and the U.S. needs more submarines to stop it, U.S. admiral says

NEWSWEEK

David Brennan

Russia is beefing up its submarine force around Europe to challenge American naval dominance more aggressively than at any time since the Cold War, the commander of the U.S. Navy in Europe and Africa has warned.

In an interview with Stars and Stripes,Admiral James Foggo said the U.S. must expand its submarine fleet and be more assertive in meeting Russian aggression.

Tensions between Russia and NATOhave been heightened since the Kremlin annexed Crimea and supported a pro-Moscow uprising in the east of Ukraine in 2014. These events marked the start of a new power struggle between the Cold War rivals. Russia has strengthened its military presence along its western border and begun to deploy more submarines to the Mediterranean, Black Sea and North Atlantic, Foggo explained.

The Russian nuclear submarine Dmitry Donskoy sails under the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark, on July 21, 2017. U.S. Admiral James Foggo said Russian submarines are more active in Europe than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Scanpix Denmark/Sarah Christine Noergaard via Reuters

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