The Russian spy ship seen off Connecticut's shoreline in February has reappeared 20 miles south of King’s Bay, Georgia
(VERO BEACH, FLA) On Wednesday the Russian spy ship seen off Connecticut's shoreline in February reappeared 20 miles south of King’s Bay, Georgia, home to a U.S. Navy submarine base.
The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 [VICK-TOR LE-ON-OFF], known as an AGI (Auxiliary, General Intelligence) trawler, spans 300 ft in length from stern to bow. The Meridian-class intelligence ship is equipped with sophisticated surveillance apparatus which can intercept radar, radio and other electronic signals.
Michael Petersen, director of the Russian Maritime Studies Institute, doubts the ship can pick up a lot of sensitive information.
“When we know that that vessel is in range, it’s highly unlikely that we are using radio or radar waves or any other kind of electronic emissions that this vessel is capable of picking up,” Peterson told CBS News this morning.
The Viktor Leonov has a scheduled port call in Jamaica for mid-April, and judging by its current Northern course, U.S. officials believe the spy ship will make one more run up and down the east coast before heading to the Caribbean.