“They are deploying more and they are deploying at a higher rate,” top military commander in Europe said of Russian subs
Russian submarine activity at post-Cold War high
By JOHN VANDIVER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 15, 2018
STUTTGART, Germany — Russia submarine activity is at its highest levels since the 1980s as Moscow continues to invest heavily in its maritime capabilities, the top military commander in Europe said Thursday.
"They are deploying more and they are deploying at a higher rate," said Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, adding that the Russian navy is regularly maneuvering from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. "The forces they are deploying are being modernized, particularly with their weapons systems."
While the U.S. remains dominant undersea, more investment will be needed to keep that edge, Scaparrotti told the House Armed Services Committee.
The Navy's fleet of fast-attack submarines is scheduled to dwindle from 52 to 42 by 2028, according to the Congressional Research Service, as Cold War-era boats reach their decommissioning dates.
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