Picture credit- ABC.com Submarine - Kings Bay Naval Base

A Russian spy ship was spotted conducting surveillance operations off Kings Bay Submarine Naval Base (SUBASE) near Camden County, according to  Navy Officials.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, these types of ships are known for conducting annual missions near sensitive U.S. military facilities of the eastern seaboard. The SUBASE is home to U.S. nuclear missile submarines.

We are tracking the Viktor Leonov’s presence off the East Coast, much like we are aware of all vessels approaching the United States,” said Navy Cmdr. Bill Speaks, a Navy spokesman.

For the past several days the ship has been located 20 nautical miles offshore shadowing U.S. military ships and P-8 surveillance aircraft.

Such operations from the Russians come days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the development of a new “invincible” nuclear weapon. The Russian president showed a video presentation simulation showing multiple warheads striking Florida.

Kings Bay is the location of Submarine Group 10 that includes six nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines and two guided missile submarines. It is also the location of Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic, that is in charge of maintaining nuclear warheads for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

The Leonov has been tracked since January when it left Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.

The last time a Russian spy ship was reported to be off the coast of Georgia was in 2015.


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Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 17 years, and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family live in St. Marys, GA and attend the Harbor Worship Center in Kingsland.


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