The U.S. warns of the strange military exercise by Russia in the Pacific near Hawaii.
The Russian Navy mobilized ships, submarines, and aircraft to carry out mock attacks against enemy aircraft carriers.
Recent military exercises conducted by Russia in the Central Pacific Ocean have raised alarms in the United States. Naval and air operations near the U.S. island of Hawaii included mock attacks on enemy aircraft carriers.
According to The Drive portal, the strong presence of the Russian Fleet led the U.S. authorities to send aircraft carriers and F-22A Raptor stealth fighters from the Air Force to the area.
Even though the Russian Defense Ministry published a report on these maneuvers in recent hours, the details and objectives behind the extensive deployment of the Russian fleet are unknown.
The simulated cruise missile attack was carried out by the Varyag guided-missile cruiser, the Marshal Shaposhnikov and Admiral Panteleyev frigates, and the Steregushchy Sovershenny, Gromkiy, and Aldar Tsydenzhapov- class frigates.
According to what is detailed by various specialized media on the subject, "the spearhead" of the presence of the Russian task force is Marshal Krylov. This unarmed missile range instrumentation ship is designed to be located at a distance from a long-range missile test and observe with your Ship Globe missile tracking radar. It also has balloon and surface/air search radars, a Tayfun-2 satellite communications system, and a Shtorm communications suite.
An unnamed Russian naval submarine and a pair of Tu-142MZ Beer-F mod. 4 fighters operated from Yelizovo Air Base on the Kamchatka peninsula participated in the maneuvers and were escorted by MiG interceptors. -31BM Foxhound.
Russian defense. The two detachments of ships, which operated at a distance of almost 300 miles from each other, "carried out the tasks of detecting, countering and launching missile attacks against an aircraft carrier strike group of a simulated enemy," the Ministry of Defense announced. In addition, the task force also tested its readiness for antiaircraft and antisubmarine missions.
The Russian Defense Ministry indicated that the exercises took place some four thousand kilometers southeast of the Kuril Islands. U.S. media reported that Russian warships carried out their maneuvers between 500 and 800 kilometers west of the main Hawaiian islands.
An American official told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser portal, under anonymity, that the Russian naval exercise took place "several hundred miles west of the State of Aloha."
Satellite images released on social media on June 19 show a Russian navy ship just 35 nautical miles (64 kilometers) south of Honolulu, Hawaii. The vessel would have been escorted by three U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and a U.S. Coast Guard Sentinel-class cutter. Those images, however, are not conclusive.
The statement from the Russian Defense Ministry also details that the mock missile attack was carried out both from surface warships and the air. However, it does not specify which aircraft participated in this part of the exercises. In addition to the Tu-142MZ and MiG-31BM, the Russian ministry also mentioned the Il-38 May antisubmarine plane and the Ka-27 Helix anti-submarine and search and rescue helicopters the ships.
According to the Russian authorities, the recent maneuvers were the first of their kind carried out by the Pacific Fleet in recent years.
Last week, Russia's state-run news agency TASS reported that a Pacific Flat Flotilla was exercising command and control of the Joint Weapons Task Force in a long-distance operation.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said the pair of F-22s was launched on June 18 to investigate Russian beer bombers heading to Hawaii.
Last week, The War Zone reported that three U.S. Air Force F-22s had left their base at Joint Base Pearl Harbor on June 14. Chain CBS News reported that U.S. defense officials say unidentified, the F-22 were mobilized in response to aircraft related to the Russian naval exercise.
Despite the alarms they set off on American soil, the Russian planes did not enter the Hawaii Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), nor were they intercepted.
In recent days, information has also circulated about the alleged deployment of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group - based on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) - apparently in response to Russian movements. This move was not officially confirmed at first. Still, on June 17, the Navy admitted that the Carl Vinson and his strike group were operating near Hawaii, without revealing when or why they had arrived.
"Russian ships are transiting west. As part of our normal day-to-day operations, we continue to track all vessels in the Indo-Pacific area of operations through maritime patrol aircraft, surface vessels, and joint capabilities," said the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command spokesman, Captain Mike Kafka.
He also said that Russian ships operated in international waters throughout the exercise: at the nearest location, some ships sailed about 20 to 30 nautical miles off the coast of Hawaii. We follow almost all the ships.
Last April, Lieutenant General David Krumm, head of the Alaska branch of the United States Northern Command, told the Air Force Times portal that there was "an increase in Russian activity": "We intercepted more than 60 planes last year".
The surge in Russian naval activity off the island of Hawaii came amid a meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin last week in Switzerland. That summit came after growing tensions between Washington and Moscow.