Russia Increasing Submarine Capabilities In Mediterranean, Atlantic, U.S. Admiral Warns

Russia is augmenting its underwater battle capabilities in a direct challenge to U.S. and NATO forces in the Atlantic and Mediterranean arenas, a top U.S. admiral has warned.

Admiral James Foggo, who heads NATO's Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, told Pentagon reporters in Washington late on October 5 that Russia is investing heavily in its submarine fleet and wants to build an "asymmetric" threat to the United States and NATO.

While the Russian Navy knows it cannot compete with the number of U.S. and NATO aircraft carriers and other larger surface vessels, he said, "they have continued to do research and development and recapitalize the undersea domain."

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