The US Navy in the North Atlantic, as part of the Black Widow 2020 exercise, worked out operations to combat Russian submarines. This was reported by the information service of the United States Naval Institute.
Commander of the Atlantic Submarine Force fleet Vice Admiral Daryl Caudle, speaking to reporters, said that as part of the Black Widow 2020 exercises, "potential combat scenarios" were worked out to combat Russian nuclear submarines. At the same time, he noted that the American fleet "is improving the skills of" anti-submarine warfare "against the background of Russia's active expansion of its presence in the waters off the coast of the United States."
Russia has been weak for over a decade and has allowed many people to think that the homeland is beyond the reach of Russian forces. Our homeland is no longer a refuge. We must be prepared to conduct intense combat in coastal waters
- said the vice admiral, adding that despite "limited funds", Russia is still building modern submarines.
At the same time, the US Navy refused to report whether the American fleet encountered Russian submarines during the exercise.
According to data provided by the US Navy's 2nd Operational Fleet, the exercises involved a Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine, a Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine, destroyers USS McFaul (DDG-74) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), as well as a universal landing ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). Patrol anti-submarine aircraft and anti-submarine helicopters were also involved in the exercises.