Russians are saying:
"We’re still a power"
Russian Attack-Subs Stalked U.S. Coasts Last Year
"U.S. intelligence agencies detected what some officials are calling an ‘unprecedented’ deployment of two Russian submarines off U.S. coasts last year," said Bill Gertz in the Feb. 4, Washington Times.
There were two reported incidents.
First, a Russian Oscar II-class submarine sailed from northern Russia last summer to the Mediterranean, then on to areas off the eastern United States.
"We played with it," said one military officer, referring to the silent underwater tracking efforts of U.S. hunter-submarines.
A second Oscar II submarine sailed from the Russian Far East and lingered around Hawaii, home port of the U.S. 7th Fleet, in time for a U.S. missile test over the Pacific. Then, the Russian submarine sailed to waters off San Diego where, in October 1999, it spent a week following U.S. warships based there.
It is reported that the Russian subs were monitoring closely the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and the amphibious landing ship Essex. "It was watching the Stennis and the Essex," one official told Gertz.
"The submarine was engaged in intelligence collection operations as well as ship-targeting," the Washington Times reported.
After the Southern California deployment, the Oscar II went north to waters near Washington’s Puget Sound, home port for U.S. ballistic missile submarines.
U.S. intelligence analysts viewed the unusual submarine deployments as Russia’s negative reaction to NATO. "The Russians were saying ‘We’re still a power,’" the official said.
"The boats are among Russia’s most modern and lethal attack submarines. They are equipped with 24 SSN-19 Shipwreck cruise missiles and high-explosive or nuclear warheads that travel up to 345 miles at nearly twice the speed of sound," said the Times.
The submarine also is capable of firing long-range torpedoes that can home in on the wake of a ship and can travel at speeds up to 30 knots.
The last time a similar deployment was reported was July 1997 when the Oscar II submarine Pekov shadowed several U.S. aircraft carriers off Washington state.
Bill Gertz is the defense and national security reporter for the Washington Times, and author of the best-selling 1999 book Betrayed: How the Clinton Administration Undermined American Security. He chronicles in his writings the ongoing military threat from both Communist China and Russia.
This "ongoing military threat" testifies to the fact that Russia is not converted.
Sister Lucy of Fatima speaking in 1957 to Father Fuentes said "Many times, the Blessed Virgin Mary told me and my cousins, Jacinta and Francisco, that Russia is the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the whole world (for its sins) if we do not beforehand obtain the conversion of that poor nation."
Father Nicholas Gruner, the International Director of the International Fatima Rosary Crusade, explains that the only way we can obtain the conversion of Russia and the "period of peace" promised to mankind is through the collegial Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope in union with the bishops of the world, in the manner that Our Lady has requested, a consecration that has yet to be accomplished.