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What Attacked a Russian Submarine on a Retrieval Mission in the Arctic?

Submitted by Dave Hodges on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:24.

One of my military sources once told me that Putin intends to occupy the North Pole and is willing to fight for the right to do so. With Goldman Sachs and their interlocking interests at the Federal Reserve buying up a substantial portion of the world's gold, they need to have hedge against the dropping price of gold and the resource-rich North Pole provides that insurance. However, if one were to just read the headlines of the MSM, one would think that nothing, but the wrapping of Christmas presents by Santa Claus is the only activity going on at the North Pole. Yet, both American interests and the Russian military are vying for control of the region and have been for the past 12 years.

We are clearly living in end times prophecy and as proof of that statement, we are seeing wars and rumors of wars appearing almost daily. In the latest example of this prophecy, we witnessed catastrophic damage to a Russian submarine resulting in the deaths of 14 sailors from a crew of 25. Additionally, there is an isolated and very unconfirmed report that an American submarine was torpedoed and sunk near Alaska in the vicinity of the Arctic. I want to stress that this report, at this time, should be viewed with suspicion. Then why report it? Wars and rumors and wars. However, when it comes to the Arctic. I have previously identified this region as the future site of WW III and I did so over 5 years ago.

Before an analysis of the damage done to a Russian submarine on July 1st and the questionable report of the sinking of an American submarine by the Russians, it is important to consider the recent history of this subject in order to establish a contextual background before a a critical analysis can be offered.  

International Law and the Arctic:

Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which was finalized in 1982, countries can lay claim to the ocean floor well beyond their borders so long as they can provide convincing scientific evidence to prove that a particular seabed is an extension of their continental shelf. Already, countries have sovereign rights to resources within 200 nautical miles of their territorial waterways. For a country to determine whether they have economic sovereignty beyond that distance, the UN agreement requires comprehensive mapping that establishes some sort of geologic justification for the claim. And where the Arctic is concerned, Canada, the US, Norway, Russia, and Denmark have been amassing scientific evidence for more than a decade in an effort to increase their piece of this resource-rich pie.  

Important Interview with Sweden’s Agneta Nordberg:

Agneta Nordberg the former Vice Chair of the Swedish Peace Council,  a member of the Steering Committee in The International Peace Bureau (IPB) and five years ago she was highly concerned that Sweden was being used by the United States and its NATO allies to conduct their war games on Swedish soil. Sweden is a supposed neutral country and has signed agreements in opposition to exactly what is going on which are secret war games on its soil. And if it were not for a Norwegian military plane crash into Mount Kebnekaise, the world would never have discovered these secret war games taking place in northern Sweden and Norway. Nordberg stated that the reason for the war games is because of the melting ice which has exposed the vast amounts of mineral resources, the largest in the world. It is not an overstatement to proclaim that whoever controls the Arctic, will someday control the world’s economy. The rumors of Canada's involvement as an American proxy force can be substantiated. It is now verifiable that the Canadians are working on a new navy base. China is in the process of interjecting themselves into the conflict as well.  

Ten Years of Secret Arctic U.S. War Games:

Since 2007, there have  been massive NATO Arctic war maneuvers in both Sweden and Norway with all of NATO, and specifically, the United States. One of the war games was dubbed the Nordic Air Meet, in 2007, where most of NATO took part in massive war games designed to protect interests in the Arctic from Russian incursion. Again, in 2009, operation  Loyal Arrow, was held which was the largest air war game in history involving the northern part of Sweden, Norway, and also in Finland. These Arctic war games have continued with the Cold Response №1, a winter maneuver in the northern part of Sweden and northern Norway.   And another war game took place in March of 2012, known as the Cold Response №2. In a very provocative move, both NATO and the U.S. have installed an advanced radar system only a few kilometers from the Russian border known as the Vardo radar system. Vardo  is  dangerous because it is embedded within a missile defense system. This system is a checkmate against Russian offensive missile weapons systems located near the Arctic. The installation of Vardo is an act of aggression and, in some circles, is considered an act of war, and that is where this is likely heading.  

 Russian Military Actions and Intentions:

Now compare the Russian Arctic mineral retrieval activities and the military significance should jump off the page at the reader. There are additional Russian Arctic territorial claims which conflict with US territorial claims. Russia is making several territorial claims in relation to several Arctic shelf areas and is planning to defend their claims to the United Nations. After reading the final section of this article, I believe the Russian intention of obtaining UN approval is merely window dressing. They are preparing to take what they want by whatever means necessary. The Russian economic interest in the North Pole is clear and is illustrated by the map. This is Russia's insurance policy to following oil and gold prices which is cutting into the heart of the Russian economic empire.  

Russia Has Been in War Mode for a Decade:

The Russians are in war mode, Arctic war mode. I do not see how any reasonable person could read the following accounts of Russian military buildup in the Arctic and not conclude that the spark for WW III will not begin here. In 2014, Russia tested the world's most powerful vacuum bomb, which unleashes a destructive shockwave with the power of a nuclear blast, the military said on Tuesday, dubbing it the "father of all bombs".  This is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb on the world. In fact, many experts believe that this bomb does pack a nuclear punch.  This would be the weapon of choice in the coming Arctic conflict because it would kill soldiers, dismantle military equipment without destroying the surrounding mineral resources, which is the point of the coming conflict.  And to add insult to injury, we know now that the Russians have developed a supersonic torpedo and this could figure in prominently to the developing story involving the Russian submarine.  

Russian Spy Submarine Attacked:

The apparent attack upon a Russian spy submarine engaged in a retrieval mission is beginning to draw attention. 

From the Independent:

The Kremlin has said it is not planning to identify the submarine involved in Monday's fire that cost the lives of at least 14 servicemen – or release any details about its mission...

However, there are some details that are emerging from quiet voices from the intelligence community who are not going to tolerate disinformation being spread about this situation. 

I received a call from my most trusted insider-source, a former high ranking ARSOF member. The source informed me of the following:

The Russian submarine accident occurred on board the Losharik, one of the Russian Navy's secretive spy subs. the "accident" also involved a submersible craft that the Losharik had launched, or its larger Delfin-class mothership submarine, the BS-64 Podmoskovye.

My ARSOF source directed me to the following site. According to The Drive, "the submarine in question was actually BS-64, which reportedly serves as the mothership for Losharik. The small nuclear-powered submarine is supposed to ride closer to the mission area underneath the larger BS-64." This is where this gets really interesting. The Drive went on to say the following:

...the Russians also describe their special mission submarines, ranging from the deep-diving, nuclear-powered, yet relatively small submarine Losharik to the new Belgorod, presently the world's longest submarine, as "research" boats. That a mothership submarine carries Losharik ventrally during extended-range missions may be part of the confusion, as well. There is limited information about any of these submarines.

Losharik can reportedly dive to depths as deep as 3,300 feet and its primary mission is to investigate and manipulate objects of interest on the seabed. This could include recovery of sensitive objects for intelligence analysis or to prevent other countries from doing the same, the deployment of sensors or other equipment, or the tapping or cutting of seabed cables supporting military and civilian communications and other networks.

In short, this submarine is about retrieving objects from the bottom of the ocean floor. What object(s)? My ARSOF source said there are a few possibilities:

  1. Great mineral deposits (most likely given recent political and military events)
  2. Retrieving a reportedly lost supersonic torpedo
  3. A crashed UFO (farfetched in my opinion)

How was the Russian submarine damaged? Again, deferring to my source, he said the following:

  1. A firefight of some sort against an American sub attempting to retrieve the same object(s)
  2. Whatever was being "retrieved" fought back. 

The possibility of this just being a tragic accident is highly unlikely given the reaction of both the US and Russia.  

This Is Not Just an Accident:

There are emergency meetings going on all over the world. Air Force 2 was recalled with Vice President Pence on it and he promptly cancelled all engagements and returned to the White House. Emergency meetings have been taking place at the White House this afternoon, with Vice President Pence being called back to the White House and having to cancel his scheduled trip to New Hampshire.

As Pence was being called back, word broke in Russian media that Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled a public event he had long scheduled, and diverted immediately for a meeting with his Defense Minister. Allegedly at the meeting Putin summoned the General Secretary of the Russian Armed Forces to the meeting.

There are emergency meetings going on all over the world. Air Force 2 was recalled with Vice President Pence on it and he promptly cancelled all engagements and returned to the White House. Emergency meetings have been taking place at the White House this afternoon, with Vice President Pence being called back to the White House and having to cancel his scheduled trip to New Hampshire.

As Pence was being called back to Washington DC, a simultaneous event was reported in the Russian media that Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled a long-standing public event as he was diverted immediately for a meeting with his Defense Minister. Allegedly at the meeting Putin summoned the General Secretary of the Russian Armed Forces to the meeting. Additionally, NATO held a high level meeting in the immediate aftermath and the UK also held high level emergency military meetings. Paul Martin even received a report that the First Lady had been recalled to the White House and was placed in protective custody. 

Conclusion:

This was certainly no accident. For these many meetings to be cancelled and emergency meetings to be held, there is certainly a crisis and the odds favor that the fallout from this event is still in play. My ARSOF source was not sure the exact nature and cause of the damage to the Russian submarine. However, he said it was clear enough that it was serious enough, to consider the possibility of going to war. Could the alleged sinking of American submarine off the coast of Alaska be related is unclear. The simplest and most likely answer is that there was a "difference of opinion" on a mineral deposit in the Arctic. What is clear is that more details will be forthcoming in the upcoming days. 

W. O. Belfield, Jr.

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What Was That Secret Russian Sub Doing Before It Caught Fire?

By David Axe Anna Nemtsova
The Daily BeastJuly 4, 2019
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A fire broke out on a secretive Russian research submarine on Monday, killing 14 people and potentially slowing Russia’s efforts to develop new undersea weaponry.

Flames roared through the nuclear-powered Project 1083 Losharik submarine apparently while the vessel was near its home port of Severomorsk on Russia’s Arctic coast. 

Among the crew who died in the accident are at least seven senior officers, two of whom had received the Hero of Russia award, the equivalent of the United States’ Medal of Honor.  

Russian President Vladimir Putin described Losharik’s burning as a “big loss.” “This is not a regular vessel, you and I know this,” Putin told reporters. 

Fishermen told SeverPost, a Murmansk news agency, they observed Losharik surfacing near Kildin Island in the Barents Sea around 9:30 p.m. local time on Monday. “It came out of the water, all of it,” one fisherman said. 

“I’d never seen anything like that before,” the fisherman added. “There were people running, rushing on the deck.” 

“Fire is the biggest nightmare for sailors serving on submarines,” Alexander Golts, an independent military analyst, told The Daily Beast. “Anything could cause a fire. A short circuit, somebody’s negligence—anything.”

The Losharik fire is Russia’s worst submarine disaster since 2008, when a fire-suppression system malfunctioned on the Russian navy attack submarine Nerpa, asphyxiating 20 people as the vessel underwent trials in the Sea of Japan. 

Eight years earlier in 2000, the missile submarine Kursk suffered an explosion and sank in the Barents Sea, killing 118 people. The Kursk’s sinking and Putin’s slowness to respond were major scandals in Russia.

Nerpa and Kursk were fleet submarines with front-line military missions. Losharik by contrast is a deep-diving research vessel that belongs to the Kremlin’s Directorate of Deepwater Research. 

Losharik’s roughly 200-foot-long hull consists of seven titanium compartments that protect the vessel from the high pressure of extreme depths. Norman Polmar, a submarine expert and naval adviser to top U.S. government officials, estimated Losharik can dive as deep as 20,000 feet. Fleet submarines, including the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class vessels, typically dive no deeper than 600 or 700 feet.

Since launching in 2003, Losharik has undertaken some dangerous missions of national importance. In 2012 the submarine and an accompanying vessel drilled to a depth of almost two miles on the Arctic seabed in order to retrieve soil samples and identify the outer limits of Russia’s continental shelf.

Many of the vessel’s other duties are shrouded in mystery, but could involve trials of new sensors and weaponry. “It’s a very useful submarine,” Polmar said. 

Research submarines such as Losharik arguably are more important than ever for Russia’s strategic plans. The Russian navy for years clung to its position as one of the world’s most powerful fleets largely by refurbishing Cold War-vintage surface warships. 

But those ships and their support infrastructure are becoming harder to maintain. In October 2018 a fire broke out aboard PD-50, a 38-year-old floating drydock that at the time was cradling Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s sole aircraft carrier. PD-50 sank, damaging the carrier and killing two workers.

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With no cheap or easy way to replace PD-50, the Kremlin is considering decommissioning the aging, unreliable Admiral Kuznetsov as part of a wider cull of Cold War-vintage vessels. To replace the old surface ships, Moscow has leaned on its historical strength as a builder of submarines. 

Putin’s government in recent years has accelerated production of new subs while also developing high-tech new weapons to arm the vessels. Russia plans to maintain a fleet of around 50 modern submarines, roughly matching the U.S. Navy’s own undersea strength. 

Russia’s submarine build-up includes the 574-foot-long Moscow, which is part-science vessel, part-spy ship, part-commando transport, and part-“mothership” for mini-subs and drones. Russia also is developing “Status-6,” an undersea drone that packs a radiological warhead that could contaminate vast stretches of enemy coast.

It’s unclear what Losharik was doing when the fire broke out. The Russian Defense Ministry did not respond to questions The Daily Beast sent via email. Michael Kofman, a Russia expert with the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., said the fire was probably the result of “a demonstration gone awry, perhaps of some new technology.”

 

“You will note the casualty list includes seven captains first rank, on a submarine that would at most have one such officer serving,” Kofman noted. 

“This was an extraordinary crew of top elite captains,” Golts told The Daily Beast. “Whoever put them together on that vessel gave these captains a complicated task, which required their expertise and experience in oceanographic research.”

Submariners are folk heroes in Russia. It’s not for nothing that the Russian public “is locked on the accident,” according to Pavel Podvig, an independent expert on the Russian military. Orthodox churches in the Russian port cities of Murmansk and Severomorsk on Wednesday held memorial services for the victims of the fire.

Perhaps fearing another scandal like the Kursk sinking, Putin swiftly responded to the Losharik incident. On Tuesday he canceled a planned event and summoned Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to discuss the fire.

The damage and loss of life could have been much worse, Shoigu claimed. The defense minister told reporters the crew heroically saved the life of a civilian aboard Losharik and closed hatches to prevent the flames from spreading. 

It’s unclear how much damage Losharik sustained and whether, or how quickly, the Kremlin could restore the vessel. 

The fire at least has stymied Russia’s undersea ambitions, according to Pavel Luzin, a professor of political science at Perm University in Russia. “Definitely, Russia temporarily lost one of its most advanced naval capabilities that is aimed at maintaining Russia’s strategic operations.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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