[Ed. – Oooh… ahhh… The wording doesn’t sound like the Russians simulated an attack on USS Carl Vinson, Actual, which is working up in the Hawaiian opareas. The location of this Russian exercise is unprecedented, which is what’s of interest. The U.S. Navy is no doubt keeping the Russian task force under close surveillance. Wink-nudge on the array of our own assets presumably involved. Good training. Jarring note: Daily Mail says Russian strategic bombers cruising NORPAC weren’t intercepted by F-22s from Hawaii because they didn’t enter the ADIZ. I hope that’s not true. Bombers: hel-LO. Long-range cruse missiles. You intercept when they’re approaching missile range of U.S. territory, and you get eyeballs on and don’t let them go until they’ve turned around. If that’s changed, change it back. (There’s a chance Daily Mail is mistakenly referring to the Tu-142F ASW/recon planes as “bombers,” but in the context, it sounds like they do have that sorted out, and the Russian airframes were Tu-95M strategic-force bombers.)]
Russia’s defense ministry has announced it sunk an aircraft carrier just 35 miles off the coast of Hawaii in a huge war games exercise that has alarmed the US.
At least 20 Russian warships, submarines, and support vessels, flanked by 20 fighter jets, are taking part in the exercises – the biggest since the Cold War.
Russia says that they are 300 miles off the coast of Hawaii, yet unconfirmed satellite images from June 19 appear to show them much closer – within 35 miles of the U.S. state.
Twice this month – on June 14 and 18 – the U.S. scrambled F-22s from Hawaii in response to Russian bomber flights.
Neither time did the bombers enter the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) perimeter, and so they were not intercepted.
On June 17 the Navy admitted that the USS Carl Vinson and her strike group were operating near Hawaii …