Russian news agencies reported on Saturday, citing an unnamed spokesman for the Russian Navy Main Staff:

  • The Russian Northern Fleet’s anti-submarine force has detected a foreign submarine in the country’s boundary waters and “expelled” it
  • The foreign submarine, presumed to be a U.S. Navy Virginia-class vessel, was detected by Northern Fleet forces on duty in the Barents Sea on Aug. 7, the spokesman said.

If you are one of those that likes a full inquiry, all I’s dotted and t’s crossed, and the final Perry Mason moment … you won’t like this report at all. Shrouded in mystery it is.

  • A U.S. defense official told Reuters on condition of anonymity he could not confirm the incident and would not comment about the Russian claim.

More detail speculation here and here.