U.S. Navy Tracks Russian Fleet off Florida Coast

June 12, 2024

In accordance with standard procedures, we’ve been actively monitoring the Russian ships as they transit the Atlantic Ocean within international waters.

U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) official on Tuesday regarding the U.S. Navy’s decision to deploy ships tracking the Russian naval flotilla located less than 30 miles off the coast of South Florida but in international waters. The Russian warships arrived in Cuban waters on Wednesday.

Why It Matters: While the U.S. Navy deployed warships and an aircraft to track the Russian fleet of ships, the NORTHCOM official explained, “Russia’s deployments are part of routine naval activity which pose no direct threat or concern to the United States.” Russia recently deployed a nuclear-powered submarine and three ships to the Caribbean for military naval and air exercises, marking the first military exercises of the kind in at least five years. The U.S. will continue to monitor the situation, with one official noting the Russian fleet does not have nuclear weapons. Whether they have hypersonic missiles remain to be determined.

Read More: US Navy deploys ships to track Russian naval flotilla off the coast of South Florida (CBS Miami)

Photo Credit: U.S. Navy picture of the USS Truxton, one of the vessels monitoring Russia off the coast of Florida.

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas