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US Deploys Sub Hunter P-8 Poseidon Off Florida Coast To 'Shadow' Russian Flotilla

•, by Tyler Durden

According to Newsweek, multiple open-source intelligence analysts have said the US has deployed air and naval assets off Florida's eastern coast to 'shadow' Russian warships. This comes as Russian warships are expected to arrive in Cuba this week ahead of military drills in the Caribbean.

Open source intelligence (OSINT) analysts on Tuesday posted updates showing the CG Stone coastguard vessel, the USS Truxtun and USS Donald Cook destroyers, and the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec travelling southwards down the Florida coast, purportedly following the Russian ships headed to Cuba. Above them, at least one US Navy P-8A Poseidon appeared to be conducting surveillance. -Newsweek

OSINT analysts on X weren't clear which of Russia's four-ship grouping, made up of the Gorshkov frigate, the nuclear-powered submarine Kazan, the fleet oil tanker Pashin, and the rescue tug Nikolai Chiker, were transiting in international waters off the coast of Florida. Still, they posted flight tracking data that showed at least one Boeing P-8 Poseidon circling above. 

The Russian warships are expected to arrive in Havana in the coming days and stay through early next week, according to Cuba's Foreign Ministry. This deployment signals Russia's capacity to operate globally while still fully engaged in its third year of war in Ukraine. 

"This is about Russia showing they are still capable of some level of naval power projection," a US senior official told McClatchy and the Miami Herald, adding, "We should expect more of this activity going forward." 

Meanwhile, Jake Broe, a former US Air Force nuclear and missile operations officer, stated on X on Sunday, "Russians on Kremlin State TV yesterday declared that Mexico was their military ally and they are wanting to place their missiles on Mexican territory so Mexico can attack the United States."