A Russian spy ship was spotted unnervingly close to the coast of North Carolina Monday. The Russian ship was around 100 miles from the east coast but it did not enter U.S. waters.
The high-tech Russians spy ship is called the Victor Leonov and defense officials at the U.S. government say they are aware of the ship's movement and that it is on a routine mission.
Officials confirmed the ship was is in international waters. The spy ship is designed for intelligence-gathering and intended to intercept communication signals. The ship was dispatched to the Caribbean Sea last week, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The ship was also seen leaving the Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago on January 15 after a five-day stay on the island. The destination of the Russian ship is unknown but it has shown up most recently near North Carolina.
It is being closely monitored by officials at the Pentagon and has traveled up the eastern seaboard near U.S. naval installations in the past during its routine four-to-six month deployments.
The ship was also detected along the East Coast of the United States in February and March 2017 on a similar route.
The ship's presence is almost intended as a reminder, "we are here and ready to act at the first sign of trouble" as NATO forces continue to encroach on Russian borders
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