The website U.S. Aircraft Spots reported a large number and variety of anti-submarine planes that all took part in something that happened off our coast. The patrol included, according to InfoWars, “a Navy EP-3E Aries II, which is used for electronic surveillance, a Navy P-3C Orion, which is used for submarine spotting, and a Boeing P-8 Poseidon used for anti-submarine warfare.” A Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft was reportedly sighted in the area as well.
The concentration of anti-submarine aircrafts could only mean a few things – either drills practicing tracking a foreign sub, or genuinely tracking a foreign sub. Both possibilities reveal an increased sense of alertness from our military.
The threat of North Korean submarines has drastically raised tensions in the waters off of South Korea and Japan, according to CNBC, but these reports were the first indication of a potential threat off of the West Coast of the United States.
Of course, this was happening while the United States Navy deployed an aircraft carrier group to the Korean Peninsula and tensions between Russia and the United States were mounting.
On Monday, North Korea’s Korean Central News agency quoted a government spokesman with a threat to the United States.
“We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions,” the spokesman said.
Russia, on the other hand, denounced the United States’ missile attack on a Syrian airbase, which was meant to be a response to the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own people.
“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well,” Russia declared in a joint statement with Iran.
The fact is that it could be either Russia or North Korea doing this. Or it could, again, be nothing at all and just a drill, but given the amount of activity and the number of aircrafts involved, it seems highly unlikely that it is the latter.