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‘High-tech’ Russian spy ship detected 100 miles off the coast of Wilmington

A “high-tech” ship called the Victor Leonov, shown in Cuba in 2015, was detected about 100 miles southeast of Wilmington, U.S. military officials told CNN Monday.
A “high-tech” ship called the Victor Leonov, shown in Cuba in 2015, was detected about 100 miles southeast of Wilmington, U.S. military officials told CNN Monday. AP

A Russian spy ship has been spotted about 100 miles from North Carolina’s coast.

A “high-tech” ship called the Victor Leonov was detected about 100 miles southeast of Wilmington, U.S. military officials told CNN Monday.

The ship is in international waters. It’s a routine mission for the ship, defense officials told CNN.

The intelligence-gathering ship intended to intercept communication signals was dispatched to the Caribbean Sea last week, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

The ship was seen leaving the Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 15 after spending five days on the island. Its destination was unknown, but now it has shown up near North Carolina.

The ship is being closely monitored by the Pentagon, defense officials said, and has traveled up the eastern seaboard near U.S. naval installations in the past on routine four-to-six month deployments. The ship had been detected along the East Coast of the United States in February and March 2017 making a similar trip.

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