reporter writes "According to a report published by the "Wall Street Journal", two Russian submarines probed the East Coast of the United States. "Although Pentagon officials monitoring the subs' movements didn't consider them threatening, one senior military official said the patrols were unusual, given the weakened state of the Russian navy and the failure of Moscow to conduct such missions in years.
[...] The senior military official said the two Russian vessels were nuclear-powered Akula class submarines, which were used during the Cold War to track North Atlantic Treaty Organization vessels and, in the event of war, attack enemy subs and ships with torpedoes and missiles. Only larger ballistic-missile subs are used for nuclear-weapons launched."
Additional information is available in a report by the "Times Online" and a report by the "New York Times"."
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