Russian medium reconnaissance ship SSV-535 “Karelia” was engaged in espionage in the Hawaiian Islands.
The US publication explains the presence of the ship by the presence of the Pacific Missile Range at Barking Sands, which is used by the US Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to test weapons.
According to 19FortyFive, the island of Kauai is “the only range in the world where submarines, surface ships, aircraft and spacecraft can operate and track simultaneously.
The publication reminds that SSV-535 Karelia of Project 864 commissioned in July 1986 was “designed to collect reconnaissance information and is equipped with an extensive set of sensors,” the data from which is transmitted using satellite communications.
In May, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain John Gay said a Russian Navy reconnaissance ship had approached Hawaii.
In the same month, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency reported about unsuccessful tests of American Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) anti-missiles.