Russian spy ship was dispatched off the coast of Hawaii to monitor the Rim of the Pacific
The Balzam-class auxiliary general intelligence ship has arrived in international waters off Hawaii, U.S. Pacific Fleet reported today.
USA confirmed that they are aware about that spy ship and they have taken all precautions necessary to protect critical information. Its presence has not affected the conduct of the exercise. The participation of 26 nations, with nearly 50 ships, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel, makes RIMPAC a tempting target for the Russians to monitor.
Russia last participated in RIMPAC in 2012. The country was invited in 2014, but declined. Russia wasn’t invited this year because of its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.
The last time a Russian spy ship stopped by Hawaii was in 2004, also coincident with RIMPAC.