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USDD denies undetected Russian nuclear sub 'patrolled Gulf of Mexico'

2012-08-16 03:29:00 GMT2012-08-16 11:29:00(Beijing Time)  SINA English

By Yu Runze,Sina English

A Russian attack submarine, loaded with cruise missiles, slipped into the Gulf of Mexico undetected and, stealthily sailed through US strategic waters for weeks, defying notice of the US Navy. This was only released on Wednesday.

The last time a Russian sub was spotted this close to the U.S. was in 2009, when a pair of the subs were discovered patrolling off the American east coast.

An official with the US Department of Defense (USDD) on Wednesday denied media reports that a Russian nuclear-powered submarine recently operated in restricted U.S. waters for up to a month without being detected.

Russian submarine's appearance in US strategic waters reveals loopholes existing in U.S. anti-submarine missile system, an unidentified American official said; it also came against the backdrop that U.S. President Barack Obama plans to slash US $487 billion in the US defense budget over the next 10 years.

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