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Arthur Charland: Russian spy ship activity gone on for decades


Monday, February 20, 2017
Russian spy ship activity has gone on for decades

Russian spy ship activity has been going on for decades. As a sailor aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Mediterranean during the ‘60s, we were constantly being trailed by Russian “fishing trawlers,” otherwise known as Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGIs) electronic eavesdropping ships, often crossing our path so our ship had to change course in order to avoid a collision.

The Russians were not only trying to collect electronic intelligence about our radars and communication equipment, but went through our trash that we threw overboard as well. Setting radio-silence conditions, and weighting down our trash bags prevented further Russian snooping.

Those of you who remember Mad magazine will recognize the above activity in its “Spy vs. Spy” panels.

Arthur Charland

Florence