New US Navy Task Force Has One Goal: To Hunt Russian Submarines

In a statement, the US Navy provided details of a new task force called Task Group Greyhound (TGG) to “provide the fleet with permanently ready and fully certified warships, ready to perform a full range of 24/7/365 on-demand missions. . TGG will assign and strive Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyers to be ready to support sustainment operations and counter Russian submarine threats against the homeland.

The name Greyhound is a return to the WWII Navy destroyers that escorted convoys from the United States to Europe during the Battle of the Atlantic. Then the Atlantic was the scene of intense naval warfare between German submarines and Allied surface ships during the Allied blockade of Germany and Germany’s attempt to block the United States.

The mission of the new working group? Hold a submarine warfare advantage over Russian submarines off the east coast of the United States. The ships of Task Force Greyhound, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, have powerful anti-submarine warfare capabilities. Each ship is equipped with an active sonar network and a towed sonar network, as well as powerful anti-submarine rockets.

After a long period of stagnation after the end of the Cold War, Russian submarine capabilities have continued to progress, to the point that “submarines [are] on par with our submarines, ”the head of US Northern Command previously explained, stressing how serious the Russian submarine threat is.

Of particular concern is the potential for espionage and disruption of the submarine’s communications. The North Atlantic between the US east coast and Europe is an important conduit for submarine cables that carry Internet and telecommunications traffic. Disruptions to these cables could pose a considerable threat to American and European security.

“Dealing with the considerable threat from Russia requires focus, continuous surveillance and a team approach to submarine warfare,” the Navy statement said. “The TGG initiative will ensure that the designated post-deployment destroyers on the east coast remain in an extended sustainment phase in rotation with other destroyers. This will be supported by incremental maintenance availabilities and sustained readiness certifications. ”

A modern and dynamic environment

“The Greyhound Task Force provides us with a means of increasing the continuity between training and operations against high-end competitors in a dynamic environment,” said Rear Admiral Brendan McLane, Commander Naval Force. surface of the Atlantic, in the Navy statement. “These destroyers are now designated as Task Group Greyhound in the West Atlantic and are on call 24/7, ready to train, integrate and operate at any time.”

Despite the threat posed by Russian submarines on the east coast of the United States, the United States Navy is fundamentally adjusting its anti-submarine forces.

Caleb Larson is a multimedia journalist and defense writer with National interest. He lives in Berlin and covers the intersection of conflict, security and technology, focusing on US foreign policy, European security and German society.

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