Russian Vishnya (also known as Meridian) class warship CCB-175 Viktor Leonov, arrives at Havana’s harbor in a Feb. 27, 2014 file photo. The Vishnya class ships are used for gathering intelligence. GETTY

The Russian ship that caused a stir last year when it was off the eastern seaboard is hovering about 20 miles south of a navy submarine base at King’s Bay.

CBS News reports the ship is heading north with a port call scheduled in Jamaica in April and that U.S. officials are preparing for the possibility of the sub traveling up and down the coast line until it makes its way to the island next month.

The closest the ship has come to US shores in recent months is 17 miles, which is still international waters.

CBS News also reports:


Its voyages are the latest in an alarming string of incidents involving the Russian military. In February, a group of Russian jets buzzed a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea and the U.S. accused Russia of secretly deploying cruise missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead in violation of a major arms-control treaty.

Mr. Trump said they were “not good,” but that he did not think the provocations were a test from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The ship is just over 300 feet long and was built specifically for surveillance and radar equipment. The same ship has been in international waters for some time now but did dock in Cuba when the U.S. delegation made a trip.