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Border Watch: Russian sub surfaces near sea border

Coast guard patrols observed a Russian Navy submarine about 15 kilometers off of Latvia's maritime territory, the National Armed Forces (NBS) reported Sunday on its Twitter feed.

The Kilo-class type of submarine is NATO's term for the Russian-made anti-shipping and anti-submarine vessel designed for use in relatively shallow waters. Besides torpedo and mine-setting funcitons, these diesel-electric powered subs can also be equipped with anti-aircraft missiles.

Just two days prior, on Friday the NATO Baltic Air Police (BAP) scrambled to intercept a Russian anti-sub and patrol plane, the Ilyushin IL-38 in international airspace near Latvia's Baltic Sea borders.

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