without nav lights either, and is a potential hazard to shipping. It's counterproductive for a spy ship to draw attention to themselves like that. Makes me wonder if they are even communicating with their own navy.
Viktor Leonov also has been spotted sailing off the coast of South Carolina in recent days. The ship’s actions were deemed unsafe because it wasn’t running lights in low-visibility weather and wasn’t replying to hails from commercial vessels that were trying to help prevent any collision, according to CNN, which cited information from two U.S. officials.
The Viktor Leonov has been seen before off the United States coast, and it also routinely operates in the Caribbean, including Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago. But there is something unexpected in the Viktor Leonov’s case this time, one expert said. “What’s unusual about this is it’s not putting on their lights when they ought to, and not communicating with nearby vessels about their location," said Benjamin Friedman, policy director at Defense Priorities, a foreign policy organization. “The Russian ship seems to be endangering other ships in the area and maybe even themselves. That’s the takeaway point.”