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CT Captured the Nation’s Attention on Wednesday … for a Weird Reason

February 16, 2017 By Staff
CT Captured the Nation’s Attention on Wednesday … for a Weird Reason

Our tiny state was, briefly, the center of the nation's attention on Wednesday, but not for any reason you would expect.

It’s rare that Connecticut, a small state by population and size, makes it into national headlines. That changed on Wednesday.

That’s because a Russian spy ship patrolled only 30 miles away from Connecticut’s naval sub base in Groton, Connecticut, before turning back south to the Caribbean.

More from USA Today:

Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., a member of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, said the ship was spotted about 30 miles from the Naval Submarine Base New London, located in Groton, Conn. It is the Navy’s primary East Coast submarine base.

Courtney said the move, coupled with the recent reported buzzing of U.S. Navy ships in the Red Sea by Russian planes, represents “unacceptable, aggressive action … clearly testing the resolve of a new administration.”

Indeed, Google searches for the term “russian ship” skyrocketed, particularly along the east coast of the U.S. (as the Russian ship traveled from south of Florida to Connecticut and back).

Russia stayed in international waters the entire time, but the episode caused a stir amid Washington, D.C.’s recent chaos over Russia.