In North American defense terms, the most sensitive area of ocean on the globe is the stretch of the North Atlantic between Newfoundland and the Scotch coast. Over this area would fly any Russian bombers trying to end-run U.S.Canadian continental defenses; through these waters would likely come Russian submarines slipping out through the Norwegian Sea bound for attacks on Atlantic shipping or coastal cities. For more than a year, the U.S. Navy's around-the-clock fleets of radar patrol planes and radar picket ships have been keenly aware of Russia's fleet of radar-equipped fishing trawlers cruising constantly in the richly stocked...

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