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Russian spy ship Viktor Leonov spotted near Virginia

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 17/02/2017 MINYVONNE BURKE

Russian warship Viktor Leonov enters the bay in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The Russian warship, one of the fleet's Vishnya-class ships generally used for intelligence gathering, was docked in the harbor Tuesday, coinciding with a visit to Cuba by Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) - Desmond Boylan/AP © Provided by New York Daily News Russian warship Viktor Leonov enters the bay in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The Russian warship, one of the fleet's Vishnya-class ships generally used for intelligence gathering, was docked in the harbor Tuesday, coinciding with a visit to Cuba by Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) - Desmond Boylan/AP The Russian spy ship previously seen loitering off the coast of Connecticut has found a new place to anchor.

The vessel, named Viktor Leonov, is now positioned northeast of Norfolk, Virginia, ABC News reported.

The ship was spotted Wednesday 30 miles south of a Navy submarine base in New London, Connecticut. It spent about 24 hours there before it set sail. By Thursday morning, the ship was seen loitering 75 miles northeast of Norfolk.

Although the ship has become a source of concern for some people, officials said there is nothing to worry about and the spy ship is operating in international waters and gathering information about U.S. Navy submarine operations.

"It's lawful (and) similar to operations we do around the world," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters on Friday.

During a press conference Thursday, Donald Trump joked about the ship's lurking presence — which some might say is trailing the President who is currently in South Carolina — saying his critics probably think the "greatest thing" he could do is shoot the ship "right out of the water."

"Everyone in this country's going to say, 'Oh, it's so great,'" he continued. "That's not great. … I would love to be able to get along with Russia."

This isn't the first time Viktor Leonov was seen loitering in international waters near the U.S. coast. In 2014 and 2015 the ship was seen near the submarine base at King's Bay, Georgia.

According to CBS News, the ship is expected to eventually head in the direction of Cuba.

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