The Royal Navy collided with a Russian hunting submarine in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, which is considered the first collision between Russian and British ships since the Cold War in shocking scenes captured by the TV crew.
A Russian submarine lurked underwater 200 miles north of Scotland when the crew of HMS Northumberland was sent on a 48-hour mission to catch it amid fears they would try to connect or cut the submarine cables necessary for communications and the Internet.
The Royal Navy Type 23 frigate sailed into the area where the submarine was believed to be hiding, and deployed its sonar – a hydrophone-covered cable pulled behind the hull – to listen to the sounds from the submarine.
But in what a Navy source described as a “million-to-one event,” the submarine flew just behind the British vessel and crashed into a sonar cable pulled behind the frigate.
The collision severely damaged the HMS Northumberland sonar, which was torn through the hull of a Russian submarine, forcing the British crew to interrupt their mission and return to base for repair.
At the time, it was assumed that the Russian submarine knew that HMS Northumberland was there, but Navy sources said the crash must have been an accident.
A picture of a leaflet provided by the British Ministry of Defense shows that HMS Northumberland (front) is monitoring the Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as it sails northwest of the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland in December 2020.
A Russian submarine was lurking underwater 200 miles north of Scotland when the crew of HMS Northumberland was sent to catch it (pictured: Akula-class Russian submarine)
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According to a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MOD), the collision, which took place at the end of 2020, took place during a period of tense close talks between British and Russian ships.
The Royal Navy said it had tracked a total of nine Russian warships around the United Kingdom in just two weeks between December 2020.
A Navy source told Sun about the crash:[The sonar device] it was badly chewed and unusable.
“The submarine’s crew would be shitty,” he said, adding that the submarine was also likely to suffer damage as a result of the crash.
Tom Sharpe OBE, a former commanding officer of the Royal Navy HMS St Albans, said: “The question is, was it intentional or was it an accident?
“Detecting ships and submarines is not an exact science. A close flyby may have failed, “Sharpe said, but added,” Russia’s threat to our submarine communications is real, on our doorstep, and growing. ”
A MOD spokesman said: “At the end of 2020, a Russian submarine monitored by HMS Northumberland came into contact with its towed sonar.
“The Royal Navy regularly monitors foreign ships and submarines to ensure the defense of the United Kingdom.”
The Russian embassy in London declined to comment.
The news of the collision at sea comes as Russia continues to strengthen its military capabilities amid growing tensions in Eastern Europe.
Vladimir Putin said Russia’s ongoing program to modernize its military had seen a successful test firing of several Zircon hypersonic missiles in December.
Russia currently has up to 100,000 troops stationed along Ukraine’s borders, as the Pentagon warns that the invasion could take place in a matter of weeks.
Just a week ago, the Russian state media reported that the army had successfully deployed a new missile designed to shoot down nuclear weapons and satellites in space.
The S-550 missile defense system is considered Russia’s latest intervention in the space arms race – designed to destroy targets hundreds of miles above the ground, such as low-orbit satellites, nuclear warheads and orbital hypersonic weapons.
Moscow is believed to have tested the weapons system last month when it blew up one of its own dysfunctional spy satellites in a move that angered Washington and increased tensions with NATO.
The test took place just a few weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a successful test firing of a salvo of a new generation of hypersonic missiles.
Russia’s top-secret S-550 “Star Wars” missile system has entered active service, defense sources said after a series of tests discussed (pictured).
While world powers compete in the development of advanced weapons, Russia has conducted a number of successful tests of its hypersonic missile Zircon. Pictured: Test of the Russian Zircon rocket in November
The “Zircon” missiles are being developed as part of an ongoing development program in Russia aimed at modernizing the military capabilities of the Eastern Superpower.
Putin described a test in which a volley of Zircon missiles fired “successfully and flawlessly” last month.a major event in the life of the country and an important step towards strengthening Russia’s security and improving its defense capabilities. “
Zircon missiles are scheduled to begin use in the Russian Navy later this year and can be fired from a number of Russian submarines – a threat demonstrated last November by another successful launch from the sea.