In an Atlantic clash, a Royal Navy warship collided with a Russian ‘hunter-killer’ nuclear submarine.
A ROYAL Navy warship is said to have collided with a submerged Russian submarine in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Russian ship collided with a sonar line being towed behind HMS Northumberland.
The Type 23 frigate was scrambled to search for the Russian submarine about 200 miles north of Scotland, according to reports.
HMS Northumberland deployed its towed sonar cable to listen for underwater sounds and determine the location of the submarine.
However, the cable was reportedly “dragged over the submarine’s hull” in a startling collision.
According to The Sun, the crew was forced to abandon the mission and return to port for repairs.
“It was chewed up and unusable,” a source told the paper.
“The question is whether it was deliberate or an accident,” said Tom Sharpe, a former frigate captain.
“Detecting ships and submarines is a science that is far from perfect.
It could’ve been a close call that went wrong.”
It was a “million-to-one chance event,” according to a Navy source.
They went on to say that the Russian submarine was almost certainly damaged as well.
When contacted by the Sun, the Russian embassy in London declined to comment.
“A Russian submarine being tracked by HMS Northumberland collided with her towed array sonar in late 2020,” a Ministry of Defence spokesperson said.
“In order to ensure the United Kingdom’s defense, the Royal Navy tracks foreign ships and submarines on a regular basis.”
The news of the clash comes at a time when Russia and the West are increasingly at odds.
There has been a large buildup of Russian troops and military equipment on the Ukrainian border in recent months.
Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, there have been growing fears of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told MPs what the government was doing to combat Russian aggression in Ukraine in a statement to the House of Commons earlier today.
“Any Russian military incursion into Ukraine would be a huge strategic blunder that would cost a lot of money,” she said.
Russia’s campaign to subvert its democratic neighbors will not be tolerated.
“It’s accompanied by a lot of nonsense rhetoric and misinformation.”
To justify their aggressive stance, they falsely portrayed Ukraine as a threat.
They accuse NATO of provocation, which is untrue.
“This isn’t even close to the truth.”
Ms. Truss went on to say that Russia’s attitude toward Ukraine was “part of the picture.”
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