Putin has sparked new fears, with a top admiral warning that Russia could launch an undersea ‘act of war.’
According to one of the UK’s top defense chiefs, VLADIMIR PUTIN could be planning a subtle “act of war” as Russia continues to expand its underwater activity.
“There’s been a phenomenal increase in Russian submarine and underwater activity over the last 20 years,” Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, 56, the new chief of the defence staff, told The Times.
He went on to say, however, that the issue was “more than submarines,” explaining that Russia could exploit a major weakness that could cripple even the most advanced militaries.
Russia could “put at risk and potentially exploit the world’s real information system, which is undersea cables that run all over the world,” he explained.
“That is where the majority of the world’s information and traffic travels,” he added.
“Russia has developed the capability to threaten and potentially exploit those undersea cables.”
“Potentially, yes,” he said when asked if destroying the cables would be considered an act of war.
Sir Radakin, who recently became the first head of the navy in 20 years, succeeded General Sir Nicholas Carter as the head of the British armed forces.
A submerged “hunter-killer” submarine was hit by a Royal Navy warship in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, highlighting the underwater threat.
The Russian ship reportedly hit the sonar line towed behind the HMS Northumberland, forcing the British ship to abandon its mission and return to port for repairs.
The British Type 23 frigate was reportedly on a search mission 200 miles north of Scotland for the Russian submarine.
The sonar cable was allegedly “dragged over the submarine’s hull,” according to reports.
According to the Sun, the cable was “badly chewed up and unusable” after the collision.
“The question is whether it was deliberate or an accident,” said former frigate captain Commander Tom Sharpe.
“Detecting ships and submarines is not an exact science.
“It could have been a close pass that went horribly wrong.”
According to a Navy source, it was a “million-to-one chance event.”