Missing in the English Channel: the British lost the Russian submarine

LONDON, (BM) – The alliance lost the Russian submarine Krasnodar off the coast of England in the English Channel, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Gazeta.ru. Recently, Western media often write about the “threat of Russian submarines”, which have become noticeably more often patrolling the North Atlantic.

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“Krasnodar” has already appeared in the English Channel, but was not alone then. Now the location of the NATO submarine is unknown.

The British military missed a Russian Varshavyanka-class submarine in the English Channel. According to Forbes magazine, the location of the Krasnodar submarine is unknown. “The Russian submarine was heading towards St. Petersburg,” the message says.

The submarine entered the English Channel and reached the westernmost point of Great Britain – Cape Lands End in Cornwall. Since then, the sub’s coordinates are unclear.

“Krasnodar” already crossed the English Channel in May 2017, then the submarine was accompanied by ships of the British Royal Navy. The year before, Krasnodar collided with a foreign civilian vessel in 2016 during an exercise in the Baltic Sea, after which it had to be repaired.

The bailiffs charged more than 17 million rubles from the ex-commander of the submarine division, captain I rank Igor Martemyanov and the commander of the submarine Krasnodar, captain II rank Denis Sopin. for the accident.

The Kommersant newspaper then specified that the bailiffs were trying to collect 5 million rubles from Martemyanov, while Sopin had only 21.7 thousand rubles left to pay to the bailiffs. – the cost of legal costs in the lawsuit of the Ministry of Defense.

In addition, Krasnodar took part in the marine phase of the Russian military campaign in Syria. From the underwater position, the submarine launched cruise missiles at terrorist targets.

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Domestic submarines are attracting the attention of the Western military and the media more and more often. In early July, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing NATO officials and military analysts, that at least 10 Russian submarines participated in military exercises in the North Atlantic Ocean at the end of 2019.

Russia is increasingly sending its submarines to areas where they “could threaten NATO ships,” said Vice Admiral Keith Blount, head of the NATO Joint Naval Command. He also noted that the campaigns of Russian submarines are becoming longer and longer.

At the same time, the WSJ quoted the commander of the Northern Fleet, Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseev. He said in early spring that the Russian Navy is expanding the geography of combat duty.

“Last year, our multi-purpose submarines worked out a number of tasks with deep-sea diving in various areas of the neutral waters of the Norwegian Sea. Submariners of the Northern Fleet <…> successfully operated in the Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean,” said Moiseev.

Passages of Russian warships and submarines across the English Channel regularly attract the attention of the British Royal Nevi. In June, the United Kingdom Navy tracked the passage of the Russian Vice-Admiral Kulakov large anti-submarine ship through the strait.

He was accompanied by the frigate HMS Westminster and the patrol ship HMS Tyne, the report said. It is emphasized that the British Navy monitors the passage of ships through the British zone of interest on an ongoing basis. At the same time, the message of the British command notes the “safe and professional” actions of the Russian ship.

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In December last year, the British HMS Tyne was urgently called into the English Channel, through which the Russian training ship Perekop was passing.

A year earlier, in the summer of 2019, the British Royal Navy patrol ship “Fort” escorted the Russian corvette “Vasily Bykov”, which passed through the English Channel. The Englishman set sail from Liverpool on June 23, and on the 24th he sailed off the west coast of France, where he met with the Russian corvette.

In March of the same year, the British destroyer HMS Defender monitored the movements of the Russian frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov. Together with three more Russian vessels, the frigate entered the English Channel earlier this month.

The detachment practiced anti-sabotage and air defense missions in Morey Firth off the northern coast of Scotland.

The United States has long warned of its inability to monitor Russian submarines

The American National Interest magazine appreciated the Russian submarines of the Ash project and the stealth of these submarines, because of which the United States lost their mark in the past.

The magazine reminded the words of Rear Admiral of the American Navy Dave Johnson, who was so impressed by Severodvinsk, the lead ship of the project, that he ordered his model for his office, “so as not to forget what the Navy will have to deal with.”

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One of the advantages of “Ash” submarines is stealth. So, in 2018, when the Russian submarine sailed in the Atlantic Ocean, the US military could not find it for several weeks. The whole thing, NI explains, is in a case made of low-magnetic steel, which significantly reduces the magnetic signature of the submarine.

“In peacetime, losing a Russian submarine is a headache. During a conflict, losing a track of a submarine is a mortal danger,” the author concluded.

Submarines of the Ash project are a series of fourth-generation domestic multi-purpose submarines. The lead ship of the project – the nuclear submarine Severodvinsk – entered the fleet in 2014.

This fall, the Kazan submarine, designed under the modernized Yasen-M project, is also expected to be adopted. As part of this series, the domestic fleet should also receive the submarines Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Arkhangelsk, Perm, Ulyanovsk and two more ships.

US Admiral warns of the dangers of Russian submarines in the Mediterranean

Russia is turning the Eastern Mediterranean into one of the most militarized zones in the world thanks to the presence of submarines. This opinion was shared by the commander of the US Navy in Europe and Africa, James Foggo said on June 27.

“The Russians are deploying quiet, modern diesel submarines armed with Caliber,” Foggo quotes Stars and Stripes. He noted that Russian submarines are capable of moving in different parts in European waters and can hit missiles in any capital of Europe or Africa.

Thus, according to him, the military needs to be especially careful. In addition, he warned of the possibility of Russian forces strengthening their positions in Libya. “Now think about what Russia is doing in the Crimea and Tartus and what kind of threat they can pose by acquiring a stronghold in Libya,” Foggo added.

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A few days ago it became known that the Admiral Makarov frigate of the Black Sea Fleet, equipped with Caliber cruise missiles, would strengthen the Navy’s group in the Mediterranean.

In April, the American magazine The National Interest rated the quiet and almost elusive Russian submarine Severodvinsk of the Ash class. Journalists then remembered that several years ago, the US Navy lost the Russian submarine Severodvinsk in the Atlantic Ocean.


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