LONDON, (BM) – Alarming signals and conclusions are coming from the westernmost point of Europe – Great Britain, which is alarming about the growing number of Russian submarines in the waters of the North Atlantic, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
British military experts have warned that Russian submarines now outnumber and outnumber British submarines in territory that was dominated by Allied forces years ago, especially after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a rearmament of Russian submarines with new wings. missiles of Russia in the range of which is already Britain. According to experts who commented in Sunday’s issue of the Express, the demonstrative positioning of a large number of Russian submarines and their maneuvers in the North Atlantic is a “provocative and mocking” tactic from the Cold War era.
The British news publication notes that Russian Shark-class submarines have been spotted off the coast of Britain. At the same time, analysts are closely monitoring the situation and believe that Russia is ready to continue testing its latest nuclear-powered cruise missiles. These new munitions of the Russian navy are good enough, experts say, and in the event of a military conflict, Britain falls within their scope of defeat and action. The publication emphasizes that the very number of Russian submarines in this region is strikingly brazen and mocking.
Of particular concern is the fact that it could become a dangerous reality, namely the presence of Chinese submarines off the coast of Britain. This would come as no surprise, given that the changing climate in the Atlantic creates new sea lanes and opportunities, said First Naval Lord and Chief of Naval Staff Tony Radakin. According to him, the activity of the submarine fleet of the Russian Federation has not been so active for the last 30 years.
Admiral Radkin gave his opinion on one of the possible reasons for the growing number of Russian submarines around Britain. According to him, the information bank or the transfer of information from the United States to Europe and vice versa is one of the reasons for the activation of the Russian submarine fleet. At the bottom of the ocean lie many cables, some of which are connected with the international currency and trade exchange of all kinds of information, including currency encrypted.
Admiral Radakin said: “We all know that data governs the world, from commercial transactions to private emails, from stock trading to computer games, from medical research to television programs.”
The British lost the Russian submarine
The alliance lost the Russian submarine Krasnodar off the coast of England in the English Channel, BulgarianMilitary.com reported on July 19 this year citing Gazeta.ru. Recently, Western media often write about the “threat of Russian submarines”, which have become noticeably more often patrolling the North Atlantic. “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.
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.
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.
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