The Royal Navy has been tracking Russian submarine activity, with a coll ision between HMS Northumberland and a Russian submarine sparking speculation about cable-mapping activity.
The Navy warship was hit by a Russian ‘hunter-killer’ submarine while on patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean in late 2020.
HMS Northumberland – a Type 23 Frigate based at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport, in Plymouth – had been searching for the submarine after it disappeared from the ship’s radar in the Arctic Circle shortly before the incident took place.
The submarine hit the warship’s sonar – a piece of equipment being towed hundreds of metres behind it, which was fitted with sensitive hydrophones for listening under water.
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