The UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has reportedly confirmed that a submarine from the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet struck the sonar of HMS Northumberland in late 2020.
The incident was captured on camera by a Channel 5 TV crew.
According to the Defense Ministry, the pilots of the HMS Northumberland Merlin helicopter had seen the periscope of the Russian submarine before it submerged. Later, the ship came into contact with the frigate’s sonar.
No details were available on whether the Russian submarine was damaged, but HMS Northumberland is said to have returned to port to replace the sonar.
A spokesman for the Defense Ministry told the BBC: “At the end of 2020, a Russian submarine that was being tracked by the ‘HMS Northumberland’ came into contact with its towed sonar.
“The Royal Navy regularly tracks foreign ships and submarines to ensure the defense of the United Kingdom.”
On December 4, 2020, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy revealed that eight of its ships have monitored the movements of nine Russian ships, including a submarine, a destroyer, a corvette, a Kilo-class patrol vessel and its supporting tugs and supply ships.
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According to the Navy, the Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland was monitoring the Russian Navy’s Udaloy-class destroyer, Vice Admiral Kulakov.
The destroyer had sailed northwest of the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland.