Syria attack: British submarine 'hunted by Russian subs
A ROYAL Navy submarine heading towards Syria has been hunted by up to two deadly Russian subs and a number of other vessels in the Mediterranean for days as tensions between the countries ratchet up, it has been revealed.
By Mark Chandler
PUBLISHED: 06:00, Mon, Apr 16, 2018
The British crew found themselves involved in a “cat and mouse game” with at least one of the Kremlin Kilo-class subs, dubbed the “Black Hole” because they are so stealthy.
Two frigates and an anti-submarine aircraft were also involved in the hunt, the Sunday Times reported.
The Tomahawk missile-equipped £1.2billion British vessel had been moving to within range of Syria when it found itself under threat.
It then spent days trying to avoid detection by the Russian force.The British sub was 'hunted' by Russian forces
US Navy forces tried to protect the waters around the underwater ship as it passed beneath the waves, with aircraft bussing overhead to offer cover.
Kilo-class submarines are among the deadliest in Putin’s arsenal.
Powered by two diesel generators and an electric drive they can move silently underwater at speeds of up to 17 knots.
They can be equipped with a range of deadly weapons including cruise and anti-ship missiles.The British submarine was Astute-class and hunted for days
Following the tension-filled encounter, the British Astute-class submarine did not take part in the attack on Syrian chemical weapons facilities.
The Royal Navy’s Astute submarines cost around £1.2billion each and have been commissioned by Britain since 2010.
Nick Childs, from the International Institute for Strategic Studies said submarine commanders were trained not give away their position by firing too many missiles at once.
Strikes by UK, US and French forces crippled President Bashar al-Assad’s weapons programme overnight yesterday.
The allies launched 105 missiles in retaliation for a poison gas atrocity in Syria that killed at least 70 people.
Three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development in Damascus' Barzeh district and two facilities near Homs were wiped out in the attack.