British Destroyers Intercept Russian Sub

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London: A Russian submarine – capable of carrying cruise missiles – has been intercepted by a Royal Navy destroyer in the North Sea.

The vessel was detected by NATO forces and is now being escorted by HMS Kent.

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The Ministry of Defence said the Type 23 Duke class frigate will continue to shadow the Kilo-class submarine.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “This shows that the Navy is maintaining a vigilant watch in international and territorial waters to keep Britain safe and protect us from potential threats.”

HMS Kent’s Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Thomas, said: “Locating this submarine was a combined effort with NATO allies and shadowing such units is routine activity for the Royal Navy.

“We continue to escort the submarine as it conducts its passage, providing a visible presence.”

The incident is the latest face-off between the British and Russian military following several incursions by aircraft in skies around the UK.

Skly News

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