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Russian submarines tracked by Royal Navy in North Sea

It has been revealed that two Russian submarines were tracked in the North Sea by a Royal Navy warship.

After the submarines had surfaced northwest of Bergen in Norway, HMS Portland, a British submarine hunter, shadowed them with sonars.

A Navy spokesperson stated that the two vessels – the cruise missile submarine Severodvinsk, and the Akula-class attack submarine Vepr – were being tracked as they traveled south along the coast.

He stated that they had “reported on movements” of the Russian Northern Fleet ships along with one of RAF’s new long range maritime patrol aircrafts, the P8 Poseidon.

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The Type 23 frigate watched the submarines as they surfaced, before NATO and Baltic forces assumed tracking duties. They continued on to St Petersburg for Russian Navy Day celebrations.

Commander Tim Leeder of HMS Portland, the commanding officer, stated that such operations play a “strategically critical role” and said that the “cohesiveness Royal Navy, RAF, and our allies capabilities” made it possible to conduct and sustain these anti-submarine operations in North Atlantic.

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Image: Ukrainian soldiers receive training at a UK facility. Pic: (c/MoD Crown


Ukrainians get minehunter training

Royal Navy sailors are currently instructing Ukraine‘s navy to operate two Sandown-class minehunters that are being sold to Kyiv.

Volodymyr Havrylov, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister, met with James Heappey, the UK armed forces minister, and London parliamentarians before visiting sailors and soldiers in Scotland.

Ministers met with Royal Navy instructors and trainees, and observed them practicing key skills at sea such as damage control and weapon drills, while also learning how to operate machinery on the vessels.

Heappey stated that it was amazing to see the intensity with which the Ukrainian sailors and soldiers train.

They work with the focus of troops who are aware that they will be fighting in a conflict in a matter of weeks.

It is difficult to deliver training that matches this intensity and focus.

“The Royal Navy, the British Army and all of their operational experience are working hard to ensure that their new Ukrainian friends go into combat with the greatest chance of success.

The Royal Navy’s Sandown-class minehunters are specialized in neutralizing and finding mines deep in the sea.

This programme is part of the training provided by 1,000 UK servicemen at military sites across the country. It aims to prepare volunteer recruits for frontline combat.

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