- Russian Kilo-class submarines chased British Astute-class vessels backed up by two frigates and an aircraft
- They hunted the UK vessel as it carried Tomahawk missiles with a range of up to 1,000 miles close to Syria
- Britain joined the U.S. and France in airstrikes against the Assad regime and its chemical weapons facilities
- Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of ‘consequences’ and said said there was no evidence of the attack
- President Donald Trump has vowed to carry out further strikes if Assad crosses the chemical ‘red line’ again
- Assad met Russian politicians today and told them the West was spreading ‘lies and misinformation’ at the UN
- Theresa May has faced criticism for authorising the military action without a vote in the House of Commons
- Boris Johnson defended the PM but said the UK would take ‘precautions’ amid fears of Russian cyber-attacks
- Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn questioned their legality and demanded a ‘war powers’ law to give Parliament a say
A Royal Navy submarine was hunted by Russian warships in a ‘cat and mouse’ pursuit under the eastern Mediterranean shortly before the UK took part in airstrikes against the Assad regime in Syria, it has emerged.
Russian hunter-killer submarines, nicknamed ‘Black Hole’ because of their stealth, chased the British Astute-class submarines over several days, supported by two frigates and an anti-submarine aircraft, according to a military source.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said today that the UK would have to take ‘precautions’ against Russian cyber-attacks, after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of ‘consequences’ following the airstrikes by the UK, US and France in which suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria were reduced to rubble.
The Russian Kilo-class submarines tracked the British crew as the UK vessel, carrying Tomahawk missiles with a range of up to 1,000 miles, moved within firing distance of Syria, The Sunday Times reports.
A Royal Navy submarine has been hunted by Russian warships in a ‘cat and mouse’ pursuit under the Mediterranean. Pictured: HMS Astute, one of Britain’s Astute-class submarines, sailing up Gareloch on the Firth of Clyde to her base at Faslane
No British submarines were in fact used in the strikes, though the British boat would have been carrying up to 20 Tomahawk cruise missiles. The US Navy was also flying patrol aircraft over the area to track Russian boats and protect its ally Britain
No missiles were in fact fired from British submarines during the strikes, although though the British boat would have been carrying up to 20 Tomahawk cruise missiles. The US Navy was also flying patrol aircraft over the area to track Russian boats and protect its allied submarines, it is reported.
Britain’s nuclear-powered Astute submarines cost around £1.2billion each and have been commissioned since 2010, while the Russian Kilo-class submarines are powered by diesel generators and can reach a top speed of 20 knots.
Nick Childs of the International Institute for Strategic Studies said submarine commanders were trained not to fire too many missiles at once as they would give away their position.
It comes after new satellite imagery revealed extensive damage to targets hit by the airstrikes in Syria, where three sites were destroyed as Donald Trump, Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron responded to an alleged chemical attack by the Assad regime which allegedly killed 75 people.
Nothing’s changed ..the same old gramaphone
airstrikes, weapons of mass destruction, chemical attack, war on terror etc etc