Fleet of Russian naval vessels in the English channel.
Image Credit: Stanislav Karatanov
On Friday evening, the Russian anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov entered the UK’s waters along with its support ships. It is believed that the ship was heading southwards. The Russian Northern Fleet reported about its vessels location.
Today, a detachment of ships and support vessels, headed by the large anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov of the Northern Fleet, passed the Pas-de-Calais and continues to move southward in the English Channel.Russian Northern Fleet Statement.
Along with the anti-submarine ship, there is a Russian corvette military ship Gremyachchiy from the Pacific Fleet and a minesweeper vessel Vladimir Emelyanov from the Black Sea Fleet. Both vessels joined the anti-submarine ship on August 12th after participating in Russia’s Main Naval Parade which took place in St Petersburg on July 25. More than 4,000 sailors, 50 ships and 40 planes and helicopters took part in the parade.
The news of the anti-submarine ship passing through English waters comes on the same month that Russian attack submarines conducted several deep penetration missions far underwater carrying hypersonic missiles. Recently, it was revealed that a large number of Russian Borei-class nuclear powered submarines dived beyond 500metres in an attempt to enter the Atlantic Ocean undetected. These submarines carry Zircon 3M22 hypersonic missiles that have speeds of 2.7km per second.
The reason for these extreme depth missions has eluded most analysts but it could be simply to access the Atlantic with stealth.Anonymous source to The Mirror
Russian submarines do not go deeper than 480metres and 400metres is usually their working limit. Beyond 900m their submarines will implode.
More details to follow.