The Swedish Naval Forces have spent the weekend searching for a Russian submarine that could have been stranded underwater off the coast of Stockholm, according to media reports.
200 troops, along with helicopters and ships were a part of the hunt for the submarine, The Guardian writes.
In response to the latest media reports, the Swedish Armed Forces issued a statement in which the Director Communication and Public Affairs of the Swedish Armed Forces, Mr Erik Lagersten, said that they “are not in a position to deny or verify media news or speculations recently published about a missing foreign submarine.”
At the moment we are conducting an intelligence operation in the archipelago of Stockholm with optical reconnaissance as well as with naval vessels equipped with qualified underwater sensors. The units activated are from all branches of the Swedish Armed Forces, the Navy, the Army and the Air Force.
The operation is conducted in order for the Armed Forces to establish if there are or has been foreign underwater activities in the area. Due to operational reasons the Swedish Armed Forces are prevented to disclose any details surrounding the operation.
Source: forsvarsmakten.se; Image: oaoosk.ru