NATO ships meet Russian underwater reconnaissance vessel in English Channel

Photo: Royal Navy

RFS Yantar, the Russian Navy’s oceanographic vessel – also referred to as spy ship, underwater reconnaissance ship or seabed research ship – was escorted by several NATO ships as it transited the English Channel into the North Sea.

Yantar was first escorted by a French Navy ship in the Bay of Biscay to later enjoy the company of Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond.

Yantar was also shadowed by a Belgian patrol ship and Dutch frigate HNLMS Van Amstel.

While Russian Navy vessels are routinely escorted in the English Channel, Yantar’s passage drew more attention as the ship is known to often loiter near important subsea internet cables causing concern because its intelligence collection capabilities.

The specialist reconnaissance ship carries three submersible vehicles which can dive to 6,000 meters and send back images in addition to collecting items from the bottom of the ocean.

Commander Ben Keith, the commanding officer of HMS Diamond which escorted Yantar, said: “HMS Diamond is proud to be doing her part to protect the UK area of interest by monitoring the Russian vessel Yantar on its transit.

“This is routine business for the Royal Navy, and my ship’s company are well-trained and ready at short notice to deploy for such tasking.”

Share this article

Follow Naval Today

Events>

<< Jun 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Anti-Submarine Warfare

The conference will, in the presence of industry, provide a unique opportunity to understand what next generation platforms…

read more >

Defence Safety Conference 2019

The Defence Safety Conference returns to London this October as the only event solely dedicated to enhancing safety across all aspects of defence.

read more >

PACIFIC 2019

As the only comprehensive international exhibition of its kind in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, PACIFIC 2019…

read more >