UK British subs eye resuming Arctic patrols after decade-long pause
Her Majesty’s attack submarines are set to return to the Arctic after a nine-year pause taken after a fatal incident, the Sunday Times reports. Activity in the resource-rich area is heating up, with interest coming from a number of nations, including Russia.
Anti-submarine warfare patrols by the US and UK under the Arctic icecap were part of the Cold War and the military stand-off with Moscow. The environment is challenging, as ice poses navigation problems and requires special caution during surfacing.
The UK continued Arctic submarine deployments well after the collapse of the USSR, until in 2007 a blast on board the nuclear-powered HMS Tireless killed two seamen and injured one other. The incident happened during a joint exercise with the US Navy and led to London suspending such missions.
Now Britain’s seven attack submarines are to come back to the frigid northern waters, the Sunday Times reports.
The Royal Navy has sent two officers, Lieutenant Commander Jimmy Moreland and Lieutenant Sam Harris, to sail with the USS Hampton, a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine of the US Navy, the newspaper said. They traveled through the Bering Strait to Camp Sargo, a US command centre floating on an ice sheet 170 miles (273km) north of Prudhoe Bay in Alaska.
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