A towed sonar array of the Royal Navy’s HMS Northumberland was hit by a Russian submarine 13 months ago, the UK Ministry of Defense has claimed, after British media reported the incident was captured by a documentary film crew.
In late 2020, a Russian submarine being tracked by HMS Northumberland came into contact with her towed array sonar. The collision reportedly damaged the sonar – a large tube filled with sensitive equipment that the ship was towing underwater hundreds of meters behind it.
HMS Northumberland was scouting for the “hunter-killer” submarine in the Arctic Circle, some 200 miles north of Scotland, when it disappeared from the ship’s radar. The British MoD did not provide any details to prove it was indeed a Russian undersea vessel.
A Channel 5 crew was aboard at the time of the incident, filming a documentary series titled ‘Warship: Life at Sea’. The crew supposedly captured the incident on camera, and it was included in the documentary.
The video in question does not show anything resembling a submarine. The footage shows sailors on board HMS Northumberland as they run around and swear, all against the background noise of an alarm signal.
The sonar was badly damaged in the encounter and the ship had to interrupt its mission and return to a Scottish port to have it replaced.
The video, set to dramatic music, also shows the British vessel’s commander deciding to “close in” on the submarine to supposedly let its crew know they had been found.
The reasons for HMS Northumberland’s tracking of any submarine in the remote region were not exactly clear. The MoD limited itself to saying that the Royal Navy regularly tracks foreign ships and submarines in order to ensure the defense of the United Kingdom.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.