THE ROYAL Navy is hunting for up to six rogue nuclear armed Russian submarines off the cost of Scotland.
Three NATO coalition search planes, their anti-submarine frigate HMS Sutherland and a Trafalgar class hunter-killer submarine are searching for the vessels amid increased tensions.
NATO has reported Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic has almost reached Cold War levels after Russia doubled the number of submarine patrols.
Whitehall sources have confirmed the operation but they are still trying to ascertain the Russian subs’ intentions as they scour the waters for the vessels.
A source said: “There are believed to be multiple Russian submarines off the coast of Scotland. Various assets have been deployed to identify their location and understand their intentions.”
According to reports the submarines are believed to be nuclear armed Akula-class boats.
There are a total of nine in service each staffed with 70 submariners.
The whereabouts of six of Russia’s submarines are currently unknown while a further three are believed to have travelled to the Mediterranean to perform actions in the Middle East.
Two weeks ago Royal Navy nuclear submarines were tracking two of the submarines in the Irish Sea.
A source said: “The Akula attack submarines are the real strike force, and the Kilo boat can operate in the shallower waters of the Black Sea.”
“They have been kitted with the new Kalibr cruise missile. While the Admiral Kuznetsov will be the main focus of attention, it is submarines that will provide the strike capability.”
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