Swedish submarine mystery: Navy widens search off Stockholm as Russia denies involvement

Swedish authorities have asked all civilian vessels to leave waters south of Stockholm as a major operation continues to try to track down a mystery foreign vessel.

In scenes reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish ships and helicopters scoured the area in a hunt for what some observers think could be a Russian submarine.

Russia denies it has a vessel in the area.

Russia’s official government newspaper said either Sweden’s echo location equipment was faulty or “as the old saying goes, the eyes of fear see danger everywhere”. Continue reading

Swedish military releases photo of mysterious ‘foreign vessel’

Stockholm (AFP) – The Swedish military presented photographic evidence of a mysterious “foreign vessel” off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports of being on the “hunt” for a damaged submarine.

Ever since the armed forces received a tip-off about a “man-made object” off the coast of Stockholm Friday, 200 men, several stealth ships, minesweepers and helicopters have been searching the sea around islands about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the Swedish capital.

“This is not ours, it’s a foreign vessel,” Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told reporters, pointing to a grainy photo taken Sunday morning by a “source” — the third such sighting since Friday.

“He saw something that was on the surface and after he took the picture it disappeared again.” Continue reading

Maritime ‘black hole’: Russia launches new ‘stealth’ submarine

RIA Novosti / Igor Russak

Russia has launched its new state-of-the-art Novorossiysk submarine, which set sail from a St Petersburg shipyard to become the first of six diesel-electric stealth subs delivered to the Russian Black Sea fleet in the next two years.

The Novorossiysk belongs to the Varshavyanka-class (Project 636), which is characterized by advanced stealth technology, making it virtually undetectable when submerged. Continue reading