You can hear a crew member say, “What the hell did I just hit?” after the collision of HMS Northumberland with a Russian hunter-killer submarine in the North Atlantic
The dramatic moment when a Royal Navy warship collided with a Russian submarine was filmed.
The Moscow fighter-killer, capable of carrying nuclear-armed torpedoes, was moving in a sonar line in the North Atlantic that was being towed by HMS Northumberland.
At the moment of impact – possibly the first of its kind since the Cold War – a crew member can be heard saying, “What the hell did I just hit?”
The footage was shot by a film crew for Channel 5’s Warship: Life at Sea TV show.
Commander Thom Hobbs says in the introduction: “We are very close to the submarine, we are probably parallel.
“If they were on the surface we would definitely see faces.”
After the incident, the British crew were forced to abandon the mission and return to the base for repairs.
Tensions between London and Moscow escalated after the investigation into the Russian poison attack in Novichok in Salisbury.
The British Type 23 frigate had been sent in search of the Russian submarine about 200 miles north of Scotland.
It left off its hauled array sonar – a cable covered with hydrophones – to listen for noises coming from the submarine.
But the crew broke off their mission and returned to port for repairs after the drainpipe-thick cable was “pulled over the hull of the submarine”.
“It was badly chewed and unusable,” said a source The sun.
Former frigate captain, Commander Tom Sharpe, said, “The question is, was it on purpose or was it an accident?”
He wondered if it could have been a bad passport.
A Defense Department spokesman said: “In late 2020, a Russian submarine tracked by HMS Northumberland came into contact with its tow sonar.”
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Both ships are said to have been damaged in the collision.
This comes when Liz Truss warned that ahead of an “absolutely critical” week for Europe’s peace and security, Russia had “no justification” for its aggression against Ukraine.
The foreign minister, who plans to visit Kiev later this month, told MPs that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “homemade” the “false story” of a security threat in the region to which the Kremlin is responding.
She insisted that any Russian military incursion into Ukraine was a “massive strategic mistake” and would generate “high costs”, including the prospect of “coordinated sanctions” to hit the country’s interests and economy.
Europe must also reduce its dependence on Russian gas, said the foreign minister.