A surveillance ship will built for the Royal Navy in order to help deal with the threat of Russian submarines interfering with “critical undersea cables”.
It has been reported that the new surveillance ship will come equipped with underwater drones and mini-subs to help it seek out any threats.
Talking on The Andrew Marr Show Defence Secretary @BWallaceMP sets out how the UK Armed Forces are modernising to meet the current threats, including the @RoyalNavy developing a surveillance ship to protect undersea infrastructure #IntegratedReview pic.twitter.com/8oRb52ERvo
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) March 21, 2021
The vessel should be available in 2024.
According to reports, the vessels will help protect critical national infrastructure such as undersea cables which carry trillions of dollars of financial transfers each day and transmit 97% of the world’s global communications.
Context and considerations: New RN vessel to protect undersea cables: https://t.co/yO3frx2uJK
Note: 1SL talked of “Two Ocean Surveillance Ships” in his Christmas video address to the fleet. pic.twitter.com/cEQQxLoDUr
— Navy Lookout (@NavyLookout) March 21, 2021