Type 23 Frigate HMS Kent has been sent to watch the Stary Oskol, a Russian submarine of the Kilo class which left her home port of Severmorsk, Murmansk and reached our coast on Sunday.
The Kilo class is the NATO reporting name for a naval diesel-electric submarine that is made in Russia. The original version of the vessels were designated Project 877 Paltus in the Soviet Union.
These attack submarines are mainly intended for anti-shipping and anti-submarine operations in relatively shallow waters.
HMS Kent’s commanding officer, Cdr Daniel Thomas, said:
“Locating this submarine was a combined effort with Nato allies and shadowing such units is routine activity for the Royal Navy.
We continue to escort the submarine as it conducts its passage, providing a visible presence.”
The Type 23 frigate were originally designed for anti-submarine warfare however have proven their versatility in warfighting, peace-keeping and maritime security operations around the globe. Thirteen Type 23 frigates remain in service with the Royal Navy, with three vessels having been sold to Chile and handed over to the Chilean Navy.
Sailors aboard HMS Kent have reportedly been tracking the sub over the last few days and it is believed she is currently off Dover.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told The Sun newspaper:
“This shows that the Navy is maintaining a vigilant watch in international and territorial waters to keep Britain safe and protect us from potential threats.”