On Sunday the Royal Navy’s HMS Kent frigate ship intercepted a Russian Kilo-class submarine, after it surfaced in the North Sea off the eastern coast of England.
Russia’s Stary Oskol, capable of carrying torpedoes and cruise missiles, was on its way toward the English Channel.
- Royal Navy
After the incident, which is the latest of many involving Russian military vehicles encroaching in NATO territory, Russian state-run media claimed that the friendly submarine was being towed by a tugboat, even waving at passing merchant ships.
However, the photo released by the Royal Navy doesn’t show a tugboat.
“Not only have Russia’s actions and capabilities increased in alarming and confrontational ways, its national-security policy is aimed at challenging the United States and its NATO allies and partners,” Foggo wrote in the June issue of Proceedings, the US Naval Institutes monthly publication.