Russian spy ship fitted with mini submarines enters English Channel

The Yantar is thought to be used for Russian reconnaissance missions (Picture: Bosphorus Observer)

A Russian ship capable of launching miniature submarines appears to have entered British waters.

The Yantar vessel was seen in the Channel on Monday morning, with tracking systems showing it travelling along the south coast.

The Marine Traffic website listed the ship as a ‘research/survey vessel’, though reports suggest it is also used for Russian reconnaissance missions.

The vessel carries several unmanned deep sea submarines which can take underwater pictures and collect items from the seabed, according to Mail Online.

The website reported claims from Russia that the ship can also cut Internet cables and jam underwater sensors.

It is unclear if the ship has permission to be in British waters.

The Mirror reported that the ship was detected because it turned on its automated Information System.

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The case follows a series of incidents in which RAF jets have been scrambled to intercept Russian planes in UK airspace.

Military aircraft were used to intercept Russian planes in June 2019, September 2020, November 2020.

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