Shocking moment crew screams as Royal Navy warship hits Russian submarine

A Royal Navy warship collided with a Russian submarine during a patrol in the North Atlantic, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

The incident, in later 2020, was caught on camera by the Channel 5 crew while they were on board HMS Northumberland for a three-part documentary Warship: Life at Sea, which airs on Monday, 9pm.

HMS Northumberland had been tracking the Russian "hunter-killer" nuclear submarine when it hit the ship's sonar equipment, which was being towed hundreds of metres behind the frigate.

In the documentary, Commander Thom Hobbs wants to close in the range distance on the submarine so that the Russians would know that they've been found.

"We are very close to the submarine, we are probably parallel," he said. "If they were on the surface we would definitely see faces."

Upon hearing the impact, a crew is heard shouting: "What the f***have I just hit?

Another said: "What happened? What the hell was that?"

The Ministry of Defence said the collision was at the towed array sonar – a long tube fitted with sensitive hydrophones to listen under the water, reported the BBC.

A spokesman for the MoD said: "In late 2020, a Russian submarine being tracked by HMS Northumberland came into contact with her towed array sonar.

"The Royal navy regularly tracks foreign ships and submarines in order to ensure the defence of the United Kingdom."

It was not clear if the Russian vessel had been damaged but HMS Northumberland had to return to port in Scotland to replace the damaged equipment.

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The Royal Navy said that it shadowed nine Russian warships around the UK in just two weeks in December 2020.

The first episode of the Channel 5 documentary showed the crew taking the routine drug test while on board.

Two members were tested positive for cocaine and they were taken off the frigate immediately and kicked out of Royal Navy.

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