|Posted by George Freund on August 19, 2018 at 12:35 AM|
A ROYAL Navy chief has issued a stark warning about Russia’s “frightening” submarine activity as the UK’s biggest ever warship takes to the seas.
By Dan O'Donoghue / Published 18th August 2018
The £3billion HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to leave Portsmouth Naval Base for New York with a heavy guard this evening.
The carrier's commanding officer Captain Jerry Kyd warned the guard was necessary to protect against the “eye-watering” wargaming of the Russian navy.
The voyage comes just weeks after RAF fighter jets were forced to scramble incoming Russian bombers.
Cpt Kyd said: “The increase in Russian activity we have seen in the last couple of years is frightening and for national security reasons it just underlines why we need to maintain a balanced, strong and able, capable fleet.
"It's been quite eye-watering what we have seen in the last couple of years."
Commodore Andrew Betton, commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, added: "Russian submarines are more active in the North Atlantic than they have been since the Cold War and we take that very seriously, the ship will be well protected as she makes her transit across the Atlantic.
"We will seek to operate professionally and within the standard laws of the high seas operating in international waters going about our business.
"We are not seeking confrontation, we are heading to the east coast of the United States to conduct trials."
On leaving Portsmouth Naval Base, HMS Queen Elizabeth will carry out tests in UK waters before heading across the Atlantic to the US.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, speaking ahead of the voyage, said: "HMS Queen Elizabeth is a true statement of our national power and the whole country can be proud to see this magnificent symbol of our engineering prowess and international ambition leaving port to sail on to the world stage.
"Her voyage to America not only shows her global reach but strengthens our special relationship with the US forces who we have worked hand-in-hand with on this iconic programme.
"As she sails along the east coast of the USA, she will signal our determination to keep fighting alongside our allies in all corners of an ever more complex and uncertain world."
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