The NATO has reportedly lost track of a Russian missile-armed attack submarine that was operating in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The disappearance of the submarine, identified as Rostov-on-Don, lead to a state of panic in the NATO. Citing an Israeli source, RT said that the US Navy was worried because diesel-electric submarines of the Project 636 Varshavyanka-class, like Rostov-on-Don, are capable of carrying out intelligence operations.
The US Navy quickly launched an extensive operation to locate and track the missing Russian submarine in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Several Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft of the US Navy took turns searching for the lost submarine, which is reportedly armed with cruise missiles, off the coast of Lebanon. The search was noticed by aviation observers.
Disappearance of a 🇷🇺 Russian KILO submarine carries 4 cruise missiles with a warhead weight up to 500 kg off the coast of south Lebanon 🇱🇧 towards Israel shores 🇮🇱 from the 🇺🇸 surveillance platform, P-8A Poseidon. Searches are currently underway by the US and Israeli warships. pic.twitter.com/3eaC0kPuig
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On March 19, an informed source confirmed to RIA Novosti that Rostov-on-Don is in touch with its command and still transmitting information.
“NATO anti-submarine forces have been attempting for a week now to find the Rostov-on-Don submarine in the Mediterranean,” the source said. “Attempts to find it have failed. At the same time, the Russian command has not lost contact with Rostov-on-Don.”
The source admitted that the NATO has strong capabilities in the Mediterranean. Yet, he noted that the capabilities of the Russian submarine has exceeded expectations.
The Rostov-on-Don is one of six Varshavyanka-class submarines currently in service with the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet. These small, quiet submarines are regularly deployed in Tartus Naval Base on the Syrian coast.
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