The ‘Hot’ Waters of Syria: a Russian Frigate Chased a US Nuclear Submarine

The command of the Russian Black Sea Fleet unveiled the details of the meeting between a Russian frigate and an American submarine in April, in the tense waters of Syria. According to the entity, the Russian vessel detected and followed the movements of the US ship for several hours.

In particular, it is the modern Russian frigate, Almirante Essen. The ship remained in the Mediterranean between March and the end of June 2018 and was present in the coastal zone of Syria during the massive attack of the Franco-British-American coalition against the Arab country.

In April, when Admiral Essen was on patrol, she spotted an Ohio-class US nuclear submarine and monitored their movements for more than two hours, they told the Russian newspaper Izvestia from the Black Sea Fleet Command.

During the meeting, the Russian ship compiled the main data on the acoustic profile of the ship that will now be used to facilitate the detection of ships of this class in the future, details the media.

At that time, the US sent to the Mediterranean Sea its naval air group consisting of the USS aircraft carrier Harry Truman and four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

According to the media in the United States and the United Kingdom, the group was also made up of two submarines: the John Warner of the Virginia class and Georgia of the Ohio class. The latter would have been the one that Admiral Essen could detect and pursue.

French warships and British submarines also participated in the attack on Syria, not without technical failures during the operation.

What is the use of playing cat and mouse?

While encounters of this kind are not totally impossible in times of peace, it is considered an important achievement to detect a foreign submarine in neutral waters and be able to analyze its acoustic profile.

In an area so ‘populated’ by sophisticated vessels as the Syrian coasts, the probability of detecting a foreign vessel is higher.

These meetings are highly valued by the captains since they represent the closest approximation to a match in real combat conditions.

Upon realizing the presence of a foreign submarine, the crew uses the acoustic equipment to detect and follow the movements of the ‘enemy’. It is very likely that the submarine also knows that it is being watched and begins to maneuver to get away from the monitoring.

A modern ship requires a few minutes to deploy and aim its antisubmarine weapons, be they torpedoes or cruise missiles.

The Hot Waters of Syria a Russian Frigate Chased a US Nuclear Submarine

So maintaining acoustic contact for a few hours is an excellent result, said Captain Vladimir Ambartsumian, former commander of a unit of Russian anti-submarine ships.

 

Source: Mundo Sputnik News