Ahead of the American led missile strikes against suspected chemical weapon manufacturing plants in Syria in early April, the British nuclear hunter killer submarine HMS Astute was stalked by a Russian counterpart in the waters off the country.
The cat and mouse style chase was reminiscent of Cold War activities and saw Russian so called ‘Black Hole’ submarines come within striking distance of the British submarine. The Russian boats are called ‘Black Hole’ because of their impressive stealth characteristics.
Two Russian frigates and anti submarine aircraft also took part in the activities directed towards HMS Astute, which continued in her mission, but did not fire any missiles into Syria during the first wave of missile strikes designed to rob the Syrian Governments ability to develop and deliver biological and chemical weapons against its own people during the bloody civil war in the country.
On 5 April, Prince Andrew officially opened the Royal Navy’s newest facility in the Middle East. The United Kingdom Naval Support Facility, at Mina Salman in Bahrain, will provide much needed shore base facilities to ships and personnel operating in the Middle East region.
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At 105 metres, she is significantly larger than most of the rest of the fleet and offers improved facilities. She was handed over on 22 March at a ceremony held in Goa, India.
The vessel was launched at the shipyard of ST Marine at Benoi in the country.
Featuring the innovative SeaAxe hull form, the vessel named Jugurtha left the Romanian shipyard at Galati and arrived at her home base of Bizerte in Tunisia on 9 March. Construction of a sister ship, Spyhax continues in Romania.