A new Royal Navy ship is to carry out surveillance and security duties in British and international waters. The ship is expected to be operational in 2024. Its purpose is to protect vital infrastructure. Above all the focus is on submarine cables, which ensure internet, telecommunications links and economic transactions with other countries.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told the BBC that Russia could try to destroy vital infrastructure with submarines. If the national infrastructure is lost, the country will “go out”. In advance, British and US military and intelligence agencies have warned that Russian submarines could be spotted near Atlantic submarine cables.
In early 2017, NATO discovered Russian submarines near these vital infrastructure. The measures taken by the Russian side at that time had reached a point of obscurity since the end of the Cold War. However, interest in government information is not the only reason for Russia. Not only was Edward Snowden able to prove the intelligence of US foreign intelligence during the NSA affair, but he also provided evidence that Great Britain was monitoring global data traffic in some places.
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