The commander of Britain’s latest flagship Royal Navy aircraft carrier Prince of Wales has spoken out at the security challenges posed by an increasingly hostile Russia. It comes as ITV’s Good Morning Britain reported that senior Royal Navy officials are concerned that Russian submarine could covertly cut key data cables to the United Kingdon in an “act of war.”
ITV Chief Correspondent Richard Gaisford said: [HMS Prince of Wales] has just been made the flagship of NATO’s maritime rapid response force, the crew onboard are going to be busy.
“In the next year they will spend 200 days at sea ostensibly for training but the captain telling them it’s uncertain times in an uncertain world and they need to be ready for anything.
“At a ceremony onboard yesterday he told me that he’s never known the North Atlantic to be this febrile.
“His boss is warning that Russian submarines could start cutting data cables that cut the internet to the country and cripple it which would be an act of war.”
“All of this because Vladimir Putin is not happy that Ukraine could become a NATO member, he doesn’t want Western forces messing on his border and because of that, put his own troops there,” he added.
The Commander of HMS Prince of Wales, Captain Steve Higham told GMB: “I think it’s self-evident, that the fact that Russia is in the news today, the fact that our hopes and prayers are with the teams working on the diplomatic front, to try and deescalate and provide some sort of solution to the challenges being posed in the east of Europe.
“All our friends and families know that we are yes, absolutely on the frontline.
“But we are. We’re confident in our kit and I’m incredibly confident in the amazing women and men who served here on Prince of Wales that will be ready to respond.”
“I mean, I just found out today from one of my sources that the Russians actually have Spetsnaz, which are military intelligence units inserted and operating out of safe houses in the capital of Kiev.
“They’re providing targeting data, they’re providing movements on what is going on with the government, they’re already in-country right now.
“So to say that they’re waiting for an invasion isn’t going to happen, but Putin is also smart.
“He’s playing a game of chess and hopefully we’re not playing the game of checkers,” he added.