Defence chiefs have ordered two new top secret spy ships to combat Russian submarines.
The specialist surveillance vessels will operate with new aircraft carriers and scan to ensure that the Kremlin’s – or Beijing’s –subs cannot hide at sea and monitor UK ships.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson let slip about the order when he announced a boost in Royal Navy spending last week.
The multi-million pound ships are needed to counter the growing threat of Russian nuclear submarines which are increasingly being spotted in UK waters.
Described as Multi-Role Research vessels, the new ships will be able to track and trace Moscow’s hi-tech new Belgorod and Yasen class submarines.