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The chiefs of the Royal Navy set up a unit to search for Russian spyware near the UK's main nuclear submarine base


Royal Navy chiefs set up an elite unit to search for Russian spyware, including underwater drones, near Britain's main nuclear submarine base

  • The team is said to have been sent to Faslane to track down underwater drones
  • Comes after an unmanned "spy boat" found off the coast of Scotland last month
  • Rise in Russian submarines in waters previously controlled by the Royal Navy and the US Navy

Naval chiefs have set up an elite unit to search for Russian spyware near the UK's main nuclear submarine base.

Members of the team are believed to have been dispatched to Faslane to track down underwater drones or surveillance equipment deployed around the Clyde Estuary – the route taken by the Trident Royal Navy's missile-armed fleet to the open sea.

It comes after an unmanned solar-powered "spy boat" was found off the coast of Scotland last month and is said to have escaped detection.

It comes after an unmanned solar-powered "spy boat" was found off the coast of Scotland last month and is said to have escaped detection

No country has yet come forward to request this.

Defense bosses fear the Russians will be able to identify them anywhere if Moscow successfully tracks and captures the unique "acoustic signature" of one of the Vanguard classes as it plunges into the deep ocean.

Last week, The Mail on Sunday revealed a surge in Russian submarines in waters previously controlled by the Royal Navy and the US Navy.

It is believed that members of the team were sent to Faslane to track down underwater drones or surveillance devices around the Clyde Estuary (pictured is a submarine near Faslane).

It is believed that members of the team were sent to Faslane to track down underwater drones or surveillance devices around the Clyde Estuary (pictured is a submarine near Faslane).

Last night, a defense expert said the formation of a new unit came as no surprise, adding, “Capturing the acoustic signature is quite the price in the cat-and-mouse game of submarine hunting.

"The Russians know that our four Trident boats pose a serious threat. If they know exactly what they sound like, they can be found in a noisy ocean."

The Department of Defense declined to comment on the new entity.

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