THIS is the terrifying moment a stealthy Russian submarine rammed a British Royal Navy warship in an unbelievable clash.
One crew member can be heard shouting “what the hell did I hit?” after HMS Northumberland sub-attack “hunter” in the frozen North Atlantic.
The dramatic collision – believed to be an accident – was captured by the Channel 5 crew while filming Warship: Life At Sea, which airs at 9pm on Monday.
This is believed to be the first collision between Russian and Imperial Navy ships since the Cold War.
The incredible clip shows the crew members stationed on the submarine in late 2020 before the disaster struck.
Panicked employees began to act while screams could be heard: “What the hell did I just hit?”
The collision caused significant damage to HMS Northumberland’s sonar equipment after it was towed over the submarine’s hull.
It forced the British team to abort their mission and return to base for repairs.
The Russian submarine was lurking 200 miles north of Scotland when the Navy ship was searching for it.
It was feared that the Russians would try to cut the undersea cables so essential to the Internet and communications in Britain.
Commander Thom Hobbs can be heard saying: “We’re so close to the submarine, we’re probably parallel.
“If they were on the surface, we would definitely see faces.”
The Navy’s Type 23 frigate deployed an array sonar – a cable encased in sonar lenses – in an attempt to detect foreign submarines.
But in a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”, the submarine hit the sonar cables being towed behind the British boat.
A Navy source said:[The sonar device] was chewed up and could not be used.
“The submarine’s crew will take care of it themselves.”
The submarine’s crew will take care of themselves. “
The source, told The Sun, said the sub would also be damaged in the crash.
The British Royal Navy says it obscured nine Russian warships around the UK in just two weeks in December 2020.
Vladimir Putin’s Shadow Submarines, specialized to interfere with important internet cables under the sea, which are secretly transported beneath larger ships.
They then use robotic arms to tamper with or even cut vital cables that help keep the world economy afloat with potentially devastating consequences.
Undersea cables crisscrossing the seabed carry 97% of internet traffic with $10 trillion worth of daily financial transactions depending on them.
Cutting the cord could shut down the Internet, cut Britain off from the rest of the world, cripple financial transactions and damage communications with the military abroad.
But although it is believed the submarine was aware that a Royal Navy warship was nearby, the collision is believed to have been accidental.
Tom Sharpe OBE, former commanding officer of the Royal Navy’s HMS St Albans, said of the incident: “The question is, was it intentional or an accident?
“Ship and submarine detection is not an exact science. It could have been a near-miss pass.”
Sharpe added: “The Russian threat to our undersea communications is real, on our doorstep, and growing.”
A Russian spy ship carrying state-of-the-art stealth submarines discovered on the English Channel last September.
It arrived a month after the same ship seen off the coast of Ireland in what is being seen as an incentive from Putin to frighten the West.
A MOD spokesman said: “In late 2020, a Russian submarine being tracked by HMS Northumberland came into contact with her towed array sonar.
“The Royal Navy regularly monitors foreign ships and submarines to ensure the UK’s defenses.”
Details of the crash emerged as Secretary of State Liz Truss said that the free world must rise to meet threats from Russia.
Meanwhile, Moscow has equipped 100,000 troops with tanks and missiles on the Ukrainian border.
The Russian Embassy in London declined to comment.
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