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Royal Navy submarine hunted in 'cat and mouse' style chase by deadly Russian warship

Mirror logo Mirror 16/4/2018 Anna Slater

a large ship in a body of water: Credits: Reuters © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Reuters Deadly Russian warships hunted a Royal Navy submarine in a 'cat and mouse' style chase days before Saturday's bombing raid.

Russian killer-hunter submarines, nicknamed 'Black Hole' because of their stealth, tracked the British crew over several days as it moved within firing distance of Syria.

The UK vessel, the HMS Astute, was carrying Tomahawk missiles with a range of 1,000 miles and was stalked on the eastern Mediterranean.

'Black Holes' operate so quickly because they are powered by diesel generators and their powerful arsenal includes torpedoes, cruise and anti-ship missiles.

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The HMS Astute is the biggest and most powerful attack submarine to have been built for the Royal Navy.

Two Russian frigates and an anti-submarine aircraft were also involved in the effort, the Sunday Times reported.

More than 100 missiles were fired from ships as the allies targeted three of the Assad regime's chemical weapons facilities - but the British sub did not take part in the strike.

U.S., British and French forces launched air strikes on Syria in response to a suspected poison gas attack that killed dozens of people.

US president Donald Trump announced the "combined operation" on Friday night, as Prime Minister Theresa May said there was "no practicable alternative to the use of force".

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In a press conference on Saturday morning, the PM said she is "confident" of the success of the strikes, which were "right and legal" to "prevent further humanitarian crisis".

Both leaders denounced the "cruel and abhorrent" attack by the Syrian regime on the town of Douma last Saturday.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned the West against air strikes, saying they risk causing further instability in the region and upsetting international peace and security.

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