On 13 September, the Russian spy ship, the Yantar, built to carry out secret underground deployment, was spotted on the English Channel. But this is not the first time that Russia has indulged or colluded in something like this.
Yantar can be seen on the online Marine Traffic service in the Devon and France seas and is currently looking northeast. The Yantar is an expert exploration carrying two empty underground objects that can land on a sea bed, take pictures, and collect things. Rossiya, a state-run T.V. network in Russia, says the ship can cut Internet cables and underwater jam sensors.
Dr. Kristian Gustafson, Deputy Director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, told MailOnline: "U.K. Defence Intelligence will closely monitor this. The Joint Intelligence Collection Group at RAF Wyton will have various sensors to identify on this ship. It could be the U.K. or other NATO submarines following the ship as well. The threat is shallow. The Russian people know about the all-seeing eye to this. Also, the appearance of cutting the communication cable can be very moving. If they stop long enough to try to touch the communication cable, which we will see, we too will find and resist exploiting that tap. The problem is not 'what the ship is doing at the station' but more 'where are you going and what you will do there.' It will be highly regarded in its journey."
An MoD spokesman said: "Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Mersey monitors the presence of a Russian ship via the English Channel. This is a common way to respond to passing warships from other nations."
Yantar was recently spotted near Irish coastal cables, and its earlier movements had raised eyebrows.
On October 18, 2016, a Syrian telecommunications company ordered emergency repairs to repair a Mediterranean cable facilitating internet connectivity to several countries, including Libya, Syria, and Lebanon. Yantar arrived at the site the day before the start of the four-day maintenance. Leave it for two days before the end of care. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
In another episode on November 5, 2016, a submarine cable connecting the Persian Gulf states suffered a setback in Iran. Hours later, Yantar left Oman and headed for the 40-mile [60 km] west of the Iranian port city of Bushehr, where a cable car ran along the shore. The connection was restored a few hours before Yantar arrived on November 9. The boat remained standing above the site for several days. Undersea ropes have been the victims of war acts in the past.
At World War I, Britain cut off several German submarine cables and affected recaptured intelligence. Amidst the Cold War, the U.S. Navy sent American divers deep into the Okhotsk Sea off the coast of Russia to install a tool for recording Soviet communications, hoping to learn more about nuclear power developed by the USSR.
According to the documents that Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, released, the British and American intelligence services have abandoned fiber optic cables recently.
In 2007, Vietnamese authorities seized ships carrying fiber optic cable for miles at sea for profit. The heist disrupted operations for several months. And in 2013, Egyptian authorities arrested three scuba divers in Alexandria to cut a cable from France to Singapore. There are still questions about the cable attack that accounts for about one-third of all Internet networks between Egypt and Europe in the next five years.
Although few incidents of vandalism are known in public, most exits are caused by accidents. Two hundred or more flood-related floods occur each year. Much happens when the anchors of a ship cross the ropes, or the commercial fishing lines catch the line. Some have been victims of tsunamis, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.