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However, they were detected by the escort ships protecting the British carrier battle group using sonar devices.
It is known that experts on the warships HMS Kent and HMS Richmond were easily detected as soon as the Chinese nuclear submarines approached a certain distance to be able to track the British aircraft carrier group.
The aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and the combat group of the same name are on their first deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.
After passing through the South China Sea in early August, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is visiting a port in the US island of Guam, while a number of escort warships have arrived at Japanese naval bases.
Britain said the deployment of the Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group demonstrates the country’s commitment to collective security in the region. At the same time, he said that free trade in international waters such as the East Sea is the key to peace, stability and development in the region and in the world.
Meanwhile, China considers the deployment to be a “show of strength” and “to stir up trouble”. That’s why Beijing sends warships, especially submarines, to secretly monitor the movements of the navies of other countries.
The first two Type 093 nuclear submarines were detected by the sonar system on the two ships HMS Kent and HMS Richmond on August 2 when the British task force moved from the East Sea through the Luzon Strait to the Pacific Ocean.
After the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth crossed the Luzon Strait, the Astute-class nuclear submarine of the battle group continued to detect the third Type-093 of the Chinese navy.
British media reported that the escorting group of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth detected three Chinese submarines thanks to their “characteristic sound from their propellers”.
Soon after, China’s Global Times, published an article quoting anonymous experts, rejecting the information that three Chinese Type-093 nuclear submarines were discovered by the British battleship group without any notice. know well.
“As a necessary defensive measure, it is likely that the Chinese military (PLA) used the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier strike group as a hypothetical target,” an unnamed expert told the Global Times. .
This expert said that the Chinese submarine’s appearance was an act of “deliberately revealing itself” after completing the mission, in order to “send a warning signal to the British aircraft carrier group”.
The British and Chinese navies have not commented on this report. However, international analysts are inclined to say that Chinese nuclear submarines when operating have created a large amount of noise, from which they are easily detected by the enemy.
Currently, Chinese nuclear submarines are still facing major technical problems due to the loud noise they emit when moving. Despite its best efforts, its submarine technology, especially nuclear submarines, is still behind Russia and the West by at least 20-30 years.
Type 093 nuclear-powered attack submarine was researched and built in the late 1980s and early 1990s, built at China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, Bohai Shipbuilding Corporation, Hulo Dao.
According to the original plan, China wanted to build 10 ships but ended up only completing 4 due to poor combat capability assessment, then the Type-094 large nuclear submarine was built to replace it.
Type 093 has a displacement of 7,000 tons when diving, 110m long, 11m wide, a crew of about 100 people. The ship is said to be capable of diving to a depth of 400m, with a cruise reserve of 80 days.
In terms of firepower, Type 093 is equipped with 6 533mm and 650mm torpedo tubes that allow launching all types of torpedoes as well as anti-ship missiles and even ten cruise missiles.
It is believed that the Type 093B variant is equipped with a VLS vertical launch system carrying 24 CJ-10 cruise missiles. Currently, China is developing new generations of nuclear submarines such as Type 094, Type 095 to try to catch up with Russia and the West.