These submarine hunters will play a vital role in keeping the UK safe from the increasing threats and aggression we face in the skies, on the sea and below the waves

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson

In addition, Poseidon will support search-and-rescue missions around the UK and generally gather intelligence.

Flying four-hour missions at a time from its Scottish home, the jets will operate as far north as the Barents Sea, or out into the Atlantic as far as southern tips of Greenland and Portugal.

Each will be crewed by eight personnel – some of them Royal Navy tacticians – who’ll have up to 129 sonobuoys available to drop on each sortie to listen for hostile hunter-killers.

The RAF is forming two squadrons (120 and 201) to operate the Poseidons, supported by around 400 air and ground crew.

“These submarine hunters will play a vital role in keeping the UK safe from the increasing threats and aggression we face in the skies, on the sea and below the waves,” Mr Williamson said as he revealed that Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic had increased tenfold over the past few years.

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