Drones spotted near gas field in North Sea as Royal Navy sends patrol

Putin claims Nord stream pipeline was 'attacked'

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The Danish police were reportedly alerted to drone activity near a gas field in the North Sea this weekend, a spokesperson has said. It comes after the Ministry of Defence said it sent a Royal Navy frigate to patrol these waters following suspected sabotage on the Nord Stream gas pipelines last week in order to fend off another attack. The drones were reportedly spotted in the Roar field, which lies right next to Denmark’s biggest gas called, both operated by France’s TotalEnergies. 


TotalEnergies claims it also witnessed “unauthorized drone activity” near one of its other offshore oil and gas networks in the Halfdan B field in the North Sea.

Denmark had already put on red alert and raised its emergency preparedness level for its energy sector following the attack on Russia’s pipelines, which occurred in its waters. Some experts have speculated that the systems may have been targeted by underwater drones in a premeditated act of sabotage. 

A British Defence told Sky News last week that the damage was underwater explosive devices can be detonated remotely, sparking concerns that other energy infrastructure could be targeted.

Meanwhile, in Norway, unidentified drones were also spotted near offshore installations off the coast, according to the Norwegian energy-security agency. Norway’s Petroleumstilsynet said in a letter on Friday, September 23: “Operator companies on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) have recently given warnings/notifications of a number of observations concerning unidentified drones/aircraft close to offshore installations.”


Now, a frigate, which is most likely to be the Type 23 HMS Somerset, is in the North Sea area and working with the Norweigan army to defend the area. 

The Ministry of Defence said on Twitter: “A Royal Navy frigate is in the North Sea, working with the Norwegian Navy to reassure those working near the gas pipelines.”

The Government is also now set to acquire “two specialist ships”  to patrol and protect the critical undersea cables. 

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The first multi-role survey ship for seabed warfare will be purchased by the end of this year, fitted out here in the UK and then operational before the end of next year.”

This is a breaking story. More to follow. 

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