The United Kingdom has foiled Vladimir Putin’s plan to sabotage a vital South Atlantic pipeline.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that British specialists have secured a vital pipeline in the South Atlantic following an intelligence tip-off that it is being targeted by Russian saboteurs.
The mile-long floating pipeline is crucial for delivering fuel to RAF, US Space agency, and navy bases on Ascension Island, a remote British Overseas Territory located 1,047 nautical miles from Guinea, Africa to the east, and 2,030 nautical miles from Brazil to the West.
Used as a vital staging post for British troops retaking the Falkland Islands 40 years ago, the 35 square mile island now also hosts a UK-US signals intelligence facility, one of the four ground antennas used for the Global Positioning System (GPS) navigational system, a European Space Agency rocket tracking station and a NASA-operated Autonomous Telescope (MCAT) used for tracking orbital debris which could endanger spacecraft and astronauts.
Concerns were raised last month when British security services gained access to satellite images that indicated that Russia had become markedly interested in the stretch of pipe.
A Whitehall decision was then taken to fly a security team to the small island to guarantee the flow of fuel day and night.
Though sources would not reveal what measures were put in place, they are thought to have focused on the possibility of underwater sabotage by Russian divers or small, remotely operated sea drones launched from a submarine.
The operation took place during scheduled maintenance by marine specialists employed by the MoD’s Defence, Equipment, and Support agency.
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