A diesel-powered Kilo-class submarine is also said to be sailing into the Mediterranean. It is the Sunday Times that quotes naval sources saying “The Russians now have submarines in the Med.”
According to the newspaper, the British navy has been tracking the two nuclear powered and one diesel powered submarines. All three entered the North Atlantic from ports around Murmansk.
The Northern fleet has six Akula-class submarines, but not all are ready for mission as they are at shipyards for overhaul and modernization. Seven of Russia’s Kilo-class submarines are based with the Northern fleet on the coast of the Barents Sea. Kilo-class submarines are also sailing for the Baltic fleet.