truly aggressive warfare in its purest form."
- JHQ NORTH
A NATO Joint Headquarters spokesman
confirmed earlier in the war that Russian forces has sunk at least 16
commercial vessels flagged from various countries. He went on to claim
that none of the destroyed ships were carrying "anything even
slightly resembling military cargo" and no distinction had been
made between west and east bound ships.
Reminiscent of the Second World War hunt
for the Bismark which threatened Britain's life line to North America,
NATO is determined to hunt down and destroy all Russian surface and
submarine forces operating in the Atlantic. Clearing the sea lanes is
necessary not only for merchant shipping that the UK depends on, but
also for the military troops and hardware NATO will require from the
ship split by Russian submarine attack
NATO has also attacked and sunk several Russian supply
ships believed destined to fuel and re-supply the Russian surface groups
operating in the Atlantic. They also reported sinking three other ships
that appeared to be only merchant ships but that NATO claims were
actually heavily armed with Anti-Aircraft missiles. It was
speculated the vessels were intended to shoot down NATO aircraft transiting from the UK to Iceland, Norway, or other northern destinations. Using neutral-flagged ships as combat units is a violation of the rules of war,
according to the spokesman.
However NATO efforts were not entirely
successful. It is suspected that a Norwegian refrigerated container ship
was sunk by an airstrike launched by the American carrier USS
The 1223 ton Weisa was carrying a full
load of canned tuna when it was attacked, and public outrage in Norway
has already resulted in a hastily arranged board of inquiry to
investigate the incident.