Reportedly, a sensitive defense document containing details about the HMS Defender and the military was found by the general public at the bus stop.
The Pentagon (MoD) said employees concerned about the loss of documents reported it last week, and the ministry has begun an investigation.
Members of the general public wishing to remain anonymous contacted the BBC early Tuesday morning when they found 50 pages of confidential information in a sticky mountain behind a bus stop in Kent.
According to the BBC, it includes a series of documents discussing Russia’s potential reaction to the HMS defender’s trip to the Ukrainian waters off the Crimea coast on Wednesday, another document suggesting the presence of British troops in Afghanistan The plan for was shown.
A Pentagon spokesperson said:
“This department attaches great importance to information security, and an investigation has begun.
“The employee involved reported the loss at that time.
“It would be inappropriate to comment any further.”
Shadow Secretary of Defense John Healy described the case as “as embarrassing as the minister is worried.”
“Internal investigations initiated by the Secretary of State are important to immediately establish how highly classified documents were first retrieved from the Department of Defense and then left behind,” he said. I did.
“Ultimately, the Minister has not compromised national security, has not affected military or security operations, and has appropriate procedures in place to prevent this from happening again. You must be able to confirm that to the public. “
HMS Defender is part of a British carrier strike group currently heading to the Indo-Pacific region.
However, earlier this month it was announced that he would temporarily leave the group to carry out a “unique set of missions” in the Black Sea.
The Type 45 destroyer collided with Russian troops on Wednesday when Russia moved from Ukraine to the south of the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed from Ukraine, in a movement not recognized by international forces.
Moscow responded by having several aircraft that shadow the ship at various heights. The minimum is about 500 feet, and Defense Minister Ben Wallace said he was “neither safe nor expert.”
Russia also claimed that the destroyers had been fired by warnings, but this claim was dismissed by the British government, which only stated that regular “gunning exercises” had taken place.
Moscow has threatened to retaliate in the event of repeated incidents, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the warship’s journey as an internationally recognized transport route from Ukraine’s Odessa to Georgia was “perfectly correct.” Insisted.
MoD said HMS Defender “innocent passage through Ukrainian waters in accordance with international law” and that “all potential factors” are taken into account when making “operational decisions”.