Relations between the British government and Russia are tense as nine Soviet warships have been circling around the UK the past 20 days.
At least one Russian submarine, a destroyer, a corvette, patrol ship and supporting tugs with supply ships have been travelling in the English Channel and off the West coast of Scotland.
The Royal Navy said that British warships “have monitored nine Russian Navy vessels in the waters close to the UK in a concerted operation over the last 20 days.”
First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin said, “This is why the Royal Navy is at sea every day, protecting the UK and our interests.
“Even with the pressures of Covid, we remain at short notice to respond to threats both in home waters and around the world.
“Despite the increase in Russian activity, both on the surface and underwater, we are always ready to respond.”
Keeping watch… 👀#RoyalNavy warships have monitored nine Russian Navy vessels in the waters close to the UK in a concerted operation over the last 20 days.
— Royal Navy (@RoyalNavy) December 5, 2020
The Royal Navy have been shadowing the Russian fleet and have been gathering intelligence using a Wildcat helicopter from the HMS Lancaster, along with HMS Tyne, Richmond, Kent, Severn along with a Type 23 firigate, HMS Northumberland.
Commander Philip Harper, Severn’s commanding officer said, “In very challenging conditions with rough weather, Severn and several other British and allied ships have spent 20 days ensuring that Russian transiting warships remain under our watchful eyes.”
The Royal Navy’s task group were joined by RAF Typhoon and F-35s jets, plus tankers RFA Tideforce and RFA Tiderace.