The Royal Navy have scrambled warships on Thursday to intercept Russian ships in the English Channel to ensure the “nation’s security.”
The Russian task group sailed up the English Channel to the North Sea and were shadowed by the Royal Navy.
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard Skelton said, “We have quickly transitioned from Maritime Security Operations to internal navigation training and then to shadowing Russian warships – all of which is designed to ensure our nation’s security.
“This pace and level of activity is common for Tyne; during our last patrol the ship intercepted Russian warships soon after completing an exercise with our Irish counterparts.”
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Two weeks ago, the Russian warships and a submarine hunter destroyer were seen sailing through the Dover Strait.
The Royal Navy said in a statement said, “Patrol ships HMS Tyne and Severn were on hand to constantly observe the same warship, plus corvette Vasily Bykov and two support vessels as they headed in the opposite direction.
“The Portsmouth-based ships intercepted the Russian ships on the edge of UK’s area of responsibility and remained in company with the quartet through the English Channel, through the busy Dover Straits and into the North Sea, handing over to the Belgian Navy when the force entered their area.
“The submarine-hunting Kulakov is based with the Russian Northern Fleet on the Kola Peninsula, while the Bykov had sailed all the way from the home of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, Crimea.”