Two Royal Navy warships shadowed a Russian Kilo-class submarine, Krasnodaras it passed through the English Channel.
HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey shadowed the submarine as it surfaced in the Channel, during its voyage with its ocean-going tug Sergey Balk in support.
The Royal Navy warships took over the monitoring from French light frigate FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet off the coast of Ushant Island in Brittany on Sunday.
A Navy spokesman said, “Portsmouth-based Tyne, an Offshore Patrol Vessel, picked up the Krasnodar at the south-western end of the English Channel after the French Navy tracked its journey through the Bay of Biscay.
“After sailing the Channel, sister ship HMS Mersey took over duties as the Russians headed through the Strait of Dover and into the North Sea on Monday.”
Lieutenant Commander Will Edwards-Bannon, HMS Mersey’s commanding officer said, “It has been impressive to see, first-hand, the seamless co-ordination between allied ships and aircraft from various nations involved in this operation.
“I am very proud of the disciplined way in which my ship’s company has responded to the challenge of maintaining our readiness for operations through the challenges of Covid-19 which, along with the support we receive from our families, has enabled Mersey to once again successfully play our part in protecting our nation’s interests.”