The Royal Navy has three warships shadowing a Russian Navy task force near to the UK’s waters as the three ships are heading back to Russia from the eastern Mediterranean after supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Royal Navy has sent Type 23 frigates HMS Westminster, HMS Lancaster and HMS Richmond who are tracking the “Russian cruiser, Marshal Ustinov – the sister ship of the ill-fated Moskva which sunk in the Black Sea – and destroyer, Vice-Admiral Kulakov, plus their tanker, in waters close to the UK.”
Also HMS Mersey are tracking a Russian military research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe which is currently sailing through Dover’s shipping lanes heading into the Channel.
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A Royal Navy spokesman said, “The frigates and their helicopters used an array of cutting-edge sensors and modern naval technology to keep close watch in the Celtic Sea and through the English Channel.”
HMS Westminster’s commanding officer (CO) Commander Ed Moss-Ward said: “Maritime security in the sea areas around the UK is crucial to our prosperity and resilience.
The #RoyalNavy's @HMSLANCASTER, @HMS_Westminster & @HMS_Richmond tracked Russian cruiser, Marshal Ustinov – the sister ship of the ill-fated Moskva which sunk in the Black Sea – and destroyer, Vice-Admiral Kulakov, plus their tanker, in waters close to the UK.
— Royal Navy (@RoyalNavy) September 6, 2022
“The Royal Navy routinely responds to escort warships in UK territorial waters and the adjacent sea areas to ensure compliance with maritime law, to deter malign activity and to protect our national interests.
“Escorting the Russian task group has demonstrated that the Royal Navy is committed to maintaining maritime security and to co-operating with our NATO allies.”
Commander Tom Johnson, CO of HMS Lancaster, said: “Working together allows NATO allies to respond to security challenges at pace and collectively deter potential aggressors.
“Exchange of personnel further deepens NATO cohesion and interoperability so that the alliance can swiftly and efficiently react to any threat.”
Lancaster’s team work exceptionally hard to ensure we are always ready to respond to any threat at a moment’s notice.”