The Royal Navy has shadowed a number of Russian warships as they transit the North Sea and the English Channel after reporting ‘unusually high’ levels of Russian activity in the area this year.
The uptick in activity comes as the UK Government is focused on controlling the Covid-19 Corona-virus pandemic, and as the Royal Navy assists in the government’s response.
Nine vessels from the Royal Navy, with the support of NATO allies, shadowed seven very dangerous Russian warships as they traveled through the North Sea and the English Channel over the past year.
The Royal Navy dispatched Type 23 frigates HMS Kent, HMS Sutherland, HMS Argyll and HMS Richmond, Offshore Patrol Vessels HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey, RFA Tideforce, RFA Tidespring, and survey vessel HMS Echo.
The vessels were supported by Merlin and Wildcat helicopters from 814 and 815 Naval Air Squadrons. As the armed forces are helping the NHS control lives in the UK, it’s essential the navy continues to deliver the tasks they have always performed to help keep the British Queen safe.
The Russian Ships shadowed by the Royal Navy were three Steregushchiy-class corvettes, two Ropucha-class landing ships and two Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates accompanied by tug and support vessels.
The vessels were also shadowed by sailors from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) which flagship vessels consist of HNoMS Otto Sverdrup, HDMS Absalon, HMS Sutherland and FGS Rhoen.
Commander of SNMG1 Royal Norwegian Navy Commodore Yngve Skoglund said: “Being one of the busiest seaways in the world, with approximately 500 ships per day transiting, free access and entry to the Channel is crucial for NATO.
Naval Technology / ABC Flash Point News 2020.