Royal Navy Frigate HMS St Albans was scrambled to intercept Russia’s Neustrashimyy-class battleship, which specialises in anti-submarine warfare
A British warship has been sent out to escort a Russian destroyer on “Syria duty” out of the English Channel amid high tension with Moscow.
Royal Navy Frigate HMS St Albans was scrambled to intercept Russia’s Neustrashimyy-class battleship, which specialises in anti-submarine warfare.
St Albans is thought to have shadowed the 4,400 ton Russian craft – which is bristling with anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles and sonar detection equipment – overnight.
The Portsmouth-based British Type 23 frigate and her crew is also loaded with anti-ship and anti-sub torpedos and guns, ready for warfare.
It is not clear whether the Russian craft was on the way to or from Syria’s coastline.
Commander John Cromie, commanding officer of HMS St Albans, said: “As the Royal Navy’s high readiness unit in UK waters we are the first responders.”
“Our activation today in response to the passage of a Russian warship close to the UK resulted in a cordial interaction between professional sailors based on the recognised conventions at sea.
Russian warships have for the past several years frequently passed through the English channel on the way to or back from coastal patrols off Syria.
But growing tensions between Britain and the Kremlin have led to more tense escorts of the Russian Navy vessels.
Russian bombers and spy planes have also been warned away from UK airspace in recent years as they probe the UK defences and reaction times.
But each time they have been warned away from UK airspace after the RAF scrambled Typhoon fighter jets on emergency duties.
It is also believed that the Russian Navy has made underwater incursions close to the British shore in submarines, to test UK sea defences.
British Tornado bombers which are currently based in Cyprus recently took part in a 100-strong missile strike on Syrian President Assad’s chemical weapons installations.
The US-led attack, which was supported by Britain and France, was viewed as an act of aggression against Russia, which is a close ally of Assad and his regime.
Russia has repeatedly vetoed attempts at the UN security council to impose measures against Syria, following regime atrocities against civilians.
In January HMS Westminster was rushed from Portsmouth by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) – tasked with keeping an eye on Vladimir Putin ‘s fighting force as they passed close to UK territorial waters.
https://get.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mirror.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fuk-news%2Fbritish-warship-sent-escort-russian-12399312%3Futm_source%3Dmirror_newsletter%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_content%3DEM_Mirror_Nletter_DailyNews_News_mediumteaser_Image_Story%26utm_campaign%3Ddaily_newsletter&cre=bottom&cip=32The Russian fleet making its way through the Channel is understood to be made up of two warships and two supporting vessels.
The British vessel – which returned to the sea last year after a refit including a new weapon system – will remain with the two Steregushchiy-class frigates Soobrazitelny and Boiky and support vessels Paradoks