UK: Royal Navy escorting 2 Russian warships through Channel

Claudine Rigal
Avril 16, 2017

The Ministry of Defence published two photographs of the ships today and said Royal Navy sailors will be keeping watch on every movement of the ships, using state-of-the-art radars to track the course and speed of the ships as they pass close to the UK.

A group of Russian ships is expected to sail through the English Channel overnight tonight.

The two Steregushchiy-class corvettes were spotted traveling together with a Russian support tanker and ocean-going tug.

It comes amid rising tensions between London and Moscow over Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of fatally gassing his own people.

HMS Sutherland will monitor Steregushchiy-class corvettes Soobrazitelny and Boiky as well as a Russian support tanker and ocean-going tug when they sail close to United Kingdom territorial waters on Saturday.

The type 23 frigate located the two Russian ships in the early hours of Friday morning as they sailed through the North Sea towards the Dover Straits.

Ships in the channel's shipping lanes at the narrowest point are less than 20 kilometers from the British coast.

Commander Andrew Canale, Commanding Officer of HMS Sutherland, said: "As one of the Royal Navy's high-readiness units, HMS Sutherland is required to escort warships that approach the United Kingdom and this task is considered routine business for us".

Commander Andrew Canale, the Commanding Officer of HMS Sutherland, said: "As one of the Royal Navy's high readiness units, HMS Sutherland is required to escort warships that approach the United Kingdom and this task is considered routine business for us".

Image: The Royal Navy is "carefully marking" the Russian vessels.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: "HMS Sutherland is carefully marking these Russian ships as they pass close to United Kingdom waters".

The RAF and Navy were also scrambled several times a year ago to escort Russian aircraft and ships near the UK.

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