Royal Navy ship HMS Somerset escorts Russian submarine in English Channel
A ROYAL Navy warship has been pictured shadowing a Russian submarine as it passed through the English Channel.
HMS Somerset tracked down the diesel-electric submarine Krasnodar off Britain’s east coast on Friday morning.
The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate then man-marked the Kilo-class submarine until it has passed through the Dover Strait and the English Channel over the weekend.
Last month, Somerset’s sister ship HMS Sutherland escorted two Russian warships as they sailed close to UK territorial waters.
Brit ships also raced to escort a huge Russian convoy led by aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov as it headed past Dover towards the Syrian coast back in October.
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And Royal Navy vessels escorted the flotilla on its return journey past the White Cliffs in January.
Commander Tim Berry, the commanding officer of HMS Somerset, said: “Policing the sea both in home waters and further afield is core business for the Royal Navy.
“Escorting foreign warships – in this case a Russian submarine – through UK waters is just part of our ongoing effort to protect our island nation.”
Last month, the Royal Navy gave Vladimir Putin a taste of his own medicine after sailing a destroyer into his back yard – the Black Sea.
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