HMS Sutherland escorts Russian warships through English Channel

According to a statement from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland has escorted two Russian warships through the English Channel.

The Type 23 frigate located the two Russian ships in the early hours of Friday 14 April as they sailed through the North Sea towards the Dover Straits.

The Steregushchiy-class corvettes, Soobrazitelny and Boiky, were joined later in the afternoon by a Russian support tanker and an ocean-going tug.

HMS Sutherland will continue to monitor the movements of the ships as they pass close to UK territorial waters.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon commented: “HMS Sutherland is carefully marking these Russian ships as they pass close to UK waters. The Royal Navy maintains a vigilant watch and is always ready to keep Britain safe.

“Royal Navy sailors on the Plymouth-based frigate keep 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."

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