Warfare in News
Posted on Tuesday 2nd May
The Royal Navy shadows
By Paul Ridgway, London
On 15 April the Ministry of Defence reported that HMS Sutherland had escorted two Russian warships sailing through the English Channel the previous night.
In the early hours of (Friday) 14 April the Type 23 frigate located the two Russian ships as they sailed through the southern North Sea towards the Dover Strait.
These Steregushchiy-class corvettes, Soobrazitelny (531) and Boiky (532), were
joined later by a Russian support tanker and an ocean-going tug.
Sutherland was expected to continue monitoring movements of the ships
as they passed by 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.’
Warships such as the Plymouth-based Sutherland, a type-23 frigate of the Duke class, have kept watch on every movement of the ships, tracking course and speed.
Commander Andrew Canale, the Commanding Officer of HMS
Sutherland, added: ‘As one of the Royal Navy’s high readiness units, HMS
Sutherland is required to escort warships that approach the UK and this task is considered routine business for us.
‘It is vitally important the Royal Navy demonstrates its presence and commitment to the integrity of UK territorial waters as we work around the clock to secure the seas of our island nation.’
As a high-readiness unit Sutherland may be called upon at any time to help prevent arms trafficking, people smuggling, to conduct counter-terrorism operations, maritime search and rescue, or escort duties such as those undertaken over the Easter weekend.
Photo: UK Crown Copyright 2017 ©.
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