The Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans (F83) escorted a Russian warship through the English Channel and Dover Strait, on April 20, 2018.
The Portsmouth-based frigate was activated earlier last week to keep watch on the Russian Neustrashimyy-class frigate Yaroslav Mudry (727).
As the current Fleet Ready Escort, HMS St Albans is the Royal Navy’s very high readiness ship which is charged with protecting the integrity of UK waters.
Commander John Cromie, the Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, said: “As the Royal Navy’s high readiness unit in UK waters, we are the first responders to any potential incursion into UK waters and are highly trained in this role.
“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.
“We are always standing ready, as is the rest of the fleet, to defend UK waters and UK sovereignty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
HMS St Albans is a Type 23 Duke-class frigate of the Royal Navy. She is the sixth ship to bear the name and is the sixteenth and final ship in the ‘Duke’ class of frigates. She is based at HMNB Portsmouth.
HMS St Albans is equipped with a Merlin helicopter from Culdrose-based 829 Naval Air Squadron and state-of-the-art radar.