The UK Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster (F237) shadowed a Russian destroyer through the English Channel, the service announced.
Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster, along with River-class patrol ship HMS Tyne (P281), monitored the passage of the Russian Navy Udaloy-class destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as it passed south through the English Channel.
“The Royal Navy routinely monitors the passage of warships through the UK’s area of interest as part of its ongoing mission to support the defence of the UK,” said Commander Will Paston, the Commanding Officer of HMS Westminster. “The Vice Admiral Kulakov conducted itself in a safe and professional manner throughout its transit.”
According to a Royal Navy statement, the sailors and aircrew abroad its vessels “monitored every movement of the Russian warship using state-of-the-art radar, surveillance cameras and sensors, allowing them to track the ship’s course and speed as it passed the British Isles”.
HMS Westminster was supported by her embarked Merlin (AgustaWestland AW101) helicopter from the Navy’s Culdrose-based 814 Naval Air Squadron.
“Once again the Royal Navy has proven its ability to maintain the sovereignty of the United Kingdom territorial waters. I am hugely impressed by the professional way the sailors of HMS Westminster and Tyne have responded,” said Minister for the Armed Forces, James Heapey.
Vice-Admiral Kulakov is a Udaloy-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) destroyer of the Russian Navy. She was commissioned in 1982 and is in service with the Navy’s Northern Fleet.