Russian leader Vladimir Putin sent a number of vessels, including a surfaced submarine, a destroyer, a corvette, and a patrol ship, near UK waters. The ships travelled through the English Channel, the Celtic Sea, and passed the Outer Hebrides. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin said: “This is why the Royal Navy is at sea every day.
“Even with the pressures of Covid, we remain at short notice to respond to threats.
“Despite the increase in Russian activity, we are always ready to respond.”
The Royal Navy sent Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland to track the Russian vessels.
A Russian Udaloy-class destroyer, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov, was tracked as it sailed north-west of the Outer Hebrides.
When the Russian vessels took shelter in the waters of northern France, HMS Severn was joined by French ships and aircraft.
HMS Severn’s commanding officer, Commander Philip Harper, said: “In very challenging conditions, Severn and several other British and allied ships have spent 20 days ensuring that Russian transiting warships remain under our eyes.”
Wildcat helicopters were also launched from HMS Lancaster to track the Russian corvette Boikiy in the English Channel.
More British ships reinforced the Royal Navy’s escort of the Russian vessels as they left the English Channel.
The Russian vessels then made their way into the Celtic Sea.
HMS Tyne, HMS Richmond, and HMS Kent began monitoring the Russian ships in the Celtic Sea.
The Royal Navy vessels were helped by RAF Typhoon and F-35s jets to monitor the movements of the Moscow commanded flotilla.