HMS Tyne shadows Russian warships in the Channel

Russian Ropucha-class Landing Ship Tank Alexander Shabalin as seen from HMS Tyne
Russian Ropucha-class Landing Ship Tank Alexander Shabalin as seen from HMS Tyne

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Patrol ship HMS Tyne has been called on twice in a month to escort Russian warships through the Channel.

The Portsmouth-based warship monitored the progress of military transporters Minsk and Alexander Shabalin for more than 500 miles each as the vessels passed the British Isles.

The Russian vessels are both Ropucha-class landing ships, used to move military equipment from Russia’s northern ports to its bases in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Minsk was on her way back to northern European waters.

In August, Tyne accompanied the Minsk’s sister ship Alexander Shabalin as it headed in the opposite direction, bound for the Mediterranean.