HMS Tyne called to Russian navy drill in English Channel

HMS Tyne. Picture: LA(Phot) Kyle Heller
HMS Tyne. Picture: LA(Phot) Kyle Heller
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RUSSIAN naval ships have staged a drill of the English coast.

Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne watched the four Russian vessels stage a drill in the Channel, according to reports.

It comes days after the French president, Francois Hollande, said he would not hand over a helicopter carrier being built for the Russian Navy.