HMS Liverpool is dwarfed by the looming outline of a Russian aircraft carrier as she escorted it out of British waters.
The destroyer sailed alongside the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov as she made her way north.
The Portsmouth-based Type 42 warship was acting as ‘Fleet Escort’ as she followed a carrier-led Russian task group from the Channel off south-west England to the seas off south west Ireland. It comes after the Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS York was sent to shadow the Kuznetsov group as it sailed south from Russia in December – the closest that a Russian naval task group had been to the United Kingdom in 20 years.
Liverpool’s Commanding Officer, Commander Colin Williams, said: ‘It is essential for the UK to maintain a military presence in our waters.’