Royal Navy tracks Russian warship through the channel

HMS Argyll monitoring a Russian warship Yaroslav Mudry and its accompanying tanker, the Kola, as it passed through the English Channel this week
HMS Argyll monitoring a Russian warship Yaroslav Mudry and its accompanying tanker, the Kola, as it passed through the English Channel this week
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A Russian warship was tracked by the Royal Navy as it passed through the English Channel.

Yaroslav Mudry and its accompanying tanker, the Kola, were sailing back to Russia after a deployment in the Mediterranean. Reports suggest the Russian frigate’s homeport is Baltiysk.

British Type 23 warship HMS Argyll, based in Plymouth, Devon, was deployed and used its Lynx helicopter and sensors to locate and monitor the movement of the Russian ships off the coast of France and through the English Channel.

The MoD said the Royal Navy took over from French surveillance, in line with the Nato agreement, and described the operation as “pretty routine”.

Commander Paul Hammond, commanding officer of HMS Argyll, said: ‘We are one of the Royal Navy’s high readiness ships and we knew we could be called upon to respond to a range of duties, such as monitoring a Russian warship, at short notice.’

The tracking took place on Sunday and Monday, said the MoD.