WATCH: Navy shadows Russian sub

A Royal Navy warship shadowed a Russian submarine as it passed through the English Channel.

Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:40 pm
Ministry of Defence photo of HMS Somerset escorting a Russian submarine through the English Channel

HMS Somerset located the diesel-electric submarine Krasnodar off the east coast of the UK on Friday morning.

The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate then followed the Kilo-class submarine through the Dover Strait and the English Channel during the weekend.

Commander Tim Berry, the commanding officer of HMS Somerset, said: ‘Policing the sea both in home waters and further afield is core business for the Royal Navy.

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Ministry of Defence photo of HMS Somerset escorting a Russian submarine through the English Channel

‘Escorting foreign warships, in this case a Russian submarine, through UK waters is just part of our ongoing effort to protect our island nation.’

Last month, Somerset’s sister ship HMS Sutherland escorted two Russian warships as they sailed close to UK territorial waters.

Ministry of Defence photo of HMS Somerset escorting a Russian submarine through the English Channel