Russian warships monitored in English ChannelA Russian destroyer and two support ships are being escorted through the English Channel by the Royal Navy. The Udaloy class destroyer Severomorsk, a tanker and a tug are heading east through the waterway before sailing into the north Atlantic to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine drills.
The Russian warship will pass Scotland as 55 warships and 70 aircraft from 14 nations take part in Exercise Joint Warrior, a fortnight-long naval war games in the area. HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate, will escort the Severomorsk through the North Sea until she sails beyond Scotland, Navy sources said.One source said: “The indications are that they are returning home. They may well just want to tease us a little by having a look at the exercise.” “We will have to see what they do when they get up there. If they are outside territorial waters they are really within their rights to do whatever they want.
Russia’s ministry of defence said the convoy, including the Severomorsk anti-submarine ship, a Dubna-class tanker and the SB-406 rescue tug, had entered the English Channel on its way to exercises in the northern Atlantic. A spokesman for the ministry said there would be no drills in the Channel itself and the convoy had “absolutely nothing to do” with the Joint Warrior exercises being held in Scotland. “Whenever our ships go in convoy we try to do some military-readiness exercises along the way, that’s all, this is normal practice,” he said. MORE