HMS Defender, a Type 45 Destroyer, is shadowing a Russian naval task group off the UK coast.
The warship, say the Royal Navy, was called upon to sail over the weekend and keep watch on the frigate Admiral Gorshkov and three auxiliary ships as they passed close to UK territorial waters.
Defender is monitoring the Russian task group and keeping track of their activity in areas of national interest.
HMS Defender left Newcastle on Saturday the second of Match to head north east of Scotland and meet the Russian task group in time for them to pass the UK coastline yesterday, soon after they anchored in the Moray Firth temporarily in order for bad weather to bypass the group.
The group comprises of the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, tug Nicolay Chiker, supply ship Elbrus and tanker Kama.
Commander Richard Hewitt, the Commanding Officer of HMS Defender, said:
“The security of the seas around our coastline remains crucial to our national interests. Escorting the Admiral Gorshkov has demonstrated the Royal Navy’s enduring commitment to protecting our home waters and readiness to undertake such tasking whenever it’s required.”
HMS Defender will continue to escort the Russian naval task group this week as it passes through the English Channel say the Royal Navy.