Type 23 Frigate HMS St Albans has escorted a Russian cruiser through the English Channel.
The Royal Navy announced this morning that the Type 23 frigate, currently tasked with protecting UK waters, has been tasked to keep watch on Russian Slava-class cruiser Marshall Ustinov.
The Russian vessel – accompanied by an auxiliary ship and tug say the Royal Navy – recently left the Mediterranean and has been tracked by French warships through the Bay of Biscay.
Recently, the UK Defence Journal reported that Spain had refuelled the cruiser, despite fresh sanctions against Russia.
Commander John Cromie, the Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, said in a news release:
“As the fleet ready escort, HMS St Albans is held at high readiness to respond to any foreign warship that might represent a potential threat to the integrity of UK waters.
In this instance the interaction between St Albans and Marshall Ustinov has proven both cordial and professional, reflecting the mutual understanding of customs that exist between professional mariners.
My crew are however trained to the very highest standard and are prepared to respond to any eventuality.”
HMS St Albans reportedly deployed her Merlin helicopter to observe the movements of the task group as they navigate along the south coast of the UK.