The Royal Navy say it has kept a close eye on Russian ships off the Scottish coast after an intelligence vessel and tanker took shelter in the Moray Firth.
The Royal Navy say that HMS Tyne has been monitoring the actions of intelligence-gathering vessel Viktor Leonov and her supporting tanker Sergey Osipov which have been sailing around the Moray Firth.
“The Portsmouth-based warship’s tasking falls under Defence Task One – protecting the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom.
In that role she has been observing the Russian vessels as they sheltered from Storm Aiden and carried out replenishment operations, before the Osipov left UK waters.
“It was apparent these two ships were making use of the shelter from the high winds and inclement seas of Storm Aiden, and Tyne remained close by to monitor their activity,” said Lieutenant Justin Shirtcliff, the ship’s operations officer.
“HMS Tyne and her sailors remain ready for short-notice tasking, whatever the weather, wherever the task.”