HMS Dragon, a Type 45 Destroyer, has entered the Black Sea despite Russian warnings that it is ‘tracking the movements of the British warship’.
.@RoyalNavy maintains Black Sea presence: Daring class Type 45 guided missile destroyer @HMSDragon transited Bosphorus & entered Black Sea. D35 is equipped with @BAESystemsInc ’s type 1045 SAMPSON and @ThalesGroup Signaal/Marconi Type 1046 radars #OurManInÇırağan pic.twitter.com/wOhGfwTqQP
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) October 4, 2020
State media have reported that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is tracking HMS Dragon after the vessel entered the Black Sea.
“The Black Sea Fleet’s forces and capabilities have started to track the UK Navy’s destroyer Dragon that entered the Black Sea on October 4, 2020.”
Use of the Black Sea by non-Black Sea states is limited by the Montreux Convention but it allows warships from outside powers to remain in the body of water for 21 days.
HMS Dragon’s main role as a Type 45 Destroyer is air defence and providing protection to other ships by detecting and neutralising enemy threats with the Sea Viper anti-air missile system.
Back in 2018, sister ship HMS Duncan was swarmed by 17 Russian jets in the Black Sea. Footage from a documentary showed the moment HMS Duncan was swarmed by 17 Russian jets as she led a NATO fleet through the Black Sea earlier this year.
The footage formed part of a four-part Channel 5 documentary called Warship: Life at Sea. This documentary premiered on the 26th of November at 9pm (GMT) on Channel 5, more information on the documentary can be found here.