Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender has maintained a vigilant watch on a group of three Russian warships as they sailed through international waters off the UK coast.

The task group, comprising the frigate Admiral Grigorovich and corvettes Soobrazitelny and Stoikiy, was closely monitored by the British vessel as part of the Royal Navy’s commitment to maritime security.

State-of-the-art Type 45 Destroyer HMS Defender was critical in monitoring the Russian vessels in order to maintain situational awareness and protect national interests.

The Royal Navy’s ability to keep a watchful eye on foreign naval activity in the region demonstrates its readiness to respond to any potential threats and contributes to the overall security of the United Kingdom.

These operations underscore the importance of a strong naval presence in maintaining global maritime order and stability.

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Ian
Ian
11 months ago

Lets buzz them with RAF aircraft like they feel they have the right to do to anything sailing close to their country. Let’s declare our right to own any sea around us for 50 miles, a fraction of what the Chinese have done, oh, and let’s militarise a ‘ fishing ‘ fleet to help them on their way…

Andrew D
Andrew D
11 months ago

There like to Get noticed πŸ‘€

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
11 months ago

No tug?

Airborne
Airborne
11 months ago
Reply to  Barry Larking

Nope, broke down, needed a tug!

DH
DH
11 months ago
Reply to  Barry Larking

Nope, still on anti Walrus duties. Anyone seen Wally? πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ™ƒ

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
11 months ago

The last I heard Harpoon was due to go out of service this year while HMS Somerset will not be ready for operational duties with the first install of NSM for around 12 months.

Is that still the case?

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
11 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Defender might still have Harpoon fitted – the Russians cannot be sure so are unlikely to start anything. Not sure exactly where in “international waters” this flotilla is tho. The frigate Admiral Grigorovich is a well armed ship with the Brahmos high speed ASM which completely outclasses Harpoon

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
11 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

If we’re going to stay up close and personal with their vessels, i prefer Sea Ceptor equipped T23 personally.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
11 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

That could be the case until she’s due to have NSM fitted.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
11 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Maybe they will fit the NSM when Defender finally gets her PIP

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
11 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

It would be interesting to know in what order they will come in at but that would make sense.

Tommo
Tommo
11 months ago

It’s like stepping back in time , when Pompey Frigates rotated as FCS 1 and 2 always on standby for Russian vessels to pass through the Channel it’s good too see we still look upon the Russian with caution

Airborne
Airborne
11 months ago

Defender ensured all her fire fighting equipment and extinguishers are ready to ensure the new Russian no smoking policy on board their floating coral reefs are adhered to!

Sean
Sean
11 months ago
Reply to  Airborne

πŸ˜†

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
11 months ago

It’ll be even better when the T45s get a bit of extra clout with heir NSM and CAMM. Or some T31s can help in with these patrols.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
11 months ago

The important branches on these sort of jobs are always the Gollys and CTs hoovering up the EM spectrum if ivan is stupid enough to transmit on anything.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
11 months ago

Maybe retiring the Montrose and especially the last T-sub was not the best timing with all this naval activity going on? Having extra ships and suba available now would be useful regionally.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
11 months ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Montrose is/was in engineering terms , Fu**ed. When I was doing work on her we where changing out lots of burst and worn out pipework all the time. Salt water firemain was rupturing. Sewage lines letting go…not nice. Then you can add in that the LLOYDS inspections where due and she would not have passed without a massive refit that would have dwarfed any of the previous T23 refits in scope and cost. We where putting inserts into the deck and bulkheads before she headed back for holed and worn steel. Im pretty sure the emergency Genset by the winch… Read more Β»

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
11 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Morning GB, if all this is wrong with it we’d better not sell it to anyone!
Thanks for all your insider knowledge and realism as I was clearly just being hopeful!

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
11 months ago

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lexltBdBlUVm15yciNKGVvWFB3Xw-NYD/view

Off topic, but for those interested this URL should be the πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Defence Review pdf (16 pgs) released for the public.

Mark
Mark
11 months ago

I’m I wrong in thinking that russian war ships off UK shores comes as an act of war. Why are we not doing anything but maintaining vigilance. Send them packing. Who does Putin think he is pushing his luck. Sink his ships with torpedo’s show him he’s over stepped his authority.

Ian
Ian
11 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Our navy is more of an elaborate coastguard these days and we play by all the rules that most others flaunt / test to their limits. All the talk of ships getting something ‘ offensive’ like the NSM is seen as just that. We laugh at the Russians needing tugs, but what about the RN ships over recent years with basic issues affecting their operational availability etc. They appear to be able to defend themselves ok, but other than a main gun and helo carried munitions ( subject to ship class), they may as well be coastguard ships. They certainly… Read more Β»