HMS Dragon and HMS Tyne have escorted Russian amphibious assault vessels through the English Channel.
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) January 21, 2022
A Ministry of Defence Spokesperson told me:
“As part of a unified response with our allies, the Royal Navy are monitoring the presence of Russian Ships as they transit through the English Channel. This is a normal response to transiting warships from other nations.”
We reported earlier that amid ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the Russian navy has sortied 5 Ropucha-class landing ships and one Ivan Gren-class landing ship from their Baltic fleet, likely headed to the Black Sea.
The Ropucha-class landing ship can transport 10 main battle tanks and 340 troops or 12 BTRs and 340 troops or 3 main battle tanks, 3 2S9 Nona-S, 5 MT-LBs, 4 army trucks and 313 troops or 500 tons of cargo. The Ivan Gren-class can transport 40 BTRs or IFVs and 300 troops.