Patrol ship HMS Tyne has escorted two Russian Ropucha class landing ships through the Channel.
According to a press release, the patrol vessel monitored the progress of military transporters Minsk and Alexander Shabalin for more than 500 miles each as the vessel passed the British Isles.
The Russian vessels are used to move military equipment from Russia’s northern ports to its bases in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
It is understood that Minsk was on her way back to northern European waters and Tyne was on a fishery protection patrol of the North Sea when she was alerted to the Russian vessel approaching the UK.
According to A Royal Navy press release, the Tyne sailed at top speed for nearly 500 miles to the gateway to the Channel where her bridge team used sophisticated navigation software and radars to successfully locate the Russian transporter before following the Minsk’s progress through one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and back into the North Sea.
In August, Tyne accompanied the Minsk’s sister ship Alexander Shabalin as it headed in the opposite direction, bound for the Mediterranean.
Lt Craig Clark, Tyne’s Executive Officer said:
“I am incredibly proud of the way our ship’s company reacted to this rapid activation – and with the professionalism they showed in this escort duty.
Contributing to the UK’s maritime security is something the Royal Navy does day in, day out around the world.
HMS Tyne is an incredibly versatile ship, one which is ideally suited to operating around the UK and in European waters to support our security.”
The Ropucha class can carry ten tanks and nearly 350 troops.