The Royal Navy have announced that HMS Mersey has tracked the movements of a surfaced Russian submarine as it sailed through waters close to the UK.
According to a news release here, Mersey reported on the movements of the Russian Black Sea Fleet submarine so that NATO Allies could track her progress as she continued her onward journey.
“The River-class offshore patrol vessel was on watch as the Kilo-class diesel powered attack submarine RFS Rostov Na Donu sailed through wintry seas in the North Sea and English Channel on its journey from the Baltic to the Mediterranean.”
Commanding Officer of HMS Mersey, Lieutenant Commander Will Edwards-Bannon, was quoted as saying:
“All of us in Mersey are very proud of the part we play, here in our home waters, in fulfilling the Royal Navy’s role of protecting our nation’s interests. No patrol is ever the same as the last and we have conducted a particularly varied range of missions recently, culminating with the tracking of this Russian submarine as it passes the UK. You never know what’s around the corner when serving in these ships, but you can always rely on Mersey and her fantastic ship’s company, made-up of both regulars and reservists, to get the job done.”
The Royal Navy added that this latest operation comes amid a busy time for the Royal Navy’s patrol ships, with Mersey and her sister ships HMS Tyne and HMS Severn all on maritime security patrols in the seas around the UK.