The Royal Navy say it has tracked a Russian warship off the coast of France and monitored her movement through the English Channel.
HMS Mersey, an Offshore Patrol Vessel, was on routine security patrols in home waters when she was called on to locate and monitor the Russian Navy vessel – plus its support ship.
“Portsmouth-based Mersey tracked the Russian vessel, Steregushchiy-class corvette RFS Boiky, closely as she sailed into the Channel after taking over from the French Navy. Mersey watched every movement as the corvette linked up with RFS Akademik Pashin, an auxiliary vessel, to refuel and transfer stores, before getting underway again.”
Commanding Officer of Mersey, Lieutenant Commander Will Edwards-Bannon RN, said in a release:
“Working to preserve the maritime security of the UK has always been one of the Royal Navy’s very highest priority missions throughout our long history. The need to fulfil this mission hasn’t changed with the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic so, although we are living and working in slightly different ways on board to limit the risk from the virus, HMS Mersey’s fantastic ship’s company continues to work hard to protect our nation’s interests. This work includes the close monitoring of foreign warships operating near to our shores, which is what we – along with our sister ship HMS Tyne – have been doing so far on this patrol.”
Pictured is the support shipo accompanying RFS Boiky with HMS Mersey in the foreground.