Royal Navy frigate HMS Northumberland has arrived in Lerwick harbour.
It should be noted that, despite local speculation, the vessel isn’t in the area to hunt for foreign fishermen.
Yes well, I did wonder why HMS Northumberland was moored up here in Shetland.
What a pathetic state of affairs. pic.twitter.com/NQEaJaiGyN
— Ivor. (@IvorLJohnson) December 12, 2020
HMS Northumberland was recently involved in an effort to monitor the movements of a Russian Udaloy-class destroyer in the North West of the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland.
According to the Royal Navy in a statement:
“Every move made by the Russians – a surfaced submarine, destroyer, corvette, patrol ship and their supporting tugs and supply ships – was watched closely by eight RN ships from the English Channel and the Celtic Sea to waters close to the west coast of Scotland in a concerted operation over the last two weeks.
Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland watched the movements of Udaloy-class destroyer, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov, as she sailed North West of the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland. Patrol ship HMS Severn was on duty in the English Channel and Dover Strait, where she shadowed a surfaced Kilo-class submarine, the Stary Oskol, the corvette Boikiy, patrol ship Vasiliy Bykov and support ships. Severn was also on patrol as the Vice-Admiral Kulakov sailed through the Channel.
For some of the operation, the Russian ships sheltered from bad weather within the Baie de Seine, a bay in northern France, where Severn was joined by allied French Navy ships and aircraft. HMS Lancaster joined Severn in this operation, closely tracking Steregushchiy-class corvette Boikiy in the Channel and using her Wildcat helicopter to gather intelligence using the aircraft’s powerful array of sensors.”
First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin, said:
“This is why the Royal Navy is at sea every day, protecting the UK and our interests. Even with the pressures of Covid, we remain at short notice to respond to threats both in home waters and around the world. Despite the increase in Russian activity, both on the surface and underwater, we are always ready to respond.”