Warships belonging to the Russian Northern Fleet have sailed through the English Channel in a routine and lawful passage through British waters.

A statement from the Russian Northern Fleet said:

“Today, a detachment of ships and support vessels, headed by the large anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov of the Northern Fleet, passed the Pas-de-Calais and continues to move southward in the English Channel.”

Destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov was joined by corvette Gremyachchiy and minesweeper Vladimir Emelyanov.

The vessel is allowed to pass through British waters. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) enshrines the concept of innocent passage through a coastal state’s territorial sea. Innocent passage is a concept in the law of the sea that allows for a vessel to pass through the archipelagic and territorial waters of another state, subject to certain restrictions.

Passage is innocent so long as it is not prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal state.

What is the Russian Northern Fleet?

The Northern Fleet is tasked with responsibility for operations and defense in the Arctic seas along Northern Russia, including the Barents Sea and Kara Sea, as well as the northwestern maritime approaches to Russia including the Norwegian Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The Northern Fleet’s headquarters and main base are located in Severomorsk, Murmansk Oblast, with secondary bases elsewhere in the greater Kola Bay area.

 

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Mr Bell
Mr Bell
1 month ago

If those pictures are right they are being trailed by a US Intelligence/ 3C vessel as well.

Phylyp
Phylyp
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

Yeah, I came to the comments to see if there was any mention of the Blue Ridge class ship. 👍

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  Phylyp

Nowt wrong with that 🙂

Nick C
Nick C
1 month ago

Interesting that they still feel the need to travel with a tug.

David Steeper
David Steeper
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick C

You mean hilarious   :wpds_grin: 

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  David Steeper

With Diamond breaking down and being forced to leave the QE2 deployment, don’t be too smug…..

Mark B
Mark B
1 month ago
Reply to  David

Did Diamond need a tug? Plus the UK has a lot more friendly ports to drop into for repairs than Russia?

Johan
Johan
1 month ago
Reply to  David

DI lost a engine so its not like breaking down, and needs dock support to crane a new one onboard.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick C

Standard operating procedures to go with the tug. They wouldn’t want to ask anyone else for assistance.

John Clark
John Clark
1 month ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

That’s true, they might claim salvage rights, probably only fit for the Turkish scrap yards anyway….

John Clark
John Clark
1 month ago

Steady now Dan, I might have to flag you, I feel my delicate Woke sensibilities have been offended…..🤣🤣

David Steeper
David Steeper
1 month ago
Reply to  John Clark

Don’t joke !

Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago

Sink the rug the rest will be fecked 😁

Andrew D
Andrew D
1 month ago

Be interesting to see how there would cope

Tufton Bufton
Tufton Bufton
1 month ago

This little flotilla highlights the strategic weakness of the Russian navy. Separated by land and sea areas it can never control, Russia has four fleets that can never be concentrated. For either their Northern or Baltic fleets to join up with their Black Sea fleet, it’s a question of ‘Buddy, can you do us a favour’, on the part of NATO. Of course, reinforcing the Russian Pacific fleet with ships from Europe simply invites a second Tsushima. Why do they bother?

Ulya
Ulya
1 month ago
Reply to  Tufton Bufton

You are correct Tufton, geography is big weakness for navy, this is why navy is always last for money and they will never get fantasy fleet they want of aircraft carriers and big destroyers. Ice breakers, Corvette’s, missile boats and submarines have use, a navy like the US/UK is pointless to us except for willy waving. Hope my spelling is ok, kumis does not help my english

Darren hall
Darren hall
1 month ago
Reply to  Ulya

”willy waving”…

Nothing wrong with your English… lol

Ulya
Ulya
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren hall

Thank you, I had a little to much drink when writing this, kumis, you should try if they have there

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
1 month ago
Reply to  Tufton Bufton

As Ulya says, Russia has enough trouble trying to deal with secessionist Jihadis in its fringe provinces and stop the leaders of its buffer states going rogue to attempt to assert any influence beyond the near east.

Nate M
Nate M
1 month ago
Reply to  Tufton Bufton

i mean thats why they have a lot of heavily armed pt boats and corvettes.

Ulya
Ulya
1 month ago
Reply to  Nate M

What is pt boat please?

coll
coll
1 month ago
Reply to  Ulya

Patrol Torpedo boat

Roy
Roy
1 month ago
Reply to  Tufton Bufton

Then I suppose the UK has nothing to worry about from the Russians … which is essentially what the British government has concluded in cutting UK defence capability.

Tim
Tim
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

What capabilities has the uk cut

Always Right
Always Right
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

Except…it hasn’t cut UK defence capability.

Roy
Roy
1 month ago
Reply to  Always Right

As Joe Biden would say: “Come on Man!” 10,000-troop reduction in the army Tranche 1 Typhoons cut withoiut replacement C-130s cut without replacement MCMVs cut without replacement (“autonomous systems” will not compensate for the loss of hulls) F-35Bs reduced from 138 to 60-80 Type 31 far less capable that the GP Type 23s they are replacing – lets be honest as envisaged they are barely corvettes and not very good ones Wedgetail order cut from 5 to 3 Tempest and Type 32 may or may not come to fruition but at minimum they are far in the future. The UK… Read more »

Johan
Johan
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

T1 Typhoons cannot be upgraded and need a different missle to be used as a ADF.
10000 is a 3500 reduction on current manpower.
C130s were a stop gap till A400s and still have resale.
MCMVs is a mess
F35s no numbers cut officially over the life of the program
Ty31 ????
WedgeTail 3 from 5 the 2 cut were brand new airframes which Boeing are not Building Now, due to pandemic.

we dont have a bottomless pit for kit that may never get used,

AND BIDEN just wants to sell bombs bullets and bandages to everyone like allways

Roy
Roy
1 month ago
Reply to  Johan

They’re all cuts, many of which reverse decisions taken in the last defence review. What is telling about the UK is that the 1998 White Paper – produced in a much more peaceful world, when the West was largely without a serious strategic rival – called for a military capability considerably more extensive than that which exists today: just one example: two carriers were to have 138 fighters assigned and be supported by 32 destroyers/frigates and 10 SSNs. Since that time, Russia has become considerably stronger and China is now a strategic rival to the United States. How has the… Read more »

HenryV
HenryV
16 days ago
Reply to  Roy

I agree, all cut’s yet again.

Johan
Johan
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

Russia is not on our border,

Jonimo
Jonimo
1 month ago
Reply to  Johan

“Russia is [not yet] on our border” — but watch this space !

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

Royal Navy travels with fleet oilers, Russian Navy travels with fleet tugs. 🤔

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Whats probably of more concern is that the tankers also provide potable water to the consorts…Not being able to produce your own water is a massive OC hit.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
1 month ago

’The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) enshrines the concept of innocent passage through a coastal state’s territorial sea’. Interesting how this is clearly interpreted rather differently by different Nations isn’t it.

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
1 month ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

or even the same nation depending up on whether it is “their” or “your” territorial sea …  😉 

Tim
Tim
1 month ago

What and u mean we didn’t have a tantrum and pretend to shoot a machine gun in the air once they had left the area ?

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

I suspecta big sigh of relief that one of them didn’t break down.

Johan
Johan
1 month ago

Shame we didnt have the balls to do a flybye

Jonimo
Jonimo
1 month ago
Reply to  Johan

Dambusters have balls😎

Bob
Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  Johan

Who said that there were not shadowed by royal navy or and air force

Jonimo
Jonimo
1 month ago

Time for some more
RN “innocent passage” around the crimean peninsular