Nine Royal Navy ships overshadowed seven Russian warships after detecting “unusually high levels of activity” in the Canal and the North Sea.
Nine British ships overshadowed seven Russian ships in UK waters – while the Royal Navy was preparing to help the NHS and other government departments manage the coronavirus outbreak.
Lt. Nick Ward, CEO of HMS Tyne, said: “Since the military is helping the National Health Service to save lives in the UK, it is essential that the Navy continue to carry out the tasks we have always done to protect Great Britain.
“It is part of the normal work of HMS Tyne and represents one of the many roles that our patrol ships play in support of the commitments of the Royal Navy.
“This is our core business and represents a lasting commitment to support UK security.”
Royal Navy sailors and crew monitored every movement of Russian ships using state-of-the-art radar, surveillance cameras and sensors, allowing them to track course and speed as they crossed the British Isles.
They were supported by Merlin and Wildcat helicopters of 814 and 815 naval air squadrons.
Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne spent more than a week working in the English Channel in often difficult seas, keeping an eye on Russian ships as they crossed the south coast.
During the operations three Steregushchiy-class corvettes, two Ropucha-class landing ships and two Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates, as well as their auxiliary support ships and tugs were observed.
HMS Sutherland monitored the Russian presence and the Merlin helicopter of the Devonport-based frigate carried out a series of sorties to gather information on Russian ships as they crossed the Canal.
Meanwhile, naval logistics specialists and military planners have worked with larger armed forces to assist the coronavirus response effort.
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