Royal Navy warship HMS Richmond swoops on Russian frigate lurking in English Channel as vessel battered by storm

Royal Navy warship HMS Richmond swoops on Russian frigate lurking in English Channel as vessel battered by storm

THE Royal Navy scrambled a warship to shadow a Russian frigate lurking dangerously close to the UK as Britain was battered by Storm Ciaran.

HMS Richmond “kept constant watch” as Admiral Grigorovich headed towards the Mediterranean through the North Sea and the Dover Strait.

Russian warship Admiral Grigorovich was headed towards the MediterraneanRoyal Navy

Royal NavyThe Royal Navy shadowing the Russian warship through stormy seas close to the UK[/caption]

Royal NavyHMS Richmond was in Norway when she was deployed to tail the Grigorovich[/caption]

Type 23 frigate Richmond was in Norway for NATO training when the ship was deployed to tail the Grigorovich.

The operation involved following the Russian frigate through stormy seas during Storm Ciaran – which brought 104mph hurricane winds and an amber warning of danger to life.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: “Warship HMS Richmond kept constant watch on Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich, tracking her in the North Sea and maintaining permanent contact.

“After first monitoring their activity in the North Sea, Richmond, with her 185-strong crew, continued to shadow the Russian warship through the Dover Strait and down towards the Mediterranean Sea – all the while contending with choppy conditions in the wake of Storm Ciaran.”

HMS Richmond’s commanding officer, Commander Chris L’Amie, said the Navy was “demonstrating our steadfast commitment to the Nato alliance”.

He said: said: “The English Channel is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

“Close monitoring and shadowing of Russian warships in UK waters and adjacent sea areas encourages their compliance with maritime law and deters malign activity.

“By maintaining a visible and persistent presence, the Royal Navy is demonstrating our steadfast commitment to the Nato alliance and maintaining maritime security, which is crucial to our national interests.”

In January, the Royal Navy intercepted a Russian warship carrying Putin’s new “unstoppable” 7,000mph hypersonic missiles.

HMS Portland tracked the guided missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov as it sailed close to the UK in the North Sea.

The Type-23 frigate shadowed Putin’s warship that set sail with much fanfare for a mission to the Atlantic.

Admiral Gorshkov – which weighs up to 5,400 tons and is 442ft long – had carried out war games while heading for the UK.

The ship was also accompanied by the Russian tanker Kama.

HMS Portland joined the Norwegian Coast Guard vessel Bergen to shepherd Vlad’s ship away from the UK.

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