Royal navy vessel shadows advanced Russian warship in English channel again

Royal navy vessel shadows advanced Russian warship in English channel again
# 08 August 2019 19:09 (UTC +04:00)

The HMS Forth shadowed the advanced Russian patrol ship Vasily Bykov as it was passing through the English Channel, APA reports citing Sputnik.

While the UK has repeatedly expressed concern over Russian warships routinely passing through the English Channel, Russia’s Defence Ministry has underscored that the vessels sail through the area in strict accordance with international norms and regulations.

“Forth had departed Gibraltar on July 31, before heading north at speed and conducting heavy weather trials before a quick logistics stop in Devonport. She then sailed and positioned herself ready to meet the Vasily Bykov as the vessel sailed from the North Sea, having taken part in Russia's Navy Day celebration in St. Petersburg,” the Navy said in a statement.

The Navy also quoted HMS Forth’s Executive Officer, Lieutenant Samuel Fields as saying that the crew continues to test the ship’s capabilities and that he is proud of “the ship’s company for rising to this additional challenge”. The Russian Defence Ministry has yet to comment on the matter.

The Wednesday shadowing comes after HMS Forth escorted the Vasily Bykov in late June, when the Russian warship sailed through the English Channel en route to St. Petersburg to take part in the Russian Navy Day parade.

The Russian Navy’s recently commissioned Vasily Bykov is equipped with the most advanced radio engineering and sonar systems, as well as naval guns, air defences and grenade launchers.

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