British ships shadow Russian submarine in English Channel

23 July 2020 (Last Updated July 23rd, 2020 12:05)

The British Royal Navy’s HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey have monitored Russia’s Kilo-class attack submarine Krasnodar in the English Channel.

British ships shadow Russian submarine in English Channel
UK Royal Navy’s HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey have monitored Russia’s Kilo-class submarine, Krasnodar. Credit: Royal Navy.

The British Royal Navy’s HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey have monitored Russia’s Kilo-class attack submarine Krasnodar in the English Channel.

The ships have recently taken up monitoring duties from French light frigate FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet off the coast of Ushant Island in Brittany, France.

The surfaced submarine, supported by its ocean-going tug, Sergey Balk, passed through waters close to the UK.

HMS Tyne operations officer lieutenant Justin Shirtcliff said: “Tyne responded in a coordinated effort with allies to shadow the Russian submarine and her escort while transiting the English Channel.

“This routine undertaking is an enduring task for the Royal Navy, in which Tyne and her sister ships of the Royal Navy’s Overseas Patrol Squadron play a key role.”

Portsmouth-based Tyne Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) located the Krasnodar at the south-western end of the English Channel.

Prior to this, the submarine was tracked by the French Navy through the Bay of Biscay.

HMS Mersey then took charge of monitoring as the Russian vessel moved through the Strait of Dover and into the North Sea.

HMS Mersey commanding officer lieutenant commander Will Edwards-Bannon said: “It has been impressive to see, first-hand, the seamless coordination between allied ships and aircraft from various nations involved in this operation.”

Last month, the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Kent joined 19 Nato ally nations with around 3,000 personnel to take part in the US-led Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise that started in the Baltic Sea.