The Royal Navy has announced that its ships are leading a multinational task group into the High North.

The operation demonstrates the UK and its allies’ commitment to the access of freedom and navigation in the Arctic Circle.

Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland and RFA Tidespring will exercise along with Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ross of the US Navy and Norwegian Fridtjof-Nansen-class frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl. They will be supported by a Danish patrol aircraft.

The vessels and the aircraft will conduct operations in sub-zero conditions to boost the understanding of the difficult environments while also maintaining peace in the region.

In a statement, the Royal Navy said: “The UK, US, Denmark and Norway are working together to boost our readiness to operate in the High North and increase resilience in an area which is vital to UK interests.

“This builds on a previous UK/US operation in which HMS Kent deployed into the Barents Sea in May this year.”

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With these operations, the Royal Navy and its allies continue to show they are dedicated to maintaining peace for all in the region.

Last month, the Royal Navy and its Nato allies escorted nine Russian Navy ships that were present in waters near the UK.

Offshore Patrol Vessels HMS Mersey and HMS Tyne, along with Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster, participated in an operation undertaken by allied ships to monitor nine Russian vessels.

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