Royal Navy Escorts Russian Submarine Through English Channel

HMS Somerset has shadowed a Russian submarine as it passed through the English Channel.

The Plymouth-based ship located the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine Krasnodar in the early hours of Friday morning as it sailed past the eastern coast of the UK.

Commander Tim Berry, the commanding officer of HMS Somerset, said:

“Policing the sea both in home waters and further afield is core business for the Royal Navy.

‘Escorting foreign warships, in this case a Russian submarine, through UK waters is just part of our ongoing effort to protect our island nation.”

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Last month, Somerset’s sister ship HMS Sutherland escorted two Russian warships as they sailed close to UK territorial waters.

Speaking at the time, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

“HMS Sutherland is carefully marking these Russian ships as they pass close to UK waters. The Royal Navy maintains a vigilant watch and is always ready to keep Britain safe.”