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.”
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.”