The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have disclosed their joint operation to track Russian vessels as they entered British waters, closely monitoring their movements in the vicinity of the UK.
The armed forces employed a combination of warships and patrol aircraft to oversee the activities of a series of Russian warships that navigated through the English Channel, North Sea, and North Atlantic.
Monitoring Russian Navy Movements
The monitoring operation involved key assets such as HMS Tyne, HMS Portland, and P8 Poseidon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth.
These units collaborated to surveil Russian vessels including the corvettes Boikiy and Grad, the cruiser Marshal Ustinov, the Udaloy-class destroyer Severomorsk, and others.
The joint effort was particularly relevant to the Russian Navy Day, an event held in St Petersburg on July 30, where several of these vessels were associated.
Formidable Surveillance Duo
The Navy’s spokesperson emphasized the powerful capabilities of their submarine-hunting frigate and maritime patrol aircraft.
With advanced sensors for locating and tracking, this formidable combination facilitated continuous surveillance from both air and sea.
Once a ship or submarine was detected, the aircraft could relay the position to a warship, enabling interception and further tracking.
Efforts and Dedication
Lieutenant Sam Charleston, part of HMS Portland’s bridge watch-keeping officers, expressed satisfaction in protecting UK waters and interests during the operations.
Despite challenging weather conditions, the team’s dedication and hard work shone through.
Commander Ed Moss-Ward, commanding officer of HMS Portland, highlighted the significance of the partnership between P8 aircraft and the Type 23 frigate, boasting the UK’s leading anti-submarine warfare capability.
Meanwhile, HMS Tyne, based in Portsmouth, undertook a shadowing role in the operation.
It tracked three separate Russian ships, including the Steregushchiy-class corvette Merkury and the research ship Akademik Nikolaj Strakhov.
Lieutenant Ryan Grieg, executive officer of the offshore patrol vessel, commended the ship’s company for their continuous efforts in maintaining security and assurance in UK home waters.
The coordinated efforts of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force showcased their readiness and efficiency in safeguarding British waters and interests against potential threats.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn