26.03.2020 | Russia sparks Royal Navy alert as Putin sends seven warships to Channel and North Sea
Source - The Daily Express
The Royal Navy said British wartime ships completed a "large scale operation" to monitor seven Russian ships following "unusually high levels of activity" off its coastline.
The news comes as Britain's Navy prepares to help our NHS Heroes deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Royal Navy said: "As the Royal Navy prepares to help the NHS and other Government departments deal with the response to the coronavirus outbreak, nine British ships have been shadowing seven Russian vessels in waters around the UK.
"The Navy has completed a concentrated operation to shadow the Russian warships after unusually high levels of activity in the English Channel and North Sea.
"Type 23 frigates HMS Kent, HMS Sutherland, HMS Argyll and HMS Richmond joined Offshore Patrol Vessels HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey along with RFA Tideforce, RFA Tidespring and HMS Echo for the large-scale operation with support from Nato allies."
Lieutenant Nick Ward, HMS Tyne's Executive Officer, said it was "essential" for the Navy to "continue to deliver the tasks we have always performed to help keep Britain safe" amid the coronavirus crisis.
He said: "As the Armed Forces are helping the NHS save lives in the UK, it's essential the Navy continues to deliver the tasks we have always performed to help keep Britain safe.
"This is very much part of routine business for HMS Tyne and represents one of the many roles our patrol vessels perform in support of the Royal Navy's commitments.