The British destroyer HMS Defender scouted three Russian warships sailing in waters near England. Photo/Royal Navy
LONDON – Three warship Russia crosses waters near England, Friday (9/6/2023). The London military rushed to deploy destroyers and fighter jets to monitor the trio of Moscow ships.
The three Moscow warships are the guided-missile frigate Admiral Grigorovich and two Stereguschiy II class corvettes; Soobrazitelny and Stoikiy.
The Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Defender was tasked with reconnaissance of the three Moscow warships while they were near British territory. HMS Defender is assisted by Wildcat helicopters from the Royal Navy’s 815th Air Squadron.
Typhoon fighter jets and P-8A Poseidon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth are also working with HMS Defender on a similar mission.
“HMS Defender is the fleet’s rapid reaction escort, which means we are prepared to respond to any threat to the safety or security of the nation,” said HMS Defender Commander Peter Evans in a press statement.
“Guarding ships through British waters is a routine activity of the Royal Navy and demonstrates our commitment to the vital sea lanes on which Britain relies,” he said.
“Defender and his crew have been involved in operations for the last three years, spanning four major oceans and most of the world’s oceans—so we are successful on missions like this one.”
The battleships HMS Portland, HMS Montrose, HMS Severn, HMS Mersey, HMS Northumberland and HMS Kent all participated in similar operations to monitor Russian ships in the last month, including two Udaloy-class destroyers, Admiral Levchenko and Vice-Admiral Kulakov.
British warships are regularly deployed on such missions, protecting waters close to Britain.