1. ITV Report

Navy frigate escorts Russian warships through English Channel

The English Channel is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, and with UK shipping contributing more than £10bn to Britain’s economy Credit: Royal Navy

A Royal Navy frigate has been called to escort Russian warships sailing in waters off the South Coast.

HMS Westminster, which is based in Portsmouth, was called on Friday 5th January to sail and keep watch on two Russian warships and two supporting vessels as they passed close to UK territorial waters in stormy conditions.

HMS Westminster remained at sea over the weekend to meet up with the Russian vessels, keeping track of their activities in areas of Britain’s national interest.

The Royal Navy warship will remain with the two Steregushchiy-class frigates Soobrazitelny and Boiky and support vessels Paradoks and Kola as they head north.

HMS Westminster (foreground) with the Russian frigate Boiky in the background Credit: Royal Navy