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Russian warship tracked by Royal Navy as it passes through British Channel

A Russian warship has been intercepted and tracked by the Royal Navy as it passes through the English Channel Credit: ITV News

A Russian warship has been intercepted and tracked by the Royal Navy as it passes through the English Channel.

The vessel was monitored and escorted by the heavily-armed HMS Argyll. The Plymouth-based frigate, which has a crew of 185, intercepted the warship and two other ships as they headed home after a deployment in the Mediterranean.

The 4,900-ton Type 23 frigate used its Lynx helicopter and hi-tech sensors to locate the vessels off the French coast and track them as they entered the Channel.

The MoD say the Royal Navy took over from French surveillance, in line with the Nato agreement.

It is not thought they have entered UK waters.

As part of her routine business as the Royal Navy’s Fleet Ready Escort, Plymouth-based HMS Argyll has tracked and monitored three Russian ships making their way east through the English Channel. No exercises have been observed.

– MOD Spokesperson


Plymouth warship seizes cocaine in the Caribbean

HMS Argyll on counter-narcotic duty in the Caribbean Credit: MoD

The Plymouth-based warship, HMS Argyll, has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of £21 million. It followed a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean.

The Type 23 frigate is on counter-narcotic operations in the region and was tasked to pursue a suspicious boat. The ship used its sea boats and Lynx helicopter to detain the crew and seize the drugs.

The crew of HMS Argyll seized 18 bags of cocaine with a street value of £21 million Credit: MoD

Five people found on board the boat were detained in HMS Argyll and handed over to US justice on Friday (22 August).

The Royal Navy has a hard-earned record of tackling illegal drugs smuggling and we should be extremely proud that HMS Argyll has been involved in a dramatic and very successful operation to disrupt the supply. The operation showed tenacity and professionalism.

– Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois