Portsmouth based Royal Navy warships shadow Russian attacks sub in English Channel

HMS Mersey shadowing Russian submarin Krasnodar at a distance. Credit: Royal Navy/PA Wire

A Russian attack submarine which passed through the English Channel during a surfaced journey from the Mediterranean has been shadowed by two Royal Navy warships.

The Kilo-class submarine, Krasnodar, was monitored by HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey during its voyage with its ocean-going tug Sergey Balk in support.

The Portsmouth-based navy ships took over the job of following the submarine from French light frigate FS Enseigne de vaisseau Jacoubet off the coast of Ushant Island in Brittany on Sunday.

Credit: Royal Navy/PA Wire

Lieutenant Justin Shirtcliff, HMS Tyne's operations officer, said: "Tyne responded in a co-ordinated effort with allies to shadow the Russian submarine and her escort while transiting the English Channel.

"This routine undertaking is an enduring task for the Royal Navy, in which Tyne and her sister ships of the Royal Navy's Overseas Patrol Squadron play a key role."

The Krasnodar is one of many Russian ships shadowed through the channel this year Credit: Royal Navy/PA Wire

Lieutenant Commander Will Edwards-Bannon, HMS Mersey's commanding officer, said: "It has been impressive to see, first-hand, the seamless co-ordination between allied ships and aircraft from various nations involved in this operation.

"I am very proud of the disciplined way in which my ship's company has responded to the challenge of maintaining our readiness for operations through the challenges of Covid-19 which, along with the support we receive from our families, has enabled Mersey to once again successfully play our part in protecting our nation's interests."