A Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, HMS St Albans, shadowed the Russian missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov near British waters in the North Sea on Christmas Day.
The Russian newest guided-missile frigate was traversing the North Sea off the UK coast when the Royal Navy dispatched HMS St Albans to “keep watch on the new Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov as it passed close to UK territorial waters.”
Seen through the WESCAM of an @RNASCuldrose Merlin helicopter (829 NAS) – this is @HMSStAlbans escorting a Russian warship through the North Sea on Christmas Day. Always at high readiness, the ship & embarked aviators keep Britain’s waters safe all year. https://t.co/mXEJW2PV1j pic.twitter.com/3mQt362CaQ
— RNAS Culdrose (@RNASCuldrose) 26 December 2017
According to the Royal Navy, HMS St Albans scrambled a helicopter to monitor Admiral Gorshkov.
“I will not hesitate in defending our waters or tolerate any form of aggression. Britain will never be intimidated when it comes to protecting our country, our people, and our national interests,” Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said commeting on the issue. “Britain will never be intimidated when it comes to protecting our country, our people, and our national interests.”