THE Royal Navy has been shadowing seven Russian warships after "unusually high levels of activity" were reported in the Channel and the North Sea.
It is unclear what the foreign vessels were doing in UK waters.
Three Steregushchiy-class corvettes, two Ropucha-class landing ships and two Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates were spotted in British seas, along with their auxiliary ships and tugs.
The Royal Navy says it monitored the movements of the ships using radar, surveillance cameras and sensors, tracking their course and speed.
HMS Kent, HMS Sutherland, HMS Argyll and HMS Richmond joined HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey along with RFA Tideforce, RFA Tidespring and HMS Echo to shadow the ships with support from NATO allies.
Lieutenant Nick Ward, HMS Tyne’s Executive Officer, said: “This is very much part of routine business for HMS Tyne and represents one of the many roles our patrol vessels perform in support of the Royal Navy’s commitments.
“This is our core business and represents an enduring commitment to uphold the security of the UK.”
Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne spent more than a week working in the English Channel, keeping a close eye on the Russian vessels as they passed the south coast.
HMS Sutherland also watched over the Russians as part of her duties with NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group One.
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