Unusually high levels of Russian activity in Channel and North Sea

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Nine Royal Navy vessels have shadowed seven Russian warships after detecting “unusually high levels of activity” in the Channel and North Sea.

Nine British ships have been shadowing seven Russian vessels in waters around the UK – as the Royal Navy has been preparing to help the NHS and other government departments deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

A Navy statement said: ‘As the Royal Navy prepares to help the NHS and other Government departments deal with the response to the coronavirus outbreak, nine British ships have been shadowing seven Russian vessels in waters around the UK. ‘The Navy has completed a concentrated operation to shadow the Russian warships after unusually high levels of activity in the English Channel and North Sea.

Type 23 frigates HMS Kent, HMS Sutherland, HMS Argyll and HMS Richmond joined Offshore Patrol Vessels HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey along with RFA Tideforce, RFA Tidespring and HMS Echo for the large-scale operation with support from Nato allies.’

Via Sky News

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