Royal Navy warship escorts Russian Navy vessels across the English Channel | Science | New
The Russian ships were watched by British and Irish defense forces last week as they carried out a U-turn in the Irish Sea. The ships had originally traveled north from the Mediterranean and were spotted off the southern coast of Ireland, on their way back to Russia via the Irish Sea or the English Channel, routes frequently taken by ships. enjoying rights of passage in international waters. However, on Tuesday morning, the group reversed course and started heading south again.
Irish air and sea forces have been mobilized to watch the ships, which Britain’s Royal Navy is also tracking.
The group consists of at least two warships and a tanker.
The latest position shows that the fleet is still followed by HMS Richmond from the southeast coast of Kent.
Vessel Traffic Tracking Application, shipfinder.com clearly shows the Russian Navy cruiser Marshal Ustinov, the destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov and the support ship Vyazma heading into the North Sea towards the Netherlands.
The Royal Navy is expected to hand over surveillance of the Russian fleet to HNLMS Rotterdam once the ships arrive closer to Dutch waters.
HNLMS Rotterdam is part of the Royal Netherlands Navy and is currently sailing in the North Sea awaiting the arrival of the Russian fleet.
French warships also keep watch on Russian ships as they transit the busy waterway, with the Flamant also escorting them along the way.
Tension has remained high on the seas since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with British Navy assets actively tracking and exposing Russian submarines and surface ships.
Elsewhere, the Russian Navy saw the United States send surveillance planes rushing in to monitor a Russian nuclear submarine in the Malta-Sicily channel in the Mediterranean Sea.
The attack or cruise submarine is believed to be operating in the area.
A P8 aircraft was deployed to search for the vessels.
According to Naval News, sources said: “It is not known how long the submarine has been operating there.
“The simplest explanation is that it deployed there to replace the Slava-class cruiser Marshal Ustinov which left the Mediterranean on August 24.
“As Ustinov sails defiantly between the UK and Ireland, the submarine may have slipped in the Mediterranean.
“In a sense, the cruiser provides a distraction.”
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Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that the submarine spent hours on Friday in which intense US Navy patrol aircraft activity ensued, with two Boeing P8 jets aimed at a small stretch of sea , flying over it in concentric circles in search of the submarine.
The submarine could be one of three general types: a nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN); an Oscar-II class cruise missile submarine (SSGN), which is armed with 24 powerful Granit supersonic anti-ship missiles (SS-N-19 Shipwreck); or one of the Russian Navy’s latest Severodvinsk-class SSGNs, which carry much more modern cruise missiles capable of both anti-ship and land-attack missions and are also quieter and considered more powerful .
The deployment of Russian ships in the Mediterranean is considered an “external defense” for operations in the Black Sea.
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Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 15 Russian ships have been destroyed or sunk to the bottom of the sea.
Flagship destroyer Moskva was on the list of sunken Russian ships after two Ukrainian anti-ship missiles hit the ship.
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