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Tango0115 Apr 2017 9:42 p.m. PST

… The English Channel By The Royal Navy,

"* Two Russian warships were spotted sailing through the North Sea this morning, Ministry of Defence confirms
* They will continue through the English Channel but it is not clear what their final destination will be
* Top military officer warned that there is now more Russian naval activity in Europe than in the Cold War
* Tensions between Britain and Russia are severely heightened after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled a trip to Moscow over
* Putin's support for Syria following a chemical attack which killed 87 civilians

The Royal Navy will escort two Russian warships through the English Channel tonight after they were spotted sailing through the North Sea towards Dover today.

Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland located the two ships in the early hours of this morning.

The Ministry of Defence published photographs of the ships today and said Royal Navy sailors will be keeping watch on their every movement by using state-of-the-art radars to track their course and speed…"
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Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 2:56 a.m. PST

"Putin taunts Britain again" ……er, how exactly? The English Channel is an international waterway and available for use by vessels of any nation going about their lawful business. If they enter our territorial waters and engage in a mock bombardment of Littlehampton, then it might merit some concern, but this?

Daily Fail at its worst.

Tgunner16 Apr 2017 5:25 a.m. PST

They are probably heading to the Med to shadow US warships? It might make Assad feel a little better.

Rich Bliss16 Apr 2017 7:17 a.m. PST

Amazing that Russia has enough money to put two more ships at sea.

Tgunner16 Apr 2017 7:37 a.m. PST

Well, it isn't him taunting, but I'm sure this guy wouldn't be shooting off his mouth with out Vlad's input:

Russia quickly hit back saying the cancellation 'once again confirms doubts about the added value of dialogue with the British' and said the UK has 'no real influence on the course of international affairs, remaining 'in the shadow' of other countries.

That is taunting. I'm sure the two corvettes are a twist of the dagger so to speak.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 9:56 a.m. PST

All two of them?

We have no navy anymore.
Someone failed to,use media space for something useful
Someone has some fear to sell for the benefits of another…

Two corvettes….

zoneofcontrol17 Apr 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

What is it with sailors and "escorts"?

Tango0117 Apr 2017 10:38 a.m. PST

Why they have to Scorted them.?… If the English Channel is an Internation Waterway… what is the purpose?… you can follow them by radar, satellite or air…


Lion in the Stars17 Apr 2017 5:31 p.m. PST

They're warships within shooting range of your coast, Armand. You have someone follow them just in case someone gets mind-blowingly stupid and starts something.

And you get a little info about what the other guys do, give your sailors something different to do. It's all good and utterly normal operations. If the Argentine Navy has any ships still seaworthy, you'd send one or two out to watch the US Navy if we were that close.

Tango0118 Apr 2017 10:51 a.m. PST

Ah!… thanks my friend…

Well… we have not more Navy ships for the moment… (smile).

Only Coast Guard patrols…


28mm Fanatik18 Apr 2017 11:52 a.m. PST

What is it with sailors and "escorts"?

What is it with sailors and seamen?

Tgunner18 Apr 2017 1:31 p.m. PST

All two of them?

Well, in pure numbers that a bit more than 10% of the UK's total surface fleet which numbers around 19 frigates and destroyers. So in RN terms that is a major task force/battle group.

So yeah, both of them represent a major threat to the UK.


Lion in the Stars19 Apr 2017 3:29 a.m. PST

@Tango: Then you'd have a couple of those Coast Guard ships tail the USN as we sailed by. Standard operating procedure.

After all, those Russian ships could be packing a few nukes on land-attack cruise missiles, so unless you had a ship already on-scene, there's no way to intercept the cruise missiles.

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