Royal Navy warship escorts Russian destroyer through English Channel
Royal Navy warship keeps close eye on Russian missile destroyer as it passes through English Channel on its way home from the Med
- Devonport-based Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland met a Russian destroyer
- The Severomorsk, a Udaloy-class guided missile destroyer, passed the UK today
- Escorted through the English Channel on way to home port after operations
A Royal Navy warship escorted a Russian destroyer through the English Channel this afternoon.
Devonport-based Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland was scrambled to meet the Severomorsk, a Udaloy-class guided missile destroyer earlier today.
The destroyer was making its way back to its home port in Russia after operations in the Mediterranean.
Devonport-based Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland was scrambled to meet the Severomorsk, a Udaloy-class guided missile destroyer earlier today
And the Navy protected UK waters from threat by escorting the foreign ship through the English Channel.
A navy spokesman said: ‘The Russian ship passed through the English Channel on the way back to her home port after operations in the Mediterranean.
‘HMS Northumberland is one of the Royal Navy’s ships kept at high readiness to protect the integrity of UK waters.’
Commander Ally Pollard, HMS Northumberland’s commanding officer, said: ‘This has been a particularly intense period for HMS Northumberland.
‘It is credit to the team on board that they have been able to switch from the demands of anti-submarine warfare to conduct escorting duties through home waters with such ease.
‘This is normal business for the Royal Navy, being prepared at all times to respond to any foreign warships in the UK’s area of interest.’
On May 30, 2017 the Russian ship passed through the Dover Straight of the English Channel towards the North Sea after taking part in operations in the Mediterranean.
At the time Russian Captain Vadim Serga told the Daily Star: ‘Today, large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet, Severomorsk, passed through the Dover Strait, the narrowest part of the English Channel, and then the Russian ship will cross the strait zone to the North Sea and then to the North-east Atlantic areas.’
2 × 4 SS-N-14 “Silex” anti-submarine missile lanchers
8 × 8 SA-N-9 “Gauntlet” surface-to-air missile launchers
2 × SA-N-11 “Kortik” surface-to-air missile launchers
2 × 100mm / 70 caliber Dual-Purpose (DP_ deck guns
4 × 30mm Close-in weapon systems (CIWSs)
2 × 4 553mm SS-N-C5 torpedo tube
2 × RBU- 6000 Anti-submarine rocket launchers
Range: 10,502 nautical miles
Speed: 35 knots (40mph)
Size: (l) 534.6ft beam – 63ft
1 × 32-cell Sea Wolf GWS.26 VLS canisters for 32:
Sea Wolf (range 1–10 km) or Sea Ceptor missiles (1-25+ km)
2 × quad Harpoon launchers
2 × twin 12.75 in (324 mm) Sting Ray torpedo tubes
1 × BAE 4.5 inch Mk 8 naval gun
2 × 30 mm DS30M Mk2 guns, or, 2 × 30 mm DS30B guns
2 × Miniguns
4 × General-purpose machine guns
Range: 7,500 nautical miles
Speed: 28 knots (32mph)
Size: (l) 436ft
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