Russian warship sailing ‘close to the UK’ in the North Sea

Warship and tanker are being escorted in British waters, says the Royal Navy

HMS Portland, bottom, tracks the Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov and accompanying tanker Kama in international waters close to the UK. PA
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The Royal Navy is tracking a Russian warship sailing “close to the UK” through the North Sea.

The HMS Portland is monitoring the Russian guided missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov and accompanying tanker Kama as they sail in international waters near the UK, said the Royal Navy.

HMS Portland, a Type 23 frigate, joined the Norwegian Coast Guard vessel Bergen as the Russian ships moved south through the Norwegian Sea, the Royal Navy said.

It is tracking and reporting on the movements of the Russian ships through the North Sea.

“Escorting warships in UK territorial waters and the adjacent sea areas is routine activity for the Royal Navy," said HMS Portland’s Commander Ed Moss-Ward.

“By maintaining a visible and persistent presence, the Royal Navy ensures compliance with maritime law and deters malign activity to protect our nation’s interests.

“Escorting the Russian task group alongside forces from our Nato allies has demonstrated the UK’s commitment to the alliance and to maintaining maritime security.”

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HMS Portland left her home port of Plymouth on Saturday on patrol.

The frigate underwent a major refit in 2021 and is adept at surface warfare and hunting submarines, the Royal Navy said.

It spent much of last year patrolling waters close to the UK, with visits to Norway and Sweden, and working with Nato allies on the alliance’s submarine hunting exercise — Dynamic Mongoose — in the North Atlantic.

Updated: January 11, 2023, 9:29 PM