HMS Tyne monitors Russian ships in UK waters

The Royal Navy has kept close watch on two Russian ships operating off the east coast of Scotland.

Patrol ship HMS Tyne has been monitoring the actions of intelligence-gathering vessel Viktor Leonov and her supporting tanker Sergey Osipov which have been sailing around the Moray Firth.

But it seems nothing too sinister is occurring as the Royal Navy says Tyne observed the Russian vessels as they sheltered from Storm Aiden and carried out replenishment operations, before the Osipov left UK waters.

“It was apparent these two ships were making use of the shelter from the high winds and inclement seas of Storm Aiden, and Tyne remained close by to monitor their activity,” says Lieutenant Justin Shirtcliff, the ship’s operations officer.

“HMS Tyne and her sailors remain ready for short-notice tasking, whatever the weather, wherever the task.

It’s the third time in a month that the patrol ship has shadowed foreign warships in home waters.

Tyne shadowed a group of Russian warships including corvette Vasily Bykov, a Kilo-class submarine, and its accompanying support vessel, an ocean-going tug, and the Smolny, a cadet training ship, as it transited through UK waters.

In addition to monitoring duties, Tyne has also conducted her regular duties safeguarding the UK’s fishing stock by checking hauls of vessels encountered off the east coast of the UK.

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