The Royal Navy follows a Russian ship across the English Channel

HMS Mersey follows the movement of a Russian tanker across the English Channel (Royal Navy)

Posted on August 24, 2022 4:04 PM by

The Maritime Executive

Royal Navy warship HMS Mersey followed the tanker of the Russian fleet Akademik Pashin across the Channel – the last ship of the Russian Navy


Follow HMS from Portland recent tracking of two Russian submarines in the UK area of ​​interest, the Portsmouth-based patrol vessel HMS Mersey was called upon to monitor the movements of Pashin from the North Sea, through the Strait of Dover and along the Channel leg to the North Atlantic.


The tanker is the first tanker built for the Russian Navy since the end of the Cold War, and it supplies Northern Fleet ships with the fuel they need to sustain operations.


“It has been a team effort, working with our NATO partners to monitor the movements of Russian ships across the North Sea and the English Channel,” said Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander James Mitchell.


“While most of the UK has experienced a record summer of hot weather, Mersey is just one of many Royal Naval vessels maintaining a continuous presence at sea, protecting British interests.”


The Pashin continued her Atlantic voyage, while HMS Mersey resumed patrols in territorial waters.


With her sister patrol boats HMS Tyne and SevernMersey maintains a constant presence in UK waters, monitoring contacts of interest and enforcing regulations.


At the end of July, the frigate HMS Portland monitored state-of-the-art Yasen-class sub-missile Severodvinsk and the Akula-class attack submarine Vepr as they headed south from the northern Russian Arctic.


The Type 23 frigate followed the submarines as they surfaced separately in the North Sea northwest of Bergen on July 16 and 19. NATO and allied forces took over follow-up duties as the submarines continued towards St. Petersburg.


HMS Portland with the attack submarine Sverodvinsk, July 2022 (Royal Navy)