The Royal Navy monitors a Russian ship across the English Channel

HMS Mersey followed the Russian tanker Akademik Pashin across the English Channel.

The Royal Navy says here that following HMS Portland’s recent tracking of two Russian submarines in the UK area of ​​interest, the Portsmouth-based patrol vessel HMS Mersey was called in to monitor the Pashin’s movements from the sea from the North, through the Strait of Dover and along the Channel leg to the open waters of the North Atlantic.

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

Commander, Lieutenant Commander James Mitchell, was quoted as saying:

“It has been a team effort, working with our NATO partners monitoring the movements of Russian ships across the North Sea and English Channel. While most of the UK has experienced record breaking summer hot, the Mersey is just one of many Royal Naval vessels to maintain a continuous presence at sea, protecting UK interests.

Pashin continued her voyage across the Atlantic, while HMS Mersey resumed patrols in her home waters.

The Royal Navy added:

“Together with her sister patrol boats HMS Tyne and Severn, she provides the Royal Navy with a constant presence in and around British waters, monitoring contacts of interest, keeping an eye out for illegal activity and ready to support the Management Organization navy to ensure that fishermen of all nationalities respect the rules and quotas when trawling in our fishing grounds.