Vice Admiral Kulakov being escorted through the channel by HMS Sutherland

Above image shows Vice Admiral Kulakov being escorted through the channel by HMS Sutherland last year.

The Royal Navy has confirmed that a Type 23 frigate was deployed after two Russian warships entered a "UK area of interest".

Anti-submarine destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov made it's way through the Dover Strait in the English Channel over the weekend.

In response, the Royal Navy deployed a ship, which has not been identified, to escort the vessel.

It did, however, confirm that a second Russian ship was intercepted elsewhere off the British Coast.

A Royal Navy spokesperson told Forces News:

"We can confirm a Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate escorted two Russian Navy ships through the UK area of interest over the weekend." 

HMS Mersey

The Royal Navy has escorted a number of Russian vessels in the English Channel this year.

The last time, patrol ship HMS Mersey was called on to locate the ships as they passed through the waters over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Intelligence ship Vasily Tatishchev, depot ship PM82 and frigate Severomorsk were all monitored.

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