HMS Forth monitors a Russian ship through the English Channel (Picture: Royal Navy).
A Royal Navy patrol ship has been deployed to shadow a Russian ship through the English Channel.
Portsmouth-based HMS Forth had just returned to UK waters from her first foreign port visit when it was ordered to monitor the Russian patrol ship Vasily Bykov.
A Navy spokesman said: "Forth had departed Gibraltar on 31 July, before heading north at speed and conducting heavy weather trials before a quick logistics stop in Devonport.
"She then sailed and positioned herself ready to meet the Vasily Bykov as the vessel sailed from the North Sea having taken part in Russia's Navy Days celebration in St Petersburg."
HMS Forth's executive officer, Lieutenant Samuel Fields, said: "It has been a particularly busy time for HMS Forth as we generate for deployed operations and continue to test our ship's capabilities.
"I am proud of the ship's company for rising to this additional challenge."
The Vasily Bykov was previously shadowed by HMS Forth through the UK's area of interest last month.
Over the weekend, HMS Westminster was also deployed to shadow the Chinese warship Xian through the English Channel.