Vice Admiral Kulakov with HMS Tyne in the background 191120 CREDIT Royal Navy

Royal Navy Monitors Russian Warships Sheltering Off Scottish Coast

HMS Tyne kept a close eye on four Russian vessels as they sheltered in the Moray Firth.

Vice Admiral Kulakov with HMS Tyne in the background 191120 CREDIT Royal Navy

The Royal Navy has monitored four Russian ships sheltered from rough weather off the east coast of Scotland.

River-class patrol ship HMS Tyne monitored two warships, an intelligence-gathering vessel and their supporting tanker as they carried out replenishment operations.

The four Russian vessels sheltered from the bad conditions in the Moray Firth as they travelled through the North Sea close to UK territorial waters.

"HMS Tyne routinely shadows Russian warships transiting in and around the UK’s waters," said the ship’s Executive Officer, Lieutenant Nick Ward.

"This operation, like many others, again demonstrates that the Royal Navy stands ready to protect the UK’s sovereignty every day of the year, in any weather."

The group of Russian ships included the Udaloy-class destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov, intelligence-gathering ship Viktor Leonov, frigate Steregushchy and the tanker Akademik Pashin.

HMS Tyne monitored the ships as they refuelled before continuing with their journey, the Royal Navy said.

Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne is part of the Navy’s commitment to protecting the UK's territorial waters.

The vessel recently carried out another operation also in the Moray Firth - monitoring the Viktor Leonov and supporting tanker Sergey Osipov as they carried out replenishment operations whilst sheltering from Storm Aiden.

Cover image: Russian ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov with the Royal Navy's HMS Tyne in the background (Picture: Royal Navy).