A Royal Navy warship has been photographed sailing towards the Black Sea, days after the Senior Service escorted another Russian warship through the English Channel.
HMS Daring, commonly described as the most advanced anti-air warfare vessel in the world, was pictured in the Bosphorus with the Royal Navy's newest type of helicopter - the Wildcat Mk2 - on deck.
The Portsmouth-based warship can tackle possible air and surface threats with her combination of surveillance radars and Sea Viper missiles.
The Royal Navy announced on Monday that Daring has been providing security and reassurance to shipping in the Middle East.
It said the Type 45 destroyer has protected 800,000 tonnes of merchant shipping during 20 journeys through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait.
She has now handed over those duties to Plymouth-based HMS Monmouth, after seven and a half months in the Middle East.
It comes after Forces News was given exclusive access to Royal Navy offshore patrol vessel HMS Severn, which was taken away from fishery protection duties to track the Russian Navy's landing ship Korolev.