Royal Navy HMS Somerset escorting Russian submarine Krasnodar through the English Channel, LPhot Dan Rosenbaum (Crown Copyright, 2017)

Russian Submarine Sighted in English Channel

HMS Somerset Escorts Russian Submarine Through the English Channel

On Saturday 6th May 2017, The Royal Navy dispatched HMS Somerset, a Type 23 Frigate, to escort a Russian submarine through the English Channel. The Russian Kilo-class attack submarine Krasnodar had been deployed was transiting through the English Channel. A Merlin helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose also joined HMS Somerset and a support tug south west of the Isle of Wight before returning to base.

Krasnodar is a new diesel-electric project 636.3 submarine that came into service on November 5, 2015, with a flag raising ceremony in Saint Petersburg. She is the fourth in the project 636.3 six-submarine series.

Commander Tim Berry, commanding officer of HMS Somerset, said:

Policing the sea both in home waters and further afield is core business for the Royal Navy. Escorting foreign warships, in this case a Russian submarine, through UK waters is just part of our ongoing effort to protect our island nation.

According to the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, Altai and Dubna supply and support vessels of the Russian Northern Fleet also sailed through the English Channel en route to the Baltic on their return from a long-range mission that began October 15, 2016.

Photo: Type 23 Frigate HMS Somerset escorting a Russian submarine through the English Channel by LPhot Dan Rosenbaum
RNAS Yeovilton (Crown Copyright, 2017).

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