Caught On Tape: British Navy "Escorts" Russian Warships Through English Channel

Tyler Durden's picture

British Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland “located” and escorted two Russian corvettes, ‘Soobrazitelny’ and ‘Boiky’, while the vessels were passing through English Channel during a naval exercise.

The two Russian ships were “spotted” by the Royal Navy on Friday, and, as RT reports, subsequently escorted while passing through the English Channel in international waters.

The Russian embassy was not impressed...

“HMS Sutherland is carefully marking these Russian ships as they pass close to UK waters. The Royal Navy maintains a vigilant watch and is always ready to keep Britain safe,” Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said in a statement.

The corvettes (frigates in NATO classification), accompanied by a fuel tanker and an ocean-going tug, were performing naval exercises, according to Russian Navy officials.

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Golden Showers's picture

That's all you need to know.

Belrev's picture

A million Russian troops were on that ship ready to land and totally invade the UK, but that British escort ship stopped them cold in their tracks.

Rory_Breaker's picture

They were stealing the fish from the waters too

Belrev's picture

Always amazes me that countries that have troops all over the world, bomb and invade others every year, then turn around and act with self-righteous indignation when Russian ships pass near their territorial waters.

HowdyDoody's picture

The US has dumped some F-35s on the UK. Soon these money buckets will be involved in the action - assuming the weathr is right.

AVmaster's picture


Self-fullfilling their own warmongering paranoia....

MANvsMACHINE's picture

The Russians were only coming to get some of those delicious fish and chips we've all heard about.

eforce's picture

I guess the Royal Navy just couldn't Frigete about it...

thisandthat's picture

Russia to UK: "We don't need no stinking escort bitches. Stop soliciting!"

quadraspleen's picture

"British Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland “saw” and "followed" two Russian corvettes

Fixed it for them

SoDamnMad's picture

Tug. Can't go anywhere without a good tow-truck. Guess no one accepts Russian Visa cards.

HowdyDoody's picture

It's there as a friendly gesture. The latest UK navy ships have engines that don't work when the sea water is too hot. The Russians would give them a tow back.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

The Type 45 is fabulous except it has precisely half the power supply it needs. thus you can sail it and look mean, or sit dead in the water and fight it.

We normally keep one "on Patrol" in home waters, based in Portsmouth. So, if the Russkis chose to sail near Portsmouth it can nip out and pose at them. That said, last time I went past the dockyard there were 2 of thisd type in.

However, the vessel we sent out onn this occasion was a previous generation Type 23. Actually a very good ship, with a proper power supply. Can fight and sail all at the same time, can you imagine. Albeit, due to some Health & Safety arsewit at MoD Abbeywood, it can no longer fire through the bridge. Hmm. So, we sent out a Type 23 which was actually capable of engaging with the Russians had the need arisen, which it didn't/wouldn't. Presumably Vlad is smiling quietly at our choice of vessel for the task.

Seems procurement is just as fubar both sides of the Atlantic (ref. QE Class carrier without cat & trap, F35 esp F35B, Zumwalt, Aegis, etc).

Dark star's picture

I wouldn't like to be on a Zumwalt in a heavy sea.

There is no reserve buoyancy in the bow when it sticks its nose into a steep trough; instead of the bow lifting, the ship will keep on going to the bottom of the sea.

Compare the shape with a normal flared bow which has huge reserves of bouyancy as it digs deeper into the water.

thunderchief's picture

Keep Britain safe, except from the Saudi Wahabists and their ilk.

Come on in Brothers!

Fiberton's picture

Russia has no business having ships anywhere near there. They do this stuff on purpose to get reactions. Like the chicks on the internet no one knows so they flash some boob to get viewers. " Hey look at me " Not sure why the desperation by Russia.

Librarian's picture

Those are actually Ukrainian chicks.

You need to be more tolerant of ethnic diversity.


whatsupdoc's picture

What are you on exactly?  I hope its legal.

MiTasol's picture


If Russia wishes to move one of their vessels from their Arctic Sea bases to their Black Sea or Mediterranean bases then they are perfectly entitled to do so via the shortest route through the international waterway known as the English Channel.

SoDamnMad's picture

Right. And no one stopped them.

HalinCA's picture

Absolutely correct!  They are just out for manuvers to practice replenishment

KALININGRAD, April 14. / Corr. Tass Nuyakshev /. Detachment of ships of the Baltic Fleet as part of Corvettes "Courageous" and "savvy", the sea tug MB-123 tanker and "Cola" was released in the North Atlantic, he told Tass Fleet spokesman Roman Martov.

"The detachment of ships, which left the military harbor of the port of Baltiysk 7 April, in difficult weather conditions, successfully passed through the Kattegat, Skagerrak and went out into the North Atlantic", - Martov said.

In the open sea the crews will work restocking of water and fuel tankers using "Cola". Ships will also hold joint maneuvers and communication exercises in the order. Martial calculations corvettes When asked to find surface ships and submarines conventional enemy and electronic triggers Weapons simulated targets.

The crews of helicopters Ka-27PL fleet of naval aviation, which are on the "Boyko" and "ingenuity" will conduct antisubmarine exercises using sonar is lowered.

They are the newest class of Russian corvette:


EvilScientist's picture

Get a map! And btw, "freedom of navigation" is something that just counts if it serves your own interest?

shutterbug's picture

You are a special kind of braindead zombie...

please post more of these utterly moronic reactions and the proof to the world how stupid you really are.

Going thru the channel is the shortest route for ships, and everybody has the right to do that, INCLUDING warships when not at war.

Zombies like you are 99% of the reason wars exists.

Volkodav's picture

      non compos mentis

quadraspleen's picture

"Russia has no business having ships anywhere near there"

What? in International waters? How very dare they!

(ps don't tell the US - they sail next to China all the time)

sushi's picture

Russia has no business having ships


Fixed it for you.

The Chinese are only permitted junks.

SoDamnMad's picture

The distance from Dover to the nearest coast of France is approximately 22 miles. That makes it essentially 12 miles of national soverign territory out from both England and France.  Both countries are nice enough to allow free passage through the Channel  just as Turkey allows free passage through the Boshorus for ships going to and from the Back Sea. I am not convinced the Chinese might let anyone, especially the US, sail that close to Mainland China.

shutterbug's picture

It has nothing to do with being "nice enough" and everything with international shipping agreements.

Get your facts complete ... not only the part You Like.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

It's normal, sensible action by Russia to see how well we react (and with what). Hardly a surprise given the recent actions of America, Britains major ally.

So now they have reaffirmed we are vigilant, and do react promptly, but with Type 23 not Type 45 (cos one works and the other doesn't).

logang's picture

Nonsense. Coming from the Baltic, going round the north of Scotland would be a big detour.

BritBob's picture

Ruskies can't be trusted.

Russia tells Britain give back Gibraltar & Falklands before telling US what to do.

RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017)

Do the Spanish have a claim to the Rock? Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law:

Perhaps not.

Funny thing to say when Argentina has never legally owned the Falklands. So how can they 'be returned' ?

Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:


BarkingCat's picture

Oh look, it is back.

Must have run out of pizza.

tuetenueggel's picture

Paranoid anglo-saxons.
Big Mouth, small balls.

Kaeako's picture

What's paranoid about it?

besnook's picture

is that the same british navy that used to rule the world but on its last outing was nearly demolished by the argentinian exocet(french made) missile and ancient 500 pound bombs?

dark fiber's picture

Yeah and the same navy that used a WWII Mk8 torp to sink the Belgrano.  What is your point?   Ancient stuff works, the modern MIC junk, well, so and so.

HowdyDoody's picture

Watch yer backs. The Brit Navy boys are buggering around again.

Thom Paine's picture

Holy fuck. Corvettes had them weeing their pants?

What is this, 1545?

UK just America's little puppy dog.

Kaeako's picture

I suspect that this is more of a "I fart in your general direction" kind of thing. It's a daring assessment, I know.

frogface's picture

Amurika just Israel`s little puppy dog.

Ghostbusters's picture

It is called Globalism my gentle friends because they have no nation.  They certainly hide behind and in Israel and use the corporation of the US as their military arm but their operation is global and has no single HQ.  It certainly has some of its main tentacles in London, DC, and Rome but don't forget Hong Kong or NY or Brussels or Frankfurt or Astana among others.  Know their symbols and their ideologies and you can find them or their influence almost every where.  Religion and ideologies are used as their tools to act on the ignoramus.  The truth shall set you free, which is why "Fake News" and "Conspiracy Theory" have been created and applied to derail debate among the plebs.  The debate is neatly framed to support the their wolrdview and though many are starting to wake up to the charade, true progress and civilized cultural evolution will take generations of well-informed, internationally organized, and determined citizens.  May God be with us (no, not that angry bearded man in the sky, see religion as a tool of control based on human psychology, but rather the Greek kosmos or natural order of the world)!

squid's picture

As if.....

The Russian Navy would have alerted the Royal Navy of the passage as a courtesy.


This article is all bullshit.





Zero-risk bias's picture

Reminds me of traveling through Russia by train and being asked to leave the compartment while the soldier and his German Shepherd spent some quality time with my luggage. I guess it's all just healthy paranoia.

SoDamnMad's picture

I got the most professional treatment by Russian Customs at Moscow Airport (Sheremetyevo). They would not open my bag until I was present.  They told me where they wanted to look at something and I pulled it out for their inspection.   ALL over the US TSA has opened my bag, jumbled everything up, let bagged items loose and then left me one of their cards.  I will continue to fly Aeroflot across the Atlantic and have yet to be assaulted by security guards or police.

Zero-risk bias's picture

Fair enough. I wasn't trying to dissuade those claiming that Russian security weren't within their rights. As to airlines, not sure Aeroflot's track record of safe landings has me convinced, but as you say about TSA, that's precisely why I won't be flying to the US any time soon. A smile goes a long way.

Stinkytofu's picture

Chinese Type 88 frigate CMS Kungphooey “located” and escorted three American aircraft carriers, 'Ronald Reagan' 'Gary Cooper'

and 'Lady Gaga', while the vessels were passing through Yellow Sea during a naval exercise.


CMS Kungphooey is carefully marking these American ships as they pass close to PRC waters. The PLA Navy maintains a vigilant

watch and is always ready to keep our China safe,” Defence Minister Wun Ah Wei said in a statement.

Omen IV's picture

Escort - keeping UK

Nothing but nonsense and clowns

zeroboris's picture

“HMS Sutherland is carefully marking these Russian ships as they pass close to UK waters. The Royal Navy maintains a vigilant watch and is always ready to keep Britain safe,” Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said in a statement.

Don't forget to escort Fyodor Konyukhov when he'll row close to UK waters in his boat next time. He may be dangerous.