- Russia's new warship shadowed by Royal Navy as it sailed the English Channel
- Portsmouth-based minehunter HMS Hurworth monitored the Admiral Makarov
- The Admiral is the latest Russian warship to be watched over by the Royal Navy
Russia's newest warship has been shadowed by the Royal Navy as it sailed through the English Channel.
Portsmouth-based minehunter HMS Hurworth and a Wildcat HMA2 helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron based at Yeovilton were scrambled to monitor the Admiral Makarov.
The 4,000-tonne Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate is the latest in a number of Russian warships to be watched over by the Royal Navy as they sail close to UK shores.
The commanding officer of the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has spoken of the 'eye-watering' level of Russian naval activity in the Atlantic region in recent years.
A Royal Navy spokesman said: 'They are the latest Royal Navy assets to be activated over the summer to monitor the activity of Russian surface ships sailing in or close to the UK's sphere of interest.
'Patrol ship HMS Mersey, destroyer HMS Diamond and frigate Montrose have all been dispatched to observe Russian vessels passing the UK in the past two months.'
The RAF is also involved in monitoring Russian activity.
In January, two Russian Blackjack bombers were intercepted by the RAF over the North Sea.
Two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland but the Russian aircraft did not enter sovereign UK airspace.