Russian warships being tracked in Channel and North Sea by Royal Navy– Nine British ships have been shadowing seven Russian vessels in waters around…

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The Royal Navy says ships have been shadowing seven Russian warships

The Royal Navy has confirmed it is ‘shadowing’ seven Russian warships.

It follows ‘unusually high levels of activity’ by Russian vessels off the British coastline.

A Navy statement said: ‘As the Royal Navy prepares to help the NHS and other Government departments deal with the response to the coronavirus outbreak, nine British ships have been shadowing seven Russian vessels in waters around the UK.

‘The Navy has completed a concentrated operation to shadow the Russian warships after unusually high levels of activity in the English Channel and North Sea.’

HMS Echo has been shadowing seven Russian ships alongside eight other Royal Navy vessels in UK waters Picture: Royal Navy

HMS Echo has been shadowing Russian ships alongside eight other Royal Navy vessels in UK waters (Picture: Royal Navy)

HMS Argyll has been shadowing seven Russian ships alongside eight other Royal Navy vessels in UK waters Picture: Royal Navy

HMS Argyll is also on patrol alongside several Navy ships (Picture: Royal Navy)

Type 23 frigates, including HMS Kent, HMS Sutherland, HMS Argyll and HMS Richmond are now out on patrol.

They were joined by several Offshore Patrol Vessels, including HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey along with RFA Tideforce, RFA Tidespring and HMS Echo for the large-scale operation.

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They have also received support from Nato allies, the Royal Navy said.

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