HMS Severn escorts Russian landing ship through English Channel

Patrol ship HMS Severn has escorted a Russian landing ship through the English Channel.

Severn monitored the progress of the Korolev, a Ropucha-class landing ship, on Sunday [23 Apr 17] before resuming her usual maritime patrols in UK waters.

It was part of a busy patrol for the Portsmouth-based ship, which had also been conducting fishery protection activity, gunnery practice and exercises with other Royal Navy vessels.

Severn is one of four River-class patrol ships

Severn is one of four River-class patrol ships, three – Tyne, Severn and Mersey – conduct fishery protection and other duties around the UK, while HMS Clyde is permanently deployed to the Falkland Islands.

Earlier this month, Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland escorted two Russian warships through the Channel as they sailed through the Dover Straits from the North Sea.