Escorting foreign warships, in this case a Russian submarine, through UK waters is just part of our ongoing effort to protect our island nation

Commander Tim Berry, Commanding Officer of HMS Somerset

Last month, Somerset’s sister ship HMS Sutherland was called on to escort two Russian warships as they sailed close to UK territorial waters.

When on patrol in home waters, HMS Somerset may be called upon at any time to help prevent arms trafficking and people smuggling, and to conduct counter-terrorism operations, maritime search and rescue, or escort duties like those it has undertaken this weekend.