This is routine business for the Royal Navy and the second time my ship’s company have undertaken such an escort duty this summer

Commander Ben Keith, the Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond

The Udaloy-class destroyer Severomorsk and Slava-class cruiser Marshal Ustinov have just finished taking part in the Russian Navy Days event in the Baltic port of St Petersburg and are now deploying out of the area.

Overnight HMS Diamond has maintained watch in UK waters, monitoring the Russian warships as they approach the UK coast.

As the ships entered the busy shipping lanes between Norfolk and continental Europe, Diamond manoeuvred into formation alongside them and made them aware of her presence.

The ships were then escorted towards the Dover strait, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

HMS Diamond continues to monitor the ships, remaining with them as they transit past Dover and along the south coast of England, after which they are expected to continue south, exiting the UK area of interest.