York completes a week shadowing Russia’s biggest warship around the British Isles*
20 December 2011
HMS York has returned to Portsmouth after spending the past week
shadowing the activities of Russia’s biggest warship, the Admiral
Kuznetsov, around the British Isles.
The destroyer observed the movements of the carrier and her task group
of half a dozen escorts and support vessels off Scotland and the west
coast of Ireland, where the Kuznetsov conducted flying operations with
her Su-33 Flanker jets.
in to land on the deck of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral
Kuznetsov is a Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker jet under the watchful eyes of a
Russian Helix helicopter – and HMS York.
Portsmouth-based destroyer has spent a week shadowing and observing
Russia’s biggest warship and her task group as she made her way around
the British Isles.
was alerted as the Fleet Ready Escort – the on-call frigate or
destroyer which responds to events at short notice – earlier this month
and greeted the Kuznetsov task group, northeast of the Orkneys, on
the first time the 55,000-tonne leviathan has deployed near UK waters
in a number of years and she elected to take shelter from the winter
weather in international waters off the Moray Firth for four days.
the weather finally abated, the carrier group – the Kuznetsov plus one
destroyer, a frigate, three tankers and an ocean-going tug – sailed
around the top of Scotland and into the Atlantic past western Ireland,
conducting flying operations when weather permitted with her Mach 2
Flankers and Helix helicopters in international airspace.
All the time the Kuznetsov, named after a wartime Soviet naval leader, has been under the gaze of HMS York.
the Fleet Ready Escort, York has maintained a watch on the Russian task
group, demonstrating clearly the Royal Navy's presence and conducting
our routine business around what are our home waters,” said York’s
Commanding Officer Cdr Rex Cox.
are well-practised in this type of operation and are ready to position
anywhere around the UK and provide appropriate presence when called
ship’s company have put in a cracking effort in some pretty challenging
weather conditions and are now looking forward to some well-deserved
Christmas leave and time with their families.”
With the Russian task group continuing south and away from UK home waters, the Type 42 has returned home to Portsmouth.
* Notícia publicada al lloc web de la Royal Navy. Hem cregut convenient compartir aquesta notícia, per tal de realitzar un seguiment del desplegament rus en motiu de la crisi de Síria.