HMS Argyll intercepts Russian Frigate

A Royal Navy warship has tracked a Russian frigate off the coast of France and monitored her movement through the English Channel.

HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate fitted with advanced Artisan radar, used her Lynx helicopter and sensors to locate and monitor the movement of the Russian warship as she returned from a Mediterranean deployment.

Under the NATO agreement whereby alliance nations co-operate to monitor activity, the Royal Navy took over from French surveillance and sent the Fleet Ready Escort, a warship maintained at high-readiness for tasks in UK waters.

The Russian warship Yaroslav Mudryy is a Neustrashimy class frigate and was sailing with her accompanying tanker, the Kola.  

We are one of the Royal Navy’s high readiness ships and we knew we could be called upon to respond a range of duties

Commander Paul Hammond RN

Commander Paul Hammond, Commanding Officer of HMS Argyll, said: “We are one of the Royal Navy’s high readiness ships and we knew we could be called upon to respond a range of duties, such as monitoring a Russian warship, at short notice. 

“The vast majority of the ship’s company, myself included, returned from a highly successful Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment just before Christmas. 

“To be ready to undertake this duty after a short period of leave and maintenance is a testimony to their hard work and the capability of this ship.”

Based in Plymouth, HMS Argyll is the longest-serving Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy.

She has recently completed a very successful deployment to the Caribbean and North Atlantic on Atlantic Patrol Task (North). 

During that deployment she successful seized £77million of drugs, assisted Bermuda following Hurricane Gonzalo and hosted a Royal visit.