A ROYAL Navy frigate was called into action after Russia sent two of its warships into the narrowest part of the English Channel.
The mighty anti-submarine destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov was spotted steaming through the Dover Strait without permission on Monday.
Royal Navy In December, HMS Sutherland (near) was sent to the edge of the Channel to intercept the Vice Admiral Kulakov
The vessel, one of the largest of its kind in the Russian fleet, was bound for the North Sea after months at sea in the Mediterranean.
Following the approach of the 7,900-tonne warship, the Royal Navy deployed one of its own Type 23 frigates to intercept it.
The British vessel, which Navy chiefs have not identified, is the latest in a line of ships used to monitor Russian warships passing through British waters.
A second unidentified Russian ship was also intercepted elsewhere off the British coast, revealed the Navy.
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A spokesman from the Navy told The News: “We can confirm a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate escorted two Russian Navy ships through the UK area of interest over the weekend.”
The Russian ship has been proceeding on its long voyage for more than three months.
The Kulakov earlier visited Limassol (Cyprus) and Salalu (Oman), Alexandria (Egypt) and Lisbon (Portugal).
In April, we told how the Navy tailed Russian warships as they steam towards the English Channel – for the third time in just six months.