UK and Dutch Vessels Meet with Russian Destroyer

UK Navy’s HMS Lancaster, a Portsmouth based frigate, was joined by two Dutch ships to meet with a Russian destroyer travelling through the English Channel.


HMS Lancaster was requested to monitor the transit of the Russian Naval ship, Admiral Levchenko through the busy waterway.

They met off the west coast of France and after passing through the Dover Straits, Lancaster was joined by the Dutch ships, HMNLS Evertsen and HMNLS Freisland with the ships sailing in formation for several hours.

Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Laughton MBE, said: “Sailing at short notice for this operational tasking, HMS Lancaster successfully intercepted and monitored a Russian warship on her passage through the UK’s area of interest.

“This is very much normal activity for the Royal Navy and I know my team have relished the opportunity to play their part.”

Press Release, July 15, 2014; Image: UK Navy

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