London, Dec. 27 (TNS): A British frigate shadowed a Russian warship through the North Sea near UK waters on Christmas Day, the Royal Navy revealed, UK media reported.
HMS St Albans monitored the Admiral Gorsdhkov’s “activity in areas of national interest”, it said.
The Admiral Gorshkov, a new guided-missile frigate, is still undergoing trials, Russian media report.
The Royal Navy says there has been a recent “upsurge in Russian units transiting UK waters”.
HMS St Albans was sent on Saturday to “keep watch on the new Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov as it passed close to UK territorial waters”, the Royal Navy said.
The British frigate remained at sea on Monday, monitoring the Russian vessel, and was due to return to Portsmouth on Tuesday.
“I will not hesitate in defending our waters or tolerate any form of aggression,” Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said.
“Britain will never be intimidated when it comes to protecting our country, our people, and our national interests.”