Royal Navy warship HMS Tyne shadows Russian vessel off Scotland

A Royal Navy warship has intercepted a Russian spy vessel and submarine as Putin’s navy entered British waters three times in a month. 

The Navy today confirmed it had intercepted the vessels during a mission under ‘Defence Task One’, protecting the territorial integrity of Britain. 

Patrol ship HMS Tyne kept close watch on Viktor Leonov, an intelligence-gathering ship, and her supporting tanker Sergey Osipov.

They have been sailing around the Moray Firth, where they sheltered from Storm Aiden when it hit the country on October 31 and carried out replenishment operations before the Osipov left UK waters.

Patrol ship HMS Tyne has kept close watch on Viktor Leonov, an intelligence-gathering ship, (left) and her supporting tanker Sergey Osipov (right)

Patrol ship HMS Tyne has kept close watch on Viktor Leonov, an intelligence-gathering ship, (left) and her supporting tanker Sergey Osipov (right)

Patrol ship HMS Tyne has kept close watch on Viktor Leonov, an intelligence-gathering ship, (left) and her supporting tanker Sergey Osipov (right) 

The role of Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne (pictured) falls under Defence Task One - protecting the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom

The role of Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne (pictured) falls under Defence Task One - protecting the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom

The role of Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne (pictured) falls under Defence Task One – protecting the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom

In a separate incident, Tyne shadowed a group of Russian warships including corvette Vasily Bykov, a Kilo-class submarine, above, and her accompanying support vessel, an ocean-going tug

In a separate incident, Tyne shadowed a group of Russian warships including corvette Vasily Bykov, a Kilo-class submarine, above, and her accompanying support vessel, an ocean-going tug

In a separate incident, Tyne shadowed a group of Russian warships including corvette Vasily Bykov, a Kilo-class submarine, above, and her accompanying support vessel, an ocean-going tug

The role of Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne falls under Defence Task One – protecting the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom.

The incident comes just weeks after Tyne shadowed a group of Russian warships including corvette Vasily Bykov, a Kilo-class submarine and her accompanying support vessel, an ocean-going tug, through the English Channel. 

Lieutenant Justin Shirtcliff, the ship’s operations officer, said: ‘It was apparent these two ships were making use of the shelter from the high winds and inclement seas of Storm Aiden, and Tyne remained close by to monitor their activity. 

Patrol ship HMS Tyne has been monitoring the actions of intelligence-gathering vessel Viktor Leonov, pictured above, and her supporting tanker Sergey Osipov

Patrol ship HMS Tyne has been monitoring the actions of intelligence-gathering vessel Viktor Leonov, pictured above, and her supporting tanker Sergey Osipov

Patrol ship HMS Tyne has been monitoring the actions of intelligence-gathering vessel Viktor Leonov, pictured above, and her supporting tanker Sergey Osipov

The role of Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne falls under Defence Task One - protecting the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom. HMS Tyne pictured above

The role of Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne falls under Defence Task One - protecting the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom. HMS Tyne pictured above

The role of Portsmouth-based HMS Tyne falls under Defence Task One – protecting the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom. HMS Tyne pictured above 

They have been sailing around the Moray Firth, where they sheltered from Storm Aiden when it hit the country on October 31 and carried out replenishment operations before the Osipov left UK waters

They have been sailing around the Moray Firth, where they sheltered from Storm Aiden when it hit the country on October 31 and carried out replenishment operations before the Osipov left UK waters

They have been sailing around the Moray Firth, where they sheltered from Storm Aiden when it hit the country on October 31 and carried out replenishment operations before the Osipov left UK waters

Kilo-class submarine 

Kilo-class submarines were designed and built in the Soviet Union. 

They are diesel-electric attack submarines.  

Speed surfaced: 17 knots (20mph) 

Speed submerged: 20 knots (23mph) 

Range: 6,000-7,500 nmi 

Endurance: 45 days 

Length: 229 ft 8 in–242 ft 2 in 

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‘HMS Tyne and her sailors remain ready for short-notice tasking, whatever the weather, wherever the task.’ 

It is the third time in a month that the patrol ship has shadowed foreign warships in home waters – partly in conjunction with Nato allies. 

She was assisted by Portuguese frigate NRP Corte Real from Nato’s Standing Maritime Group 1, which ensured constant surveillance of the Russian units as they moved through UK waters.

Having handed over monitoring duties to the UK’s allies, Tyne headed south to observe another Russian unit, the Smolny, a cadet training ship, as it passed through UK waters. 

In addition to monitoring duties, Tyne has also conducted her regular duties safeguarding the UK’s fishing stock by checking hauls of vessels encountered off the east coast of the UK.

Lieutenant Commander Richard Skelton, Tyne’s commanding officer, said: ‘Tyne has once again shown the adaptability of the Royal Navy’s offshore patrol vessels and their crews.

‘We have quickly changed tasks from monitoring foreign warships to conducting boarding operations to protect our fisheries.

‘I am proud of the hard work from the ship’s company that has made this possible.’

Lieutenant Justin Shirtcliff, Tyne's operations officer, said: 'It was apparent these two ships were making use of the shelter from the high winds and inclement seas of Storm Aiden, and Tyne remained close by to monitor their activity. Pictured are the Russian ships

Lieutenant Justin Shirtcliff, Tyne's operations officer, said: 'It was apparent these two ships were making use of the shelter from the high winds and inclement seas of Storm Aiden, and Tyne remained close by to monitor their activity. Pictured are the Russian ships

Lieutenant Justin Shirtcliff, Tyne’s operations officer, said: ‘It was apparent these two ships were making use of the shelter from the high winds and inclement seas of Storm Aiden, and Tyne remained close by to monitor their activity. Pictured are the Russian ships 

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