Royal Navy Tracking Russian Warship in the North Sea

HMS Portland is monitoring the Russian guided missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov and accompanying tanker Kama as they sail in international waters close to the UK.

Storyline: HMS Portland — Source: Royal Navy — 11 January 2023 —

The Type 23 frigate joined the Norwegian Coast Guard vessel Bergen, as the Russian ships transited south through the Norwegian Sea.

HMS Portland tracks Admiral Gorshkov and tanker Kama in the background — Royal Navy Photo

Portland with her specialist Merlin helicopter embarked – both equipped with cutting-edge sonars, sensors and torpedoes for specialist operations – is tracking and reporting on the movements of the Russian ships through the North Sea.

The Admiral Gorshkov class, equipped with Zircon Hypersonic Missiles (Russian designation Project 22350) for the original and upgraded version armed with 16 and 32 VLS cells respectively, is the newest class of frigates being built for the Russian Navy by the Severnaya Verf in Saint Petersburg  — Photo

Portland’s Commanding Officer Commander Ed Moss-Ward said: “Escorting warships in UK territorial waters and the adjacent sea areas is routine activity for the Royal Navy.

Demonstrating UK’s commitment to the alliance and maintaining maritime security

“By maintaining a visible and persistent presence, the Royal Navy ensures compliance with maritime law and deters malign activity to protect our nation’s interests.

“Escorting the Russian task group alongside forces from our NATO allies has demonstrated the UK’s commitment to the alliance and to maintaining maritime security.”

HMS Portland tracks Admiral Gorshkov and tanker Kama in the background — Royal Navy Photo

HMS Portland departed her home port of Plymouth on Saturday on her latest patrol. The frigate – which underwent a major refit in 2021 – is adept at surface warfare operations as well as hunting submarines.

HMS Portland — Royal Navy photo

HMS Portland spent much of last year patrolling waters close to the UK, with visits to Norway and Sweden, and operating with NATO allies on the alliance’s submarine hunting exercise – Dynamic Mongoose – in the North Atlantic.

See also: « A Royal Navy warship has tracked the movements of two Russian submarines as they sailed into the North Sea » — (2022-07-22).