The UK Royal Navy has deployed a warship and an aircraft to shadow a Russian navy ship as it passed through the English Channel.
The air-defense destroyer HMS Diamond and a Wildcat helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron were sent to the channel on Wednesday as Russian underwater reconnaissance ship Yantar entered the waters, British media reported Saturday.
“HMS Diamond met up with Yantar and will continue to monitor the vessel’s movements and activities as it continues north,” said a UK navy spokesman.
According to the spokesman, the Russian ship was under surveillance by the French navy in its journey through the Bay of Biscay.
Yantar was said to be on the way back to its home port of Severomorsk after tours of the Mediterranean. British media claimed that ship was sailing near an undersea cable linking Israel and Cyprus.
Royal Air Force Chief Marshal Stuart Peach has warned of “catastrophic” consequences in case undersea cables…