Royal Navy Monitoring Russian Fleet’s Passage Through English Channel on way to Syria


Vladimir Putin is doing what the Americans have claimed they were doing, but weren’t: Killing ISIS.

American policy put Syria into this mess, but Putin will finish it. Hopefully soon. Assad may or may not be a choirboy, but he might be able to hold his country together with Russia’s help, thus delivering a blow to Israel, which would like to expand its influence and territories beyond its current borders.

This show of strength by Russia will be roundly condemned, but praised by Donald Trump, who has said repeatedly that if Russia can take out ISIS, he would welcome the help.

Russia has begun its biggest surface deployment since the Cold War ahead of its final assault on Aleppo, Nato has warned.

The fleet, which includes the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, is now travelling through the English Channel towards the UK, before it heads into the Mediterranean Sea towards Syria.

The Royal Navy and the RAF are starting to keep a close watch with surveillance planes and ships.

A senior Nato diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Russian warships are carrying fighter bombers to bolster their attack on the besieged Syrian city – and that it was ‘not a friendly port call’.

‘They are deploying all of the northern fleet and much of the Baltic fleet in the largest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War,’ the diplomat said.

‘This is not a friendly port call. In two weeks, we will see a crescendo of air attacks on Aleppo as part of Russia’s strategy to declare victory there.

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‘With this assault, it should be enough to allow a Russian exit strategy if Moscow believes [President Bashar] Assad is now stable enough to survive.’

The UK is now working alongside Nato partners in order to monitor the Russian warships as they pass through.

Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan set sail from Portsmouth on Tuesday, in order to monitor the Kuznetsov task group, which is heading south from the Norwegian Sea towards the North Sea.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: ‘When these ships near our waters we will man-mark them every step of the way. We will be watching as part of our steadfast commitment to keep Britain safe.’

Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond has also escorted the group in the Norwegian Sea, north of the UK between Iceland and Norway.

Another Type 45 destroyer, HMS Dragon, is also due to sail to meet the two Russian corvettes travelling north towards the UK from the direction of Portugal.

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6 thoughts on “Royal Navy Monitoring Russian Fleet’s Passage Through English Channel on way to Syria

  1. “it should be enough to allow a Russian exit strategy “.
    Why would Russia abandon their Mediterranean Navy base and air force bases in Syria?
    When will the USA have an exit strategy for Europe? The war with Germany ended 71 years ago. Cold War ended 25 years ago.

    “we will man-mark them every step of the way. We will be watching as part of our steadfast commitment to keep Britain safe.” Yes, like keeping the millions of Coon invaders out.
    Why not invite the Russian ships to visit the UK at say Portsmouth for a friendly visit? Russia is not an enemy of the UK so why does the UK toe the Israel/USA party line?

    A genuine enemy like the Soviet Union would always refuse such a friendly invitation because it would weaken the resolve of their military to kill British people and sailors when asked to do so. Thus I think more military invitations should be used and often. E.g. countries like Australia and New Zealand should welcome the USA, China and Russian navies. None are enemies of Australia.

  2. This Russian battle group is obviously planing a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, or maybe Alaska.
    It makes sense to move the ships and men somewhere warm and not get stuck in ice for all of winter. Who would attack Russia from the North by sea or land? Maybe some Eskimos with polar bear allies?

    • I’ve read a number of articles hinting that the Russians will invade via Alaska, also read a while back that the Red Chinese were amassing in Mexico for an invasion from the South.

      This bring back some foggy memories from my Navy daze back in the 60’s on board carriers. The Russians and Chinese played cat and mouse with our fleet many times. MIGS buzzing our ships at treetop level or in the North Atlantic when a Russian bear overflew us




  4. A British sailor to his Captain, : “Sir do we have to escort the Russian Navy across the Channel” ??
    Answer : “Shut up sailor & keep rowing ” !!

    • Pretty accurate. The worlds greatest navy of 100 years ago is now but a shadow, to shadow more powerful navies.
      I personally think all large ships are now obsolete including aircraft carriers. They are worth too much money, have too many people on board to kill, and they are a huge and easy target. Better to have a large number of small boats and smallish subs which carry powerful missiles. And planes of course.

      And men far underground as in Afghanistan and Vietnam. Such a nation with men of courage can never be defeated by conventional military force. The Romans could never defeat the Northern Germans or the Scottish who kept disappearing in to the forest and refusing to surrender and join the Romans.

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