The British Royal Navy and allied NATO navies on Friday overlooked a fleet of Russian warships steaming through the English Channel on their way to the Mediterranean, reportedly bound for the waters off Syria.
Britain has deployed warships to monitor the Russian aircraft carrier group and other vessels as they sailed through the North Sea and the English Channel.
The Russian fleet was monitored by the British Navy's destroyer HMS Duncan and frigate HMS Richmond.
The Royal Navy regularly shadows ships and is being supported in this instance by the Royal Air Force.
Russia is one the few countries which have the capability to deploy such a force - an aircraft carrier and supporting warships.
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