Royal Navy escorts Russian warship away from Britain on Christmas Day

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HMS St Albans escorts a Russian warship through the North Sea (Picture: PA)

A Royal Navy crew spent Christmas Day escorting a Russian warship through the North Sea near UK waters.

The 190-strong company aboard the HMS St Albans set sail on December 23 to monitor the Russian Admiral Gorshkov frigate and tracked its progress through what the Royal Navy called areas of national interest on Monday.

The Navy said there had been a recent ‘upsurge’ in Russian units travelling through UK waters, including on Christmas Eve when HMS Tyne was called to escort a Russian intelligence-gathering ship through the North Sea and the English Channel.

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