I see the Royal Navy is talking tough about Russians again:
A British frigate shadowed a Russian warship through the North Sea near UK waters on Christmas Day, the Royal Navy has revealed.
“Near” UK waters. If this chart is accurate, that could be well out into the Atlantic or up towards the Arctic circle.
HMS St Albans monitored the Admiral Gorshkov’s “activity in areas of national interest”, it said.
Uh-huh. Shame stopping boatloads of illegal immigrants reaching Europe isn’t considered in the national interest, isn’t it?
The Admiral Gorshkov, a new guided-missile frigate, is still undergoing trials, Russian media report.
Is there any reason to believe this isn’t true? What else could it be doing? Looking to launch a guided missile at Rockall?
The Royal Navy says there has been a recent “upsurge in Russian units transiting UK waters”.
Numbers please. Russia has been active in Syria for quite some time, and the quickest way from one to the other by sea is via the English Channel – an international waterway Russia has every right to use. Short of details, this statement looks like a weak attempt to justify the continued existence of the Royal Navy.
HMS St Albans was sent on Saturday to “keep watch on the new Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov as it passed close to UK territorial waters”, the Royal Navy said.
In case of what?
“I will not hesitate in defending our waters or tolerate any form of aggression,” Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said.
“Britain will never be intimidated when it comes to protecting our country, our people, and our national interests.”
Oh please! We heard all this tough-sounding crap from Michael Fallon last year when a handful of Russian ships went through the Channel. Do these idiots think we’ve forgotten the Royal Navy’s capitulation to the Iranians in 2007? Or that we haven’t noticed the absolute last thing our political class is interested in is “protecting our country, our people, and our national interests”?
The Admiral Gorshkov, the first of a new class of multi-role frigates, has still to complete missile tests before entering service with the Russian navy next year, Russian media report.
It has reportedly been sailing regularly between the White Sea off Russia’s northern coast and the Baltic.
Rear Admiral Chris Parry, a former Royal Navy Officer and former Nato commander, describes the deployment of the war ship as “normal”.
He told the BBC: “She’s perfectly entitled to do that under international law. It’s demonstrating the right of innocent passage.”
So why all headlines and mouthing off? Here’s why. The British political classes, having given up completely on protecting Britain’s national interests, believe by jumping on the bandwagon of Russia-bashing they will convince the public otherwise. Nice try.
I half wish the Russians had opened fire, just to see what HMS St Albans would have done in response.