SOFIA (Bulgaria), December 26, 2017, Author: Boyko Nikolov (Bm), photo: Pan.bg
The lead warship of Russia “Admiral Gorshkov”, under the Project 22350, was escorted by the British frigate “St Albans” during one of its trials in open sea, before becoming a part of the Russian Navy. The Russian ship was near the territorial waters of the United Kingdom, due to which the maritime forces on duty during the holidays had to follow closely the activities of the Russians.
“We will not hesitate in defending our territorial waters and will not tolerate any form of aggression”, stated the UK Defence Minister Gavin Williamson.
It was announced by the British military authority that a helicopter was dispatched just to follow closely the activities of two other Russian floating vessels.
Frigate @HMSStAlbans escorted a Russian warship through the North Sea and areas of UK interest today, giving up Christmas to patrol Britain's waters. Find out more: https://t.co/Ja6g8B0NnM pic.twitter.com/XRJLcQxtDy
— Royal Navy (@RoyalNavy) 25 декември 2017 г.
“Admiral Gorshkov” is the lead ship under the Project 22350. The idea for that ship was set in 2006, and it became a real project in 2010. In November 2014, the first ship of that class passed the needed tests. The last stage of the tests began this year on 20th March. The ships under the Project 22350 have a water displacement of 4.5 thousand tons and may reach the speed of up to 29 knots. They are equipped with the missiles “Onyx” and “Caliber”, as well as with an anti-aircraft missile system with installation of vertical launch. In 2025, it is expected six warships of the kind to be in service of the Russian Navy.
A few days ago the Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach stated that Great Britain and NATO shall prioritize the defence of the maritime infrastructure. The reason for such statements is the apprehension that Russia may disconnect cables and facilities passing along the bottom of the sea and communicationally connecting separate states.