HMS Sutherland monitors Russian warship as it sails through UK waters
Pictured is HMS Sutherland, seen here in the foreground, escorting the Russian
Yaroslav Mudry, seen in the background.
The Yaroslav Mudry is a Neustrashimy-class frigate.
The class was designed as a general purposeanti-submarine warfare (ASW)frigate to follow on from theKrivak-classfrigates. This new class of frigates incorporates somestealth technology.
HMS Sutherland is a Duke Class Type 23 Frigate.
Based in Portsmouth and Devonport, the ships were designed to deal with the Soviet submarine threat but in the 20 years since the fall of Communism, the frigates have proven their versatility by dealing with virtually every mission imaginable in the four corners of the globe.
The 13 Type 23, or Duke-class, frigates are the core of the front-line Fleet. They can be typically be found east of Suez, safeguarding Britain's vital maritime trade routes or Britain's interests in the South Atlantic
Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose is pictured at speed in the Mediterranean Sea during Exercise Cougar 12.
The Duke Class ship is taking part in Cougar, a three month deployment to the Mediterranean as part of the United Kingdom's Response Force Task Group, exercising with key allies. Exercises will include Corsican Lion, which will test the maritime element of the UK-French Combined Joined Expeditionary Force (CJEF), and exercise Albanian Lion which will provide superb faculties for the Lead Commando Group to train with Albanian forces, consolidating our relationship.
The other vessels in the group are HMS Illustrious, RFA Mounts Bay, HMS Bulwark, HMS Northumberland and Merchant Vessel Hartland Point
HMS Campbeltown silhouetted at sea enroute to Gibraltar in 2007
A backlit HMS Campbeltown sails south towards Gibraltar for the first stop on her 7 month deployment to the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf.
The ship is the third of the Type 22 Batch 3 frigates and the second Royal Navy warship to bear the name. Campbeltown was built by Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Ltd in Birkenhead, and was launched on 7 October 1987; entering service on 27 May 1989.
The name of HMS Campbeltown has a distinguished record of Royal Navy service. These are Battle of the Atlantic 1941-1942 and St. Nazaire 1942, which is often referred to as "the greatest raid of all" as it had the largest number of Victoria Cross medals awarded for a single operation.
The ship's motto is "Victoria Fortes Sequitur" which translates as "Victory Through Strength". The crest is of a Bog Myrtle bush, a plant only found in the area surrounding the town of Campbeltown in Argyll, Scotland, the ship's affiliated town and one with which close ties are maintained. HMS Campbeltown is the present platform that young Naval Officers carry out their Initial Sea Training
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