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WATCH: Russia release footage of 'Royal Navy warship chased out of Ukrainian waters'

Moscow claimed that warning shots were fired by Russian vessels at HMS Defender as it passed through the contested part of the Black Sea on Wednesday – an assertion dismissed by the UK Government, which said only that a routine “gunnery exercise” took place. Cabinet minister George Eustice said Moscow may have been trying to make a point, but stressed that the Royal Navy would be prepared to send another vessel through the waters, restating the UK’s position that Crimea is Ukrainian territory. Dramatic eyewitness accounts revealed the Type 45 destroyer was buzzed by Russian military jets and the sound of naval gunfire could be heard as it sailed from Odessa in Ukraine to Georgia on Wednesday.

Russia also claimed that four bombs were dropped in the path of the destroyer – something the Ministry of Defence said it did not recognise.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said “the inviolability of the Russian borders is an absolute imperative”, adding that it will be protected “by all means, diplomatic, political and military if needed”.

Asked what Russia would do if a similar incident happened again, he said: “We may appeal to reason and demand to respect international law.

“If it doesn’t help, we may drop bombs and not just in the path but right on target if colleagues don’t get it otherwise.”

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Mr Eustice told Sky News: “Under international law, you can take the closest, fastest route from one point to another.

“HMS Defender was passing through Ukrainian waters, I think on the way to Georgia, and that was the logical route for it to take.

“This is a very normal thing, it’s quite common actually. What was actually going on is the Russians were doing a gunnery exercise, they had given prior notice of that, they often do in that area.

“So, I think it’s important people don’t get carried away.”

The move has put a further strain on already difficult diplomatic relations between London and Moscow.

British ambassador Deborah Bronnert was summoned to the ministry of foreign affairs in Moscow after Russia accused the Type 45 destroyer of straying into its territorial waters.

Former Royal Navy chief Admiral Lord West accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of “playing to the home audience”.

The former first sea lord told LBC: “The bottom line is Putin is an expert at disinformation and his actions are very reckless, and we’ve seen that now for three or four years.”

He said Mr Putin’s behaviour is “appalling” and “there’s no doubt the Defender was asserting her right of innocent passage from one port to another”.

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Russia issued brutal threat to Royal Navy warship: ‘If you don't change course I'll fire’

The British warship was reportedly warned it would be fired upon unless it changed course. The dramatic encounter came as tensions continue to mount in the region.

More than 20 Russian aircraft and two coastguard ships were said to be shadowing the HMS Defender.

However, Moscow claimed the Royal Navy ship violated territorial waters near the disputed peninsula and opened warning fires.

The UK Government has rejected Russia’s account of the incident and denied that any warning shots were fired.

A BBC journalist who was on-board the British warship said hostile warnings were being issued over radio by the Russian forces.

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“No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognise the claim that bombs were dropped in her path.”

On Wednesday night, Russia released footage filmed from one of its Su-24M attack jets, showing the HMS Defender sailing off the Crimea.

However, no shots were seen being fired in the footage.

The incident is the first time since the Cold War that Russia acknowledged using live ammunition to deter a NATO warship.

The HMS Defender’s Captain, Vincent Owen, said his mission was confident but non-confrontational and insisted he was maintaining course on an internationally recognised shipping lane.

The BBC’s correspondent on the ship, Jonathan Beale, claimed it was a “deliberate move to make a point to Russia”.

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Russia builds first STEALTH warship with ‘excessive’ weaponry in major threat

According to Russian media outlets, the Mercury naval corvette is close to being completed. The ship has been delayed for years, and is equipped with stealth technology to make it hard to detect by enemy vessels.

Two shipbuilding industry sources told state media outlet RIA Novosti the Mercury is nearing completion.

The sources told the outlet the Mercury corvette, dubbed Project 20386, is expected to be delivered to the navy as soon as next year.

They also shared the hull of the corvette has already been built.

Once launched, the ship will be Russia’s first fully stealth vessel, with a special shape minimising protrusions and crevices on its surface.

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RIA Novosti reported Mercury will be armed with cruise missiles, anti-aircraft missiles and artillery.

It will also have equipment for hunting and destroying submarines.

In 2013, the Izvestia daily newspaper quoted a high-placed military source as saying that the ship would be too expensive, at up to 18 billion rubles (£175 million).

The military source also said the ship would be equipped with “excessive” weaponry it did not need, such as the Kalibr cruise missiles.

Moscow has invested heavily over the last decade in a rearmament programme meant to replace the army and navy’s Soviet-era weaponry.

However, Russia’s economy suffered after sanctions from Western countries in 2014, following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated the country would add new ships, vessels and weapons to its navy.

He said at the time: “The capability of our navy grows constantly.

“This year 40 ships and vessels of different class will enter service, and several days ago six more vessels for the far-sea zone were laid down at Russia’s three leading shipyards.”

He also announced a range of hypersonic weapons which will be installed in some areas of the navy, which he said would boost their combat capabilities.


It comes as Mr Putin signed a law formalising Russia’s exit from the Open Skies arms control treaty, a pact that allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries.

Russia initially hoped Mr Putin and US President Joe Biden could discuss the treaty when they meet later this month at a summit in Geneva, but Washington informed Moscow in May it would not re-enter the pact after Donald Trump’s administration quit last year.

The Kremlin said on Monday the US decision to withdraw from the treaty had “significantly upset the balance of interests” among the pact’s members and had compelled Russia to exit.

In a statement on its website, it said: “This caused serious damage to the treaty’s observance and its significance in building confidence and transparency, (causing) a threat to Russia’s national security.”

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Iran Navy: Inside the Iranian warship fleet – full arsenal exposed

The heaviest ship in the Iranian Navy sank on Wednesday after catching fire in the Gulf of Oman. All crew were safely evacuated according to Iran’s semi-official news agencies. The cause of the blaze, which began at about 2.25am local time has yet to be announced, however, many are speculating it might be the latest in a series of attacks on ships owned by archenemies Iran and Israel. Iranian Fars news agency reported: “All efforts to save the vessel were unsuccessful and it sank.”

What other ships does the Iran Navy have in its arsenal?

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy has the following vessels:

  • Six subsurface combatant ships
  • 31 surface combatant ships
  • 24 amphibious ships
  • 27 auxiliary ships – including the sunken IRIS Kharg.

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Surface combatants ships

Surface combatants are a subset of naval warships which are designed to engage in combat on the surface of the water, with their own weapons.

There are three ships in the Alvand class, the IRIS Alvand, IRIS Alborz and IRSI Sabalan, weighing 1,400 tons.

The Moudge class also has three ships – the IRIS Jamaran, IRIS Damavand and IRIS Sahand, all weighing 1,500 tons.

Two ships weighing 900 tons belong to the Bayandor class: IRIS Bayandor and IRIS Naghdi.

There is just one 539-ton ship belonging to the Hamzeh class – the IRIS Hamzeh, commissioned in 1986.

The Kaman class has a large fleet of 10 ships: IRIS Kaman, IRIS Xoubin, IRIS Khadang, IRIS Falakhon, IRIS Shamshir, IRIS Gorz, IRIS Gardouneh, IRIS Khanjar, IRIS Neyzeh and IRIS Tabarzin.

All of the ships weigh 234 tons and they are fast attack crafts originally from France.

The fast attack crafts in the Sina class include the IRIS Paykan, IRIS Joshan, IRIS Derafsh, IRIS Separ and IRIS Zereh, all weighing 275 tons.

There are three 85-ton ships as part of the Kaivan class, the IRIS Kaivan, IRIS Tiran and IRIS Mahan – all of which are patrol crafts.

There are three other patrol craft vessels, the IRIS Parvin, IRIS Bahram and IRIS Nahid, weighing 105 tons.

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Amphibious ships

There are 24 vessels belonging to the amphibious ship category.

These crafts are employed to land and support ground forces, such as marines, on enemy territory during an amphibious assault, which is an offensive military operation where naval ships project ground and air power onto a hostile or hostile shore at a designated landing beach.

The Hengam class has four ships, the IRIS Hengam, IRIS Larak, IRIS Tonb and IRIS Lavan all weighing 2,581 tons full-load.

There are six ships belonging to the Karbala Class, two with unknown names, in addition to the Fouque, Qeshm, Hormoz and Farour.

There are eight ships in the SR.N6 and six ships in the BH.7 classes respectively, weighing 10 tons and 55 tons full-load respectively.

Auxiliary ships

An auxiliary ship is a naval ship designed to operate in support of combatant ships and other naval operations.

The IRINS Makran is an expeditionary sea base vessel which has been commissioned in 2021.

The Kangan class includes four tanker ships all weighing 12,193 tons full-load: IRIS Kangan, IRIS Taheri, IRIS Shahid Marjni and IRIS Amir.

There are two ships in the Bandar Abbas class, the IRIS Bandar Abbas and IRIS Bushehr, each weighing 4,748 tons full-load.

The IRIS Kharg was the heaviest ship in the Iran Navy, weighing 33,544 tons full-load.

Seven ships are included in the Delvar class, all weighing 1,300 tons: the Deylam, Delvar, Sirjan, Charak, Chiroo, Souru and the Dayer ships.

A large class of ships is the Hendijan class which includes 12 tender ships.

The ships are the Macham, Khoramshahr, Hendijan, Sirik, Konarak, Gavatar, Moqam, Bahregan, Kalat, Ganaveh, Rostami and Nayband – all weighing in at 420 tons full-load.

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Fishing fury: French warship sent to UK port over Royal Navy threat in Seventies

Jersey: France has ‘engineered’ situation says fisherman on GMB

Footage from Jersey this morning shows around 100 French fishing boats at the port of St Helier, with some crews setting off flares. The UK Government has sent HMS Severn and HMS Tamar to “monitor the situation” and are currently patrolling the waters around Jersey. There are concerns around a possible blockade of the island over the ongoing row with France over post-Brexit fishing rights.
French maritime minister Annick Girardin warned on Tuesday that the country is ready to take “retaliatory measures”, accusing Jersey of dragging its feet over issuing new licences to French boats.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson underlined his “unwavering support” for the island to Jersey Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondre and External Affairs Minister Ian Gorst.

This is not the first time a fishing dispute has escalated with France; in 1972, our friends across the Channel sent a gunboat to a UK port unannounced.

During the Sixties and Seventies, tensions between the UK and its southern neighbour were on the rise due to repeated illegal fishing in British waters by French vessels.

Between 1964 and 1972, 37 French fishing vessels were detained and brought into UK ports, 36 of whom were charged and convicted of illegal fishing in British waters.

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Tensions between the UK and France are rising over fishing (Image: GETTY)


French boats have flocked to Jersey (Image: ITV)

In 1972, Edward Heath had just agreed for the UK to enter the European Economic Community, the precursor to the EU, but fishing tensions had reached boiling point.

Documents unearthed at the National Archives by Express.co.uk reveal how one particular incident blew up.

It all came to a head when British fisheries protection vessel HMS Kellington arrested a French trawler called ‘Athos’ for illegal fishing in British waters on March 24, 1972.

The next day, the French warship ‘L’Agile’ descended on the Port of Fishguard, Wales, without giving any prior warning to the UK Government or local naval commander.

This was because the trawler had requested French naval officers come as witnesses to give evidence on their behalf.


L’Agile arrived at Fishguard port unannounced (Image: GETTY)

The ship ‘L’Agile’, which should have informed the local naval authorities of its intention straight away, instead arrived unannounced.

This was therefore a surprise to, not only the local naval commander, but the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office.

Labour MP George Cunningham asked Peter Kirk, Under-Secretary of State for the Navy, whether he would stand for this behaviour.

He asked: “Is it not highly unusual practice for a foreign state to send one of its warships into a British port following the arrest of a merchant vessel and the trial of its captain in the British port?

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European countries reliant on UK fishing waters (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)

“Has the Under-Secretary observed that the captain of the French ship said that, though unusual, this practice might have to become normal?

“Will he arrange with the Foreign Office that the French government is told whether it becomes normal will be the decision of the British government, not the French government?”

Mr Kirk admitted that it was unusual for the French Navy to arrive unannounced on the UK shore.

He said: “The drill for fishery protection vessels like L’Agile is for us to be given an outline programme in advance.

“We are supposed to be given 24 hours notice of a call. This call was rather unusual and unscheduled.

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“We are discussing with the French authorities the circumstances in which notification might be given in the future.”

While he agreed that the French had not followed the agreed rules on this occasion, he noted that there may need to be a review of the process, which he suggested may be too inflexible.

After the conversation, Mr Cunningham wrote to Mr Kirk to complain about “the substance of the point” as well as the way in which he answered the question in Parliament.

He argued that Mr Kirk had not been forthcoming in his response and that it was “not good ministerial practice” for it to have taken a second prompt to get the information.

European fisheries dependence

European fisheries dependence (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)

Mr Kirk responded that he had not meant to be evasive, but that he viewed the French actions as acceptable.

However, it was confirmed that L’Agile should have given notice as soon as it knew of its intention to moor at Fishguard.

Under-Secretary of State for the Foreign Office Anthony Kershaw insisted it was not necessary to make an official protest to the French government about the incident.

Meanwhile, the skipper of the French trawler that started the whole row was found guilty, fined £200 with £30 costs and his catch ‒ valued at £1,500 ‒ confiscated.

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