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HMS SUTHERLAND is currently escorting the Russian ship the Vice Admiral Kulakov, an Udaloy class destroyer, as she transits through UK territorial waters and those of other NATO member states. Thought to be returning to the Russian Northern fleet base at Severomorsk, the Vice Admiral Kulakov was until recently operating in the Eastern Mediterranean. She has been under escort by NATO warships during her return journey and has now entered the English Channel. In a routine example of the work conducted by the Royal Navy’s Fleet Ready Escort, Sutherland deployed from Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth early on Saturday morning to a position at the western edge of the English Channel in good time to meet the Kulakov as she arrived in UK waters.

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Taken on December 4, 2016