HMS Somerset, a Type 23 Frigate, along with her Merlin helicopter was used to detect and monitor the movement of the Russian warship, Vice Admiral Kulakov and her supporting ships.
HMS Somerset was on a training mission when she received the call to locate and escort the Russian Units. As with other Royal Navy ships operating around the UK, HMS Somerset was at a high state of alert to deal with any maritime security task, including the monitoring of transits through the UK area of responsibility by non-NATO warships.
The Vice Admiral Kulakov is a Russian Udaloy class Destroyer and was returning from a deployment to Syria. It was accompanied by a tanker and tug, which is standard procedure for Russian ships.
Somerset intercepted the Task Group off Brest as it approached the south west of the UK last Wednesday, 23 March and escorted it through UK waters until they turned for home on 29 March, after spending the Easter weekend off the East coast of Scotland.