Russia has boasted its frigate armed with ‘unstoppable’ hypersonic missiles passed the narrowest point of the English Channel after it was spotted near to the UK coast.
The Admiral Gorshkov vessel was escorted by the Royal Navy as it sailed through the North Sea travelling in a southerly direction.
It crossed the narrowest part of the English Channel, the Strait of Dover, Moscow defence ministry claimed.In a statement it said: ‘The frigate will soon continue to accomplish its missions in designated parts of the Atlantic.
‘Vladimir Putin personally took part in the farewell ceremony when the warship departed from Arctic naval base Severomorsk on a voyage that will also take in the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean.
He said: ‘It has no equivalent in any country in the world.
‘I am sure that such a powerful weapon will allow us to reliably protect Russia from potential external threats and help ensure our country’s national interests.
Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Portland, monitored the Russian warship and an accompanying tanker Kama as the vessels sailed close to the UK.
Moscow has boasted that the Gorshkov is ‘the most dangerous enemy of surface ships in the world’s oceans’, now it is armed with the new hypersonic missile.