Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Tyne has shadowed a Russian vessel through the English Channel on Christmas Day.
The Portsmouth-based ship was called upon to sail on Christmas Eve and keep watch on the Russian ship Smolnyy Perekov as it passed close to UK territorial waters on Christmas Day.
HMS Tyne remained at sea on Christmas Day to monitor the Russian ship, keeping track of its activity in areas of national interest.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “I am grateful for the efforts of the crew of HMS Tyne, who have sailed on Christmas Eve, helping to safeguard or seas.
“This is yet another clear example of the tireless efforts of our Armed Forces, as they continue their tireless efforts to defend our country and our interests across the world.”
The Royal Navy ship today (Boxing Day) returned alongside in Portsmouth and remains ready for very short notice tasking over the rest of the holiday period.