Posted on August 5, 2019
The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate began monitoring the destroyer Xian near the Dover Strait and shadowed her through busy merchant shipping lanes as she sailed south through the English Channel today.
The Chinese warship had been participating in Russia’s annual Navy Days event in St Petersburg and three weeks ago HMS St Albans had escorted Xian up the channel as she travelled there.
Commander Will Paston, HMS Westminster’s Commanding Officer:
“The Royal Navy routinely monitors other country’s warships through territorial waters as part of our ongoing mission in support of the defence of the UK.
“The Xian conducted herself in a safe and professional manner throughout.”
Westminster has been attached to a NATO task group since March and, most recently, has been honing her anti-submarine warfare skills off the west coast of Norway inside the Arctic Circle, as well as patrolling UK waters.
She is now preparing to sail up the Thames for a visit to the capital, renewing her ties with her affiliates in the city and taking part in a ‘freedom’ parade marching through the streets of London for the first time in five years.
Berthing at Thames Quay in the docklands, HMS Westminster will also open her gangway to the general public on Tuesday between 9am and 4pm for a free, but ticket-only tour.