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British Navy escorts Russian warships through English Channel

Royal Navy HMS Dragon provided an escort for a Russian aircraft carrier task group on Thursday as the Russian vessels transited the English Channel upon completing months-long training in the Mediterranean.

By JC Finley
British Navy escorts Russian warships through English Channel
The HMS Dragon, pictured in 2012, provided an escort to a Russian aircraft carrier task group as it transited the English Channel on May 8, 2014. (CC/Brian Burnell)

LONDON, May 8 (UPI) -- The British Navy provided an escort to a Russian aircraft carrier task group on Thursday as the vessels transited the English Channel.

A Royal Navy spokesman confirmed "that HMS Dragon was activated as the fleet-ready escort vessel. She met the task group centered around the Admiral Kuznetsov."

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The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and other vessels in the task group had been training in the Mediterranean for months.

Russian Northern Fleet spokesman Capt. Vadim Serga said "The cruiser has accomplished its mission within the Navy task force in the Mediterranean and headed for Severomorsk. The aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is expected to return to base by late May."

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