As tensions in Russia and Ukraine heat up, British media reported on the 18th that Britain will send two warships to the Black Sea in May to show the unity of the NATO alliance; at the same time, many Russian ships have entered the Black Sea to participate in military exercise.
The British “Sunday Times” reported that a Type 45 air defense destroyer and a Type 23 anti-submarine frigate of the British Navy will leave the aircraft carrier battle group deployed in the Mediterranean and enter the Black Sea through the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey. In addition, the Royal Air Force will also be on standby at any time.
The report said that the British Air Force’s multiple F-35B stealth fighters and “Merlin” anti-submarine helicopters will be on standby on the “Queen Elizabeth” aircraft carrier to support warships entering the Black Sea.
After the United States cancelled its plan to send warships to the Black Sea, the United Kingdom made the above deployment. An insider of the British Navy told the Sunday Times that the British side intends to declare the unity of Britain with Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
So far, the British Ministry of Defense has not commented on relevant reports.
On the other hand, according to Reuters, 15 ships of the Russian Caspian Fleet passed through the Kerch Strait on the 17th and entered the Black Sea to participate in military exercises, but the Russian Navy did not specify how long the military exercises would last.
In addition, two Toad-class landing ships of the Russian Northern Fleet went to the Black Sea via the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey on the 17th.