The Royal Navy’s warship HMS Trent left the Black Sea and made its way along Turkey’s Bosphorus today — weeks after it set sail for the region amid mounting tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
The £100m patrol vessel was spotted leaving the Black Sea via the Bosphorus in Istanbul earlier this morning.
It comes just weeks after the warship passed through the Strait of Dardanelles and the Bosphorus after its deployment in the Ukrainian port in Odessa amid tensions over the Kremlin’s intentions in eastern Ukraine.
In May, the ship sailed to the port city of Odessa to training operation in solidarity with Ukraine and om working with NATO and regional partners as part of the Royal Navy’s Forward Presence.
Royal Navy warship HMS Trent made its way along the Bosphorus in Turkey earlier this morning
HMS Trent was spotted leaving the Black Sea via the Bosphorus in Istanbul – weeks after departing for the region amid mounting tensions between Ukraine and Russia
The warship was deployed to the Ukrainian port of Odessa to conduct a training operation in solidarity with the nation
Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Trent
1 × 30mm DS30B gun
2 × Universal Machine Guns
2 × Mini guns
reach: 5,500 nmi (10,200 km)
Speed: 25 knots
Size: 90.5 meters
After the move, Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, a former commander of the Black Sea Fleet, said the British ship “wouldn’t tickle their nerves.”
He said: ‘I wouldn’t even say that the British [navy] might tickle our nerves.
“If a serious ship enters the Black Sea and there is an imminent threat, you can track it down with weapons, because coastal missile systems and aircraft on duty are given target designations.”
Admiral Viktor Kravchenko said the Trent would be “meet” near the Bosphorus and monitored using “radio equipment,” Interfax said.
He added: “Ships from the Russian Black Sea Fleet are constantly nearby until foreign naval vessels leave the area.
‘Of course this is unpleasant. You will have to be distracted, keep an eye on them; what are they going to do in the Black Sea.’
The Russian National Defense Control Center also confirmed that it was tracking the Royal Navy ship.
“Black Sea Fleet forces have begun tracking the movements of the British Navy’s patrol vessel HMS Trent, which entered the Black Sea on May 16, 2021,” the statement said.
In April, Vladimir Putin escalated fears of a possible Russian invasion by ordering the blockade of the strategically important Kerch Strait.
Russian warships came into position to control the strait and cut off sea access to the southeastern coast of Ukraine and eastern Crimea.
The Kremlin confirmed that all foreign and Ukrainian military ships will not be allowed to sail from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov for the next six months, although commercial ships will not be affected.
The ship passed through the Bosphorus Strait after conducting a training operation in solidarity with Ukraine
The warship sailed through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus last month amid high tensions over the Kremlin’s intentions over eastern Ukraine
HMS Trent left the Black Sea earlier this morning after deploying to the Ukrainian port city of Odessa
The blockade was announced a day after President Joe Biden canceled plans to send two US destroyers to the Black Sea amid fears of mounting tensions.
Russian Black Sea Fleet
The Russian Black Sea Fleet consists of 25,000 troops, up to 43 surface warships and a further 7 support and auxiliary submarines.
The fleet includes one guided missile carrier and three guided missile frigates.
It also includes seven diesel attack submarines, one torpedo retriever and seven large landing ships.
In mid-April, two more Russian warships and 15 smaller vessels continued to sail to the Black Sea amid mounting tensions with Ukraine.
The pair can carry tanks and provide armor and troops during coastal attacks.
The fleet is headquartered in Svestapol, the Crimean Peninsula, and has bases in Rostov Oblast and Krasnodar Krai.
Just a month later, Russia gathered troops on the Ukrainian border and conducted massive military exercises in Crimea with 10,000 soldiers, 40 warships and 200 aircraft. Russia has since withdrawn some troops.
As tensions continued, security experts remained bleven fearing that Russia was planning to reoccupy eastern Ukraine under the pretense of protecting the native speakers of Russian living there.
NATO expressed serious concern over the build-up of troops on the border, while Pope Francis called for a easing of tensions in eastern Ukraine.
He said, ‘Please! I sincerely hope that an increase in tension can be prevented.
“On the contrary, there is a need for gestures that can foster mutual trust and promote reconciliation and peace, both so necessary and so desired.”
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel showed their support for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and called on Russia to withdraw troops from the border region.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, warned of “very painful consequences” if Putin were to invade, saying that “words are not enough” and allies should offer practical support.
He spoke after meeting the foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – NATO allies in the region – and said: ‘we celebrate Russia’s aggravation of the situation’.
“The world is on the side of Ukraine and international law, and this is one of the elements to keep Russia from acting recklessly,” he added.
His comments came after it became known that Washington had made a decision to send two warships into the Black Sea, a day after Russia warned them to stay away “for their own good.”
Instead, President Joe Biden imposed sanctions on Russia for attempting to interfere in the US election and for a major hack of US government data that US intelligence agencies have blamed on Moscow.
Biden expelled 10 Russian diplomats, some of them alleged spies, beat 32 entities linked to Russian election meddling, including an infamous ‘troll farm’, and punished eight people and entities linked to the occupation of Crimea .
He also restricted US companies trading in Russian sovereign debt, which had damaged Moscow’s ability to raise money.