This weekend Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans was on patrol monitoring the progress of a Chinese warship through the English Channel…

The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate was shadowing the Chinese destroyer Xian as it sailed east past the UK. St Albans kept track of the Chinese ship’s activity as it travalled through the UK’s area of interest.

Commander John Cromie, the Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, said: “Today HMS St Albans, conducting routine maritime security operations, is monitoring the progress of the Xian as she transits close to the UK coastline.

“This is normal business for the Royal Navy, keeping watch over UK waters at all times. HMS St Albans is one of several warships standing ready to respond at short notice to help keep Britain safe.”

Since 2016 HMS St Albans has been tasked with a number of maritime security operations in UK waters. She has monitored the passage of several foreign warships through the English Channel and conducted anti-submarine operations in the north Atlantic.