This has never happened before. A Russian aircraft carrier task force is on the way from the Northern Fleet (on the Barents Sea) to the Mediterranean, and has already been involved in some unprecedented events.
The first occurred in late December, when the carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (and apparently other ships in the task force) took refuge in Scotland’s Firth of Moray during a bout of inclement weather. Locals had reported on this unplanned development back on 22 December, as well as on the dispatch of a Royal Navy warship to “escort” the Russian ships while they were in or close to UK waters.
According to RIA Novosti, the UK Ministry of Defense acknowledged on Friday that the weather-related incursion had, indeed, taken place. The Royal Navy ship sent to monitor the Russians was HMS Defender (D-36, a Type 45 destroyer and one of the most modern ships in the UK fleet, with capabilities similar to a U.S. Aegis destroyer).
RIA Novosti also reported that the Kuznetsov transited the English Channel as it headed for the Mediterranean, and that its air wing conducted flight operations in the vicinity of the British Isles. Although the Russian navy has participated in NATO exercises over the past 10 years,
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