The Royal Navy will deploy warships to the Black Sea next month amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
It’s believed the mission is aimed at showing solidarity with Ukraine and Britain’s NATO allies.
Tensions are rising over the conflict in eastern Ukraine with growing violations of a cease-fire and a Russian military buildup near its border.
Leaders across the West and Ukraine have become worried about the Russian troops’ concentration and have urged Moscow to pull them back.
It’s now been reported that one Type 45 destroyer, armed with anti-aircraft missiles and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate, will leave the Royal Navy’s carrier task group in the Mediterranean and head through the Bosphorus into the Black Sea in May.
RAF F-35B Lightning stealth jets and Merlin submarine-hunting helicopters will stand ready on the task group’s flag ship, the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, to support the warships in the Black Sea.
Last month, the Royal Navy announced it will deploy a “spy ship” to stop Russian submarines sabotaging Britain’s internet.