Russian task force off Scotish coast

I think you'll find the RN is missing a few ships etc due to huge defence cuts. Bit like spelling Scottish on the cheap. Looks good but not all there due to cuts. :).

Dont blame the Navy for a politicians knife.
Prior to 2004 the RN had seven standing commitments, that has been reduced to four, guess which ones were scraped, Fleet Ready Escort- FRE (UK Patrol) and Atlantic Patrol Task- North. Who was in power 2004?

Putin is facing a difficult time back home and wants to flex his muscles for potential voters; sending the Russian Navy to rock up alongside an ex-Cold War enemy with second division Armed Forces is an easy way to do it.

I somehow doubt the Russians are about to invade Scotland. Unlike the West, the Ivans learned in Afghanistan that it's not a good idea to invade a country with appalling weather, rough terrain and a population of mutants who will rape, kill and eat you. Not necessarily in that order. :hungry::threaten: :hump::muhaha:
Yesterday the MoD said the fleet faithful to PM Vladimir Putin did not warn them it was passing so close to Britain.
I presume we no longer have anyone keeping an eye out for this type of thing anymore ?

Fixed this bit....
HMS York was scrambled from Portsmouth to meet the Admiral Kuznetsov so that the younger matelots could get an idea of what an aircraft carrier looked like.
I trust we have MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) keeping tabs on any escorting Russian submarines(s). Otherwise, HMS York, a destroyer optimised for air defence, will be at a significant disadvantage.
yet another none story, the russians were always going ot be near there, they just got thee a few days early, the reason for the panic was they turned up early but then given the weather so would most people i suspect

its wonderfull how the clever media manage to make up crap out of nothing.
The Sun has got it completely wrong as per usual.

Did the Royal Navy have any ships closer than Potrsmouth?

I have seen A Russian Navy destroyer on a visit to Liverpool for a Battle of the Atlantic memorial event. You should see the uniforms of the Russian Navy. The Gold Braid and the medals.
Nice one Ivan, we miss that lovely cold war as much as you do!

This would normally be a gift to oposition parties and should make "question time" worth watching, but in a parliamentary opposition busy bracing themselves over desks and moral fibre to be found only in the sudsidised breakfast cereals, it will soon be forgotten!
I do wonder if that shiny destroyer scrambled out of Pompey in order to make that all to irreal photomontage had any rockets in it's pockets?

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