Just in case you’re unsure what a pincer move is, it’s a military maneuver in which forces simultaneously attack both sides of an enemy formation. And these aren’t just ships practicing a military maneuver, they are heavily armed with the lead ship in northern fleet being a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. We aren’t sure what Putin has planned for these ships but let’s hope this can be resolved without bloodshed.
ROYAL Navy warships will “man-mark” a menacing Russia fleet that is preparing a pincer move on the English Channel, the MoD has said.
Eight Russian vessels led by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier are heading down the North Sea and are expected to pass through the Dover Straits tomorrow morning.
And they are expected to link up with two more ships there, meaning TEN heavily-armed Russian ships will be operating just miles from the British coast.
The Russian Northern Fleet is being stalked by two British warships, while two corvettes heading to Britain through the Bay of Biscay are being tracked by HMS Dragon.
Ministry of Defence chiefs are taking no chances and have pledged to keep the flotilla well within their sights.
A spokesman said: “When these ships are near our waters we will man-mark them every step of the way.
“We will be watching as part of our steadfast commitment to keep Britain safe.”
They added: “It is pretty unambiguous that they have set a course to pass through the Dover Strait.”
But former head of the Royal Navy Admiral Lord West dismissed it as “just a bit of willy waving”.
The naval hero told The Sun: “It’s Putin doing a bit of a willy waving in a sense, saying this is what I can do.
“He’s just showing that Russia is there on the world stage.”
An MoD spokesperson told the Guardian they expect the fleet to pass Dover within the next 24 hours.
They said: “They’re in the North Sea and they’re not going to turn west now – they are going to go through the Channel. It’s hard to say when.”
Dramatic images released yesterday showed our boys monitoring Vladimir Putin’s fleet off the Orkney Islands as they practised bombing sorties.
Russian media has referred to the manoeuvres as Operation Sea Fist – just a day after mocking the ‘tiny’ British fleet.
The giant Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier was operating its Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets near the Orkney Islands as it prepares to steam down the English Channel.
The 300 metre-long Kuznetsov billows smoke in the background as a Brit sailor observes from HMS Richmond just a few hundred metres away.