British Navy Shadows Russian Warships After Spotting Unusually High Levels of Activity

Britains Navy said on Thursday it had shadowed seven Russian warships after detecting high levels of activity by Russian vessels off its coastline.

“The Navy has completed a concentrated operation to shadow the Russian warships after unusually high levels of activity in the English Channel and North Sea,” the Royal Navy said in a March 26 statement.

The announcement comes as the Royal Navy prepares to help Britains health service and other government departments deal with the response to the CCP virus outbreak.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide.

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Epoch Times Photo An undated image of British Royal Navys HMS Mersey, which has been shadowing seven Russian ships alongside eight other Royal Navy vessels in UK waters, in this handout obtained March 26, 2020. (Royal Navy/Handout via Reuters)

The Royal Navy could be drafted in to help run prisons in England and Wales under emergency plans to combat the outbreak.

Prison bosses are to have the option to call on Navy resources if too many corrections officers fall sick with COVID-19 and are unable to come to work, The Times of London reported.

Other pillars of the British military are also leaning forward amid the outbreak, with the Army helping to convert the ExCeL London conference facility into a pop-up hospital.

The temporary hospital will initially provide up to 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen. If needed, capacity will later increase, ExCel London said in a statement, potentially up to several thousand beds.

.@NHSuk Nightingale opens at ExCeL London next week.

We will work with all of the relevant authorities to help see Britain through this unprecedented crisis.

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Stay safe and follow all of the advice.

— ExCeL London (@ExCeLLondon) March 25, 2020

Meanwhile, the Royal Navy said that despite the added burden of assisting with COVID-19 efforts, it would not neglect its basic mission.

“As the Armed Forces are helping the NHS save lives in the UK, its essential the Navy continues to deliver the tasks we have always performed to help keep Britain safe,” said Lieutenant Nick Ward, HMS Tynes Executive Officer.

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