Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans is monitoring the progress of a Chinese warship through the English Channel.
The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate is shadowing the Chinese destroyer Xian as it sails east past the UK.
St Albans will keep track of the Chinese ship’s activity as it transits through the UK’s area of interest.
The vessel and her crew are loaded with anti-ship and anti-sub torpedos and guns, ready for warfare.
Commander John Cromie, the Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, said: “HMS St Albans, conducting routine maritime security operations, is monitoring the progress of the Xian as she transits close to the UK coastline.
“This is normal business for the Royal Navy, keeping watch over UK waters at all times. HMS St Albans is one of several warships standing ready to respond at short notice to help keep Britain safe.”