Royal Navy scrambled to stand-off with two Russian submarines in North Sea

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A Royal Navy warship is closely tracking two Russian submarines as they are sailing through the North Sea.

British submarine hunter HMS Portland was on watch as cruise missile submarine Severodvinsk and Akula-class attack submarine Vepr made their underwater journey south, along the Norwegian coast from the Arctic.

The two subs surfaced separately in the North Sea, north west of Bergen, Norway, on July 16 and 19.

NATO and Baltic forces took over duties as the submarines continued to St Petersburg, where they are expected to take part in Russian Navy Day celebrations on July 31.

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