The crew of a Westcountry warship got a taste of things to come as they escorted a massive Indian aircraft carrier through the English Channel.
HMS Monmouth was dwarfed by the INS Vikramaditya, which at 45,000 tonnes is almost 10 times the size of the Devonport-based frigate, during the short voyage.
Originally built for the Russian Navy as a Kiev class aircraft carrier in 1987, India procured the ship in 2004.
After successful sea trials in July and aviation trials in September, the carrier began her long journey to her new home of India escorted by auxiliary INS Deepak and Talwar-class frigate INS Trikand.
HMS Monmouth’s Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Chris Hollingworth, said: “I was impressed at the scale the Vikramaditya, which displaces twice as much as HMS Illustrious.
“As the 65,000 tonne Queen Elizabeth Carriers are half as big again we will have quite formidable ships to operate in the near future.”
The escort duty was HMS Monmouth’s last commitment before returning to Plymouth to prepare for a major refit next year.