It was reported that Russia has just deployed additional two warships which will join the fleet of 8 warships in the English Channel.
Kremlin kingpin Putin has ordered two of his corvettes North from the Mediterranean to support the eight-strong fleet currently steaming towards the Blighty.
Brit navy bosses have dispatched HMS Dragon south from Portsmouth to intercept the latest arrivals, but they have admitted it is “unambiguous” Vlad’s vessels are bound for the English Channel.
Boasting Russians back in the Motherland – who condemned the Royal Navy as “tiny and weak” – have dubbed Putin’s plan as “Operation Sea Fist”.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the Russian naval deployment was aimed at “testing” British capabilities.
“The Russian fleet that is now sailing from the North, presumably down into the Mediterranean, is clearly designed to test the alliance. It’s being marked every step of the way by the Royal Navy and ships and planes of other Nato members as well.
“It’s clearly designed … to test our response, and any weaknesses in the alliance, and we must make sure we respond in due measure. That fleet will be marked, shadowed every inch of the way.”
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “It is pretty unambiguous that they have set a course to pass through the Dover Strait.”
RAF jets are in on standby in case Russian aircraft attempt incursions into British airspace – with Putin’s warplanes already carrying out drills off the coast of Scotland.
Other NATO warships are also steaming towards the fleet – which is currently being shadowed by HMS Richmond and soon HMS Duncan in the North Sea – as tensions stretch to breaking point between the West and Russia.
Two more Royal Navy vessels are heading North to meet the Russian fleet, which is led by Putin’s nuclear powered aircraft carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov.
Along with the carrier are six warships and an attack submarine, alongside three support vessels – all of which are bound for the Med.
Warships from Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands are all standby as they move to surround Russia’s fleet in the North Sea.
Defence secretary Michael Fallon today warned Moscow:: “When these ships 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.”
Russia is planning to launch an ultimate onslaught in just two weeks once the carrier and warships arrive in a bid to “declare victory” in Syria.
A spokesman for NATO said: “Russia has the right to operate in international waters. There are plans in place for Nato navies to monitor the Russian ships as they head for the Mediterranean.
“At the same time, the deployment of the carrier group to the eastern Mediterranean does not inspire confidence that Russia is working towards a political solution to the conflict in Syria.”
Putin’s sea power has been warned by experts to be key in a World War 3 situation – with Russia’s navy cutting off Europe from the US should war come.
British Admiral Lord West warned war is coming and Britain is not ready, when speaking to Daily Star Online.
Intercepts between the Russian air force and RAF have brought Britain seconds from armageddon amid reports Putin’s pilots primed nukes for battle in the tense stand-offs.
US forces are deploying the Marines to Norway amid the war tensions to join their gear for 15,000 troops hidden in caves near the border with Russia.