California Steamin’ for Pacific Duo HMS Tamar and Spey

THE Royal Navy’s first permanent Pacific presence in a quarter of a century have arrived in San Diego. Task Group 326.03 – Her Majesty’s Ships Tamar and Spey – sailed into the US Navy’s principal West Coast base bringing some dazzle to the Californian sunshine. The distinctively-painted duo – each ship has adopted the wartime ‘dazzle paint’ camouflage scheme to…

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UK Has Made Great Strides But Must Rise to Future Challenges

The Royal Navy must continue its technological and structural revolution to meet the challenges it – and the nation – face over the next decade. First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin says tremendous progress has been made over the past two years of the transformation program. But in a wide-ranging interview, he said the Navy had to continue to…

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On the 90th Anniversary of the Invergordon Mutiny, HMS Spey Commissions There

June 18, 2021 – The Royal Navy’s newest Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Spey was commissioned into the Fleet today during a ceremony alongside the Ross-shire town of Invergordon, site of the 1931 mutiny. Built on the River Clyde by BAE Systems, the ship is the fifth and final of the second- generation of River-class vessels built for the Royal Navy.…

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HMS Spey’s Portsmouth Arrival Marks Proud Moment for OPV Fleet

October 30, 2020 – HMS Spey, the Royal Navy’s newest warship, has been successfully delivered to Portsmouth, marking the end of the Defence Equipment and Support-led procurement of the Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) fleet. Spey is the final OPV designed and built by BAE Systems at its dockyard in Glasgow and her homecoming is a moment of enormous…

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