Tamar and Spey Show UK Commitment to the Indo-Pacific

Committing two patrol ships to the Indo-Pacific is just one strand of the Royal Navy’s renewed interest – and presence – in the region. The head of the Royal Navy told an international conference in Sydney focusing on sea power in the Pacific that the region was “crucial” to the prosperity and security of the UK. First Sea Lord Admiral…

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UK and Fiji Seal New Deal on Maritime Security

Fiji’s commitment towards securing and policing its maritime borders is recognized through the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Fijian Government. The MOU was officially signed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Office of the Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yogesh…

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HMS Spey Finds Charted Position of Island Was Incorrect

Sailors on a Royal Navy warship have proved a remote Pacific island has been in the ‘wrong place’ for 85 years. Henderson Island in the South Pacific is one mile south of the position marked on charts used by mariners the world over since 1937. On the eve of British Science Week, patrol ship HMS Spey confirmed the error as…

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Royal Navy to Support Disaster Relief in Tonga

A Royal Navy patrol ship will support international disaster relief efforts after a tsunami devastated Tonga. An extremely rare underwater volcanic eruption sent giant waves crashing into the Pacific islands, destroying homes and blanketing the area in volcanic ash. HMS Spey has been diverted to the islands from Tahiti and will be part of an international response to help people…

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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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