HMS Spey and HMS Tamar will be based in the Indo-Pacific region, sailing for their long-term deployment later this year.
As announced in the Integrated Review of Defence, Security and Foreign Policy earlier in the year, the UK has committed to a more persistent presence in the Indo-Pacific.
According to a Ministry of Defence news release on the matter:
“Following on from the strike group’s inaugural deployment, the UK will permanently assign two Offshore Patrol Vessels to the region from later this year as well as contributing a Littoral Response Group (LRG) in the coming years. HMS Spey and HMS Tamar will deploy to the Indo-Pacific at the end of August 2021 and will be supported by partners during their operations, including Australia, Japan and Singapore.”
This is what the #UK gets from @hms_tamar and her sisters. It is why @AdmTonyRadakin and the @RoyalNavy are sending us to the #IndoPacific. Ours is an enduring mission, to work alongside our #partners and promote a #GlobalBritain 🦁⚓🇬🇧 @DefenceHQ @FCDOGovUK pic.twitter.com/X9fKVRnyWV
— HMS Tamar (@hms_tamar) May 26, 2021
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“As we witness a tilt in power towards the Indo-Pacific region, we are committed to working with our partners here to defend democratic values, tackle shared threats and keep our nations safe.”
— WO1 Mick Turnbull MA Royal Navy (@WO1MickTurnbull) July 19, 2021