HMS Spey leaving Falmouth Harbour with dazzle paintwork 040621 CREDIT BOB SHARPLES ALAMY 2
Navy

Two Offshore Patrol Vessels Assigned Permanently To Indo-Pacific Region

As announced in the Integrated Review in March, the UK is committed to a persistent presence in the region.

HMS Spey leaving Falmouth Harbour with dazzle paintwork 040621 CREDIT BOB SHARPLES ALAMY 2

The Royal Navy will permanently assign two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) to the Indo-Pacific region from later this year as well as contributing a Littoral Response Group (LRG) in the coming years.

Following on from the strike group's inaugural deployment, HMS Spey and her sister ship HMS Tamar will deploy to the Indo-Pacific at the end of August 2021.

They will be supported by partners during their operations, including Australia, Japan and Singapore.

The Royal Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) are responsible for protecting the UK's interests both domestically and internationally.

There are currently two generations of River-class ships in the Royal Navy, the Batch 1s and the new Batch 2s.

As announced in the Integrated Review earlier this year, the UK is committed to a more persistent presence in the Indo-Pacific.

The region covers some of the world's most important sea lanes, stretching across India, China, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia.

Cover image: HMS Spey leaving Falmouth Harbour with 'dazzle' paintwork (Picture: Bob Sharples Alamy).