Royal Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMS Tamar, arrives in the Solomon Islands, underscoring the UK’s commitment to regional defence engagement.

The visit aims to bolster maritime security, engage local authorities, commemorate fallen servicemen, and foster long-lasting partnerships.

This visit follows the recent stopover of HMS Spey in Honiara earlier this year.

The HMS Tamar (P233) was commissioned by the UK Royal Navy in 2020, becoming the fourth new River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel after its delivery from Glasgow to Portsmouth.

Deployed on a long-term mission to support Pacific countries, HMS Tamar joins HMS Spey in the region as part of a 5-year endeavour. Having already visited Asia, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, the vessel’s arrival in the Solomon Islands demonstrates the UK’s dedication to the Pacific region’s defence and cooperation.

In March this year, the HMS Tamar joined a French-led international exercise in the Indian Ocean in an opportunity to integrate upon the Anglo-French summit plans to commit a greater cooperative presence in the Indo-Pacific.

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During its stay, HMS Tamar will engage with local authorities in Gizo and Honiara to strengthen maritime security efforts. The vessel will collaborate with the Solomon Islands police, assisting in maritime law enforcement activities.

During his visit to Honiara in April, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly praised HMS Tamar and Spey’s efforts in fostering partnerships.

British High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands and Nauru, His Excellency Thomas Coward, expressed his delight at the arrival of HMS Tamar, “I am delighted to welcome HMS Tamar to the Solomon Islands. I hope this visit further strengthens our partnership on maritime security.”

With its capabilities, HMS Tamar can perform various roles, including deterring illegal fishing activities, intercepting drug traffickers, and providing humanitarian assistance during times of crisis or disaster.

Commander Teilo Elliot-Smith, Commanding Officer of HMS Tamar, expressed enthusiasm for the visit, “It’s a great opportunity to bring HMS Tamar to the Solomon Islands and build on success of recent engagement. Understanding the challenges and priorities of the islands and populations is key to our mission in these waters.”