UK warship makes inaugural visit to Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Royal Navy warship HMS Spey has made her inaugural visit to India, following in the footsteps of sister vessel HMS Tamar, according to the British High Commission.

Notably, the Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessel arrived in Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Berthed alongside Naval Component Command (NAVCC) Head Quarters on the outskirts of Port Blair, Royal Navy officials onboard Spey welcomed their Indian military counterparts for planning discussions.

Further, the Defence Advisor to India, Brigadier Nick Sawyer, hosted a discussion on maritime security challenges and priorities within the Bay of Bengal with Indian Navy Senior Officers, Chief of Staff Andaman and Nicobar Command, Rear Admiral Sandeep Sandhu and Cdre Sugreev.

Also, at sea, HMS Spey hosted a number of Indian Navy service personnel onboard while the warship conducted a maritime manoeuvre exercise with an Indian Naval patrol vessel, further developing operational interoperability between the two nations.