Published on: January 7, 2023



Why in news? The Royal Navy’s(UK)  offshore patrol vessel, HMS Tamar, sailed to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as part of its permanent deployment in the Indo-Pacific


  • India is the first port of call for the ship and underlines the United Kingdom and India’s intent to collaborate in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and wider Indo-Pacific
  • The ship and her crew will undertake capability demonstrations and maritime exercises with the Indian Navy.
  • HMS Tamar’s deployment is the U.K.’s Indo-Pacific tilt in action and evidence of the importance to attach to defence and security relationship with India

What is first port of call?

  • The first place vessel stop to visit, accomplish or do something during the journey

HMS Tamar

  • It is a Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessel of the Royal Navy.
  • Named after the River Tamar in England,
  • This is the seventh Royal Navy ship to be named Tamar.
  • Forward deployed long-term to the Indo-Pacific region with her sister ship HMS Spey