"Two-thirds of the world is our playground" - UK says as it deploys Royal Navy warships to Africa and Asia for the next 5 years

"Two-thirds of the world is our playground" - UK says as it deploys Royal Navy warships to Africa and Asia for the next 5 years



Two Royal Navy patrol ships have left the United Kingdom for a five-year deployment that will see them act as "the eyes and ears" of Britain from the west coast of Africa, to the west coast of the United States, according to a British Defense Ministry statement.



While patrolling the waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans, the warships named HMS Spey and HMS Tamar will move as far north as the Bering Sea and as far south as New Zealand and the Australian state of Tasmania, where they could square up with China on the South China Sea.



"Two-thirds of the world is our playground," said Lt. Cmdr. Ben Evans, commanding officer of HMS Spey, a 2,000-ton, 300-foot-long offshore patrol vessel that will team with HMS Tamar for a mission that is not expected to see them return to their Portsmouth home port until 2026.

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