River-class OPV HMS Tamar conducts UN missions in East China Sea

According to information published by the Royal Navy on January 21, 2022, Tamar carried out a patrol of the East China Sea to prevent fuel or refined petrol being delivered to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – sanctions imposed by the United Nations to target the country’s Weapons of Mass Destruction and ballistic missile programs.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 River-class OPV HMS Tamar (Picture source: Royal Navy)

Her work follows up a similar patrol by frigate HMS Richmond in the East China Sea in September, when she broke away from the Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, which also resulted in details of vessels being handed over to the Enforcement Coordination Cell.

The operation is the first conducted by Tamar, which has just arrived in the western Pacific Rim after a 16,000-mile journey from Portsmouth via the Caribbean, California and Hawaii.

HMS Tamar 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.

The Batch 2 River-class ships are fundamentally different in appearance and capabilities from the preceding Batch 1. Notable differences include the 90.5 metres (296 ft 11 in) long hull, a top speed of 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph), Merlin-capable flight deck, a displacement of around 2,000 tonnes and greatly expanded capacity for accommodating troops.