I am delighted to support UK interests in the Asia-Pacific. Our deployment serves as a fantastic example of the flexibility and global reach of the Royal Navy.

Captain Tim Neild

Captain Tim Neild, the Commanding Officer of HMS Albion, said: "I am delighted to support UK interests in the Asia-Pacific. Our deployment serves as a fantastic example of the flexibility and global reach of the Royal Navy.

“HMS Albion is a very capable warship, manned by a crew of highly trained and hugely professional sailors and Royal Marines, and the opportunity for us to work with allies and partners provides a clear demonstration of the UK’s unwavering commitment to the peace, security and prosperity of the region as a whole.

"As always, I am extremely grateful for the ongoing support from our families and friends back home as we carry out these important international responsibilities on the other side of the world."

HMS Argyll will arrive in the region later in the year, when she will participate in a Five Power Defence Arrangements exercise with Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore before also travelling to North East Asia for further joint training and exercises.

The deployment of these three ships will mean that the Royal Navy will have a vessel in the strategically critical Asia-Pacific region for the first time since 2013 and will have an almost unbroken presence there this year.