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HMS Spey (P234)

HMS Spey is the last of the five new Offshore Patrol Vessels being built to replace the current River Class vessels.

HMS Spey (P234) is currently on deployment


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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Ben Evans

Ben joined the RN in 2002. Early fleet training included deployments to the Mediterranean and to the Black Sea with NATO, followed by fishery protection patrols around the UK. His first appointment was in HMS Ramsey as the Gunnery Officer (2004-06), conducting several operations in UK waters and deploying with NATO again this time north of the Arctic Circle. Qualifying as a Fighter Controller in 2007 he joined HMS Exeter and then HMS Edinburgh. Joined HMS Montrose in 2011 as a Gunnery Officer.

Staff appointments includes: Major Surface Warship Scheduler (2014-15) and Deputy Fleet Operations Officer at the Maritime Operations Centre (2015-16).
Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff N35 at the Headquarters of the Commander UK Strike Force (2019), leading a team responsible for operational level planning.

Assumed Command of HMS Spey in March 2020, the last of five brand new Batch 2 River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels.

Career Highlights:
- Personally thanked by the Commander of the US Navy's 2nd Fleet for his contribution to the multi-national Exercise BALTOPS 2019.
- Awarded the privilege of Sea Command twice in his career. Firstly, in Command of MCM 1 Crew 2 based out of Faslane (2017-18) in four different minehunters.
- Generating for, and then deploying on, operations in the Baltic region with NATO and in the Middle East on Operation KIPION.

HMS Spey (P234)

‘Last of class - best of class’ as her crew dub her, HMS Spey is the fifth and final of the second-generation River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels built for the Royal Navy.

She is currently preparing to sail to the Indo-Pacific region with her sister ship HMS Tamar. A deployment designed to provide an enduring forward presence for the Royal Navy in the region.

HMS SPEY’S Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1942 - 44
  • North Africa 1942 - 43   
  • Burma 1944 - 45