Britain sends navy patrol boats on Indo-Pacific mission

Two British naval patrol vessels will sail to the Indo-Pacific on what could be a five-year mission, as Britain turns more of its attention to the region amid strained relations with China.The HMS Tamar and HMS Spey, two of the navy’s new offshore patrol vessels, were scheduled to set sail from Portsmouth in southern England on Tuesday towards the Indo-Pacific for “perhaps five years or more”, the Royal Navy said.The vessels are aimed at protecting Britain’s interests, “safeguarding territorial…