A UK carrier strike group led by the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth is headed to the Indo-Pacific region next month to boost their presence there.
The HMS Queen Elizabeth will have eight fast jets on board and would be accompanied by six Royal Navy ships, a submarine armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, 14 naval helicopters, and a company of Royal Marines.
“The Carrier Strike Group 2021 is a potent demonstration of the UK’s formidable naval and airpower, and the physical embodiment of the UK’s ambitions on the global stage. This is Global Britain in action,” said the British Defense Ministry.
The British embassy in Tokyo said the fleet would be visiting ports in Japan and South Korea amid heavy Chinese naval presence in the area.
Joint drills were also planned for the deployment but no further details were given.
The Defense Ministry explained that the port call and joint exercises would improve diplomatic resources defense ties and bolster a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” (FOIP).
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the deployment would last about six months and visit more than 40 countries.
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