UK TO PERMANENTLY DEPLOY TWO WARSHIPS IN ASIA PACIFIC

Written by on July 21, 2021

BRITAIN HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL PERMANENTLY DEPLOY TWO WARSHIPS IN ASIAN WATERS AFTER ITS QUEEN ELIZABETH AIRCRAFT CARRIER AND ESCORT SHIPS SAIL TO JAPAN IN SEPTEMBER THROUGH SEAS WHERE CHINA IS VYING FOR INFLUENCE WITH THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN.

PLANS FOR THE HIGH-PROFILE VISIT BY THE CARRIER STRIKE GROUP COME AS THE UK DEEPENS SECURITY TIES WITH TOKYO, WHICH HAS EXPRESSED GROWING ALARM IN RECENT MONTHS OVER CHINA’S TERRITORIAL AMBITIONS IN THE REGION, INCLUDING TAIWAN.

AFTER THEIR ARRIVAL IN JAPAN, KISHI SAID, THE QUEEN ELIZABETH AND ITS ESCORT SHIPS WILL SPLIT UP FOR SEPARATE PORT CALLS TO US AND JAPANESE NAVAL BASES ALONG THE JAPANESE ARCHIPELAGO.

IN A STATEMENT ON THE DEPLOYMENT, A PENTAGON SPOKESPERSON CONGRATULATED BRITAIN FOR ITS “COMMITMENT TO AN INTER-CONNECTED NETWORK OF ALLIES AND PARTNERS, WHO MUTUALLY COOPERATE AND SUPPORT FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION AND A RULES-BASED ORDER IN THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION.”


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