UK to send navy to tidal waters of South China Sea

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UK naval vessels are expected to sail through turbulent waters in Asia
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Britain’s largest fleet in recent years, Plodila, will embark on a month – long voyage across the Pacific in May, the country’s defense ministry said on Monday.

“When our Carrier Strike Team (CSG) travels next month, it will fly the flag of Global Britain – expressing our influence, symbolizing our strength, communicating with our friends and reaffirming our determination to face today’s security challenges,” UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

“The UK is not retreating, but is advancing to play an active role in shaping the international organization of the 21st century,” Wallace said. The group will be led by aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The ship, one of the UK’s two aircraft carriers, is the largest warship ever sent to sea by the country.

The destroyer will be joined by two destroyers, two anti-submarine warships, a submarine and two submarine ships, the security statement said. The ministry explained that it will travel with a missile destroyer team led by the United States Navy, as well as a warship from the Netherlands, which will be in charge of air defense.

The crew will be based on RAF F-35B pirate fighters and US F-35Bs Marines – all flying from a 65,000-ton aircraft carrier.

When a version of the attack team traveled together during a military exercise off the coast of Scotland last autumn, the Ministry of Defense said, “HMS Hermes will carry the largest fighter jets to operate at sea from the ship carrying a Royal Navy aircraft from the inside. 1983 ”.

The defense said it was “the largest aerial group of fifth-generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world.” Fifth generation fighters are the most advanced fighter aircraft.

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The UK’s Carrier Strike Group, an international agency for strategic research, says it will be “the most efficient plot used by a European navy in recent years.”

“While this does not represent a U.S. Navy carrier strike group, it will be closer to what is currently being used by any other Navy,” the company said.

In March, Britain released a comprehensive review of its military and foreign policy, recognizing the trend towards the Indo-Pacific over the next decade.

In a statement issued by the Carrier Strike Group on Monday, the Ministry of Defense said it was aiming for a deeper UK defense role in the region, with exercises planned in conjunction with Indian, Japanese and South Korean and US forces.

It also highlights the five-pronged security agreement between Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, one of Britain’s oldest defense ties. The Ministry of Defense has announced that the Bersama Lima training will mark the 50th anniversary of the agreement.

The UK Defense Ministry said the group would visit 40 countries as part of a tour of the Pacific. The ministry said the attack team would cross the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean on its way to the Pacific, a distance of about 30,000 miles (48,280 km).

Tense water area

Britain has not disclosed the exact route of the attack group in the Indo-Pacific region, but a planned visit to Singapore will place the group at the entrance to the South China Sea, and Japan and South Korea, where crossing the waterway is the most obvious and direct route to stops.

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China claims sovereignty over an area of ​​nearly 1.3 million square miles and has denounced the presence of foreign warships as the root of tensions in the region.

When asked about British deployment in March and French military action in the South China Sea, China’s defense ministry said Beijing was adamantly opposed to any country interfering in regional affairs under the guise of “free navigation” and harm. Common interests of regional countries ”.

The aircraft carrier in the United Kingdom is also expected to pass through eastern Taiwan, which claims the autonomous island of China as part of its territory, and Beijing has increased its naval and air travel in recent months.

In its security review, the British government outlined the challenges posed by China. “China’s growing power and international stability may be the most important geopolitical factor of the 2020s,” the report said, describing Beijing as “the biggest state threat to the UK’s economic security.”

The defense study says Britain plans to increase its military presence globally.

“The most important deployment of this type in a quarter of a century is a clear demonstration of the Royal Navy’s resurgence after decades of contraction,” said Commodore Steve Moorehouse, commander of the offensive team.

“As our country redefines its place in the post-Brexit world, this is a natural metaphor for the ‘Global Britain’ government agenda. In the context of increasing instability and competition, it reflects the UK’s continued commitment to global security,” Moorehouse said.

Japan welcomed the UK announcement that the visit would take the long-standing relationship between Tokyo and London to a “new level”.

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The deployment demonstrates the UK’s commitment to safeguarding and strengthening a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ in the field of defense and defense, and the deployment of Japan-UK cooperation, “the Japanese Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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