Hong Kong (CNN) – Plotilla, the largest fleet assembled by Britain in recent years, will travel across the Pacific in May on a one-month voyage, the UK Defense Ministry said on Monday.
When our Carrier Strike Team (CSG) travels next month, it will fly the British flag globally: it will show our influence, symbolize our strength, reaffirm our commitment to engage with our friends and face challenges. Today’s security challenges tomorrow, ‘said UK Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace on Monday.
“The UK is not backing down, it is moving forward to play an active role in shaping the international organization of the 21st century,” Wallace said.
The strike group will be led by flight carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which will have its first deployment. The ship, one of England’s two aircraft carriers, was the largest warship ever sent to sea by the British.
Two destroyers, two anti-submarine warships, one submarine and two submarine ships will join the carrier, the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said the U.S. Navy will travel with the guided anti-missile team, as well as a warship from the Netherlands to handle air defense.
The air force within the crew will focus on the Royal Air Force (RAF) F-35B pirate fighters and the United States Marine Corps F-35B, all of which will fly from the deck of the 65,000-ton aircraft carrier.
When a version of this carrier strike team traveled together during military exercises from Scotland last fall, the Ministry of Defense announced in 1983 that HMS Hermes would be the first Royal Navy aircraft carrier to carry the largest fighter jets operating at sea. ‘.
He added that it was “the fifth largest generation fighter aircraft crew anywhere in the world at sea”. Fifth generation fighters are the most advanced fighter aircraft in the air.
The UK’s carrier strike group, the International Agency for Strategic Research (IISS), says it will be “the most efficient plot used by a European navy in recent years.”
“While it does not represent a U.S. Navy carrier strike group, it is closer than anything currently in use by any other Navy,” the IISS said.
Acknowledging that the Indo-Pacific side is leaning towards the next decade, Britain released a detailed review of its military and foreign policy in March.
In a Carrier Strike Committee announcement on Monday, the Ministry of Defense said it was targeting a deeper UK defense role in the region, with exercises planned with US forces in India, Japan and South Korea and the region.
It also highlights the five energy security agreements 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 security agreement.
The UK Defense Ministry said the strike team would travel to 40 countries as part of a trip to the Pacific. The ministry said the voyage would take the strikers across the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans on their way to the Pacific, a distance of about 30,000 miles (48,280 km).
Britain has not released the exact route of the strike group in the Indo-Pacific region, but a planned visit to Singapore will be located at the gateway to the South China Sea, and Japan and South Korea will be the clearest and most direct route to its stops by sea.
China claims nearly 1.3 million square miles of the South China Sea as its sovereignty and denounces its existence Foreign warships The region is at the root of tensions.
When asked about British deployment and French military operations in the South China Sea in March, the Chinese Defense Ministry said that Beijing “strongly opposes any country interfering in regional affairs under the pretext of ‘freedom of navigation’ and that it would be detrimental to the common interest.”
The UK carrier team is also expected to head east to Taiwan, an autonomous island that China also claims as part of its territory, around which Beijing has increased its naval and air operations 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 review said, describing Beijing as “the biggest government threat to the UK’s economic security”.
The review said Britain plans to increase its military presence around the world.
Monday’s announcement of the carrier strike committee’s limit reinforced that idea.
“The most important deployment of this kind in a quarter of a century is a clear demonstration of the resurgence of the Royal Navy after decades of shrinking,” Commodore Steve Moorehouse, commander of the strike committee, said in a statement.
“As our country redefines its place in the world after Brexit, it is a natural metaphor for the government’s agenda for a ‘global Britain’. Against the backdrop of growing instability and competition, it reflects the UK’s continued commitment to global security,” Moorehouse said.
Japan welcomed the UK announcement, saying the arrival of the carrier strike group would “elevate” the long-standing relationship between Tokyo and London.
The deployment demonstrates the UK’s commitment to maintaining and strengthening an ‘independent and open Indo-Pacific’ in the field of defense and defense, and cooperation between Japan and the United Kingdom, “the ministry said in a statement.