UK plans to beef up navy deployments in Asia


Helicopters and F-35 fighter planes aboard Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth, docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore.

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SINGAPORE — The UK plans to extend its presence within the contested South China Sea and the Indo-Pacific region, the Royal Air Power Chief of the Air Workers, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston mentioned Monday.

Talking on board the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth docked in Singapore, Sir Wigston mentioned that there could be a “extra common drumbeat of deployments.”

“That will be manifested each in what you see from the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Power,” he mentioned.

The U.Ok.’s Provider Strike Group, led by the £3 billion ($3.9 billion) flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth, is on its maiden 28-week deployment world wide in a projection of power.

The British Excessive Commissioner to Singapore, Kara Owen, added that two Royal Navy warships had simply transited via the Panama Canal and had been headed to Asian waters. This follows an announcement in July to completely assign two warships within the area.

“Our ambition is to take a extra persistent presence right here than some other nation from [Europe],” she mentioned on board the 65,000-ton ship.

A view of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck from the highest of the plane provider’s ski ramp.

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Moreover the deployment of extra navy property, the elevated engagement will come within the type of humanitarian support and catastrophe aid, Sir Wigston added.

Earlier, ships from the U.Ok. Provider Strike Group participated in an train marking the fiftieth anniversary of the 5 Energy Defence Preparations with Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

The deployment additionally comes because the U.Ok. seeks to ink extra commerce offers world wide following its departure from the E.U.

In June, the U.Ok. began negotiations to hitch a wider Asia Pacific free-trade alliance generally known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.