“When the Carrier Strike Team (CSG) travels next month, it will hoist the British flag around the world – highlighting our influence, symbolizing our strength, connecting with our friends and reaffirming our determination to face security challenges now and in the future.” Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said Monday.
“The United Kingdom is not limited, but plays an active role in shaping the international order for the 21st century,” Wallace said.
The strike team commands HMS Queen Elizabeth to carry the aircraft during its first deployment. The ship, one of two British aircraft carriers, was the largest warship ever sent to sea by the United Kingdom.
A carrier will include two destroyers, two anti-submarine warships, a submarine and two aid ships, a ministry statement said.
The U.S. Navy destroyer will travel with the crew, except for one warship from the Netherlands, which will be assigned to air defense, the ministry said.
The group will focus on Air Force secret fighters RAF F-35B and US Marines F-35B, all of which will fly from a 65,000-ton aircraft carrier.
When a copy of the strike group went together during military exercises outside Scotland last fall, the Department of Defense said there was “the greatest concentration of warplanes operating at sea since HMS Hermes’ first Royal Fleet in 1983”.
He added that it was “the largest air force of fifth generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world”. Fifth generation fighters are the most advanced fighters in the air.
The British Airline Carrier Strike Group, an international agency for strategic research, says it will be “the most efficient fleet to be used by a European navy in recent years”.
The International Agency for Strategic Studies said, “While this does not represent the US Navy’s offensive team, it may be closer than anything currently in use by any other Navy.”
The Department of Defense announced Monday that the aircraft carrier strike center is centered on the UK’s deep security role in the region, with scheduled exercises with US forces in India, Japan and South Korea and the region.
It also highlights the five forces agreement between Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, one of Britain’s oldest defense ties. Persam Lima is training to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Defense Agreement, the Ministry of Defense said.
The British Defense Ministry said the strike team would travel to 40 countries as part of a trip to the Pacific Ocean. The ministry said the plane, which will allow the strike team to cross the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans en route to the Pacific, will take about 48,280 kilometers.
Britain has not announced the exact route of the strike group in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, but a planned trip to Singapore will be on the threshold of the South China Sea, and the waterway will be the clearest and most direct route to its terminals. In Japan and South Korea.
When asked about Britain’s deployment and French military operations in the South China Sea, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in March that Beijing strongly opposes any country that interferes in regional affairs under the pretext of “freedom of navigation” and harms the general interests of the region.
The British tanker team is expected to sail to eastern Taiwan, an autonomous island that China claims as part of its territory, and Beijing has strengthened its position in the sea and air in recent months.
In its security review, the British government took note of the challenges posed by China.
The review described Beijing as “the biggest state threat to the UK’s economic security”, saying “China’s growing power and international enforcement may have been the most important geopolitical factor in the 1920s.”
The review said Britain wants to increase its military presence globally.
The announcement on Monday of the arrival of the aircraft carriers’ strike team strengthened it.
“The largest deployment of this kind in a century is clear evidence that the Royal Navy has been revived after decades of contractions,” said Brigadier General Steve Morehouse, commander of the Strike Group.
“As our country redefines its place in the post-Brexit world, it is a natural metaphor for the British government’s global agenda. Against the backdrop of growing instability and competition, it reflects the UK’s continued commitment to global security,” Morhouse said.
Japan has welcomed the UK’s announcement that a visit to the aircraft carriers’ strike group will elevate the long-standing relationship between Tokyo and London to a “new level”.
He said the deployment of troops demonstrated the UK-Japan-British cooperation in supporting and strengthening the “independent and open Indo-Pacific region” in the field of defense and defense, according to the Japanese Ministry of Defense.