Great Britain sends new aircraft carrier to Pacific on maiden mission

In a speech to the think-tank at the Royal United Services Institute in London on Monday, Williamson said that the 65,000-ton career Queen Elizabeth – which was commissioned at the end of 2017 – would also travel in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. performance to Britain broke his military muscles after the Brexit.

"The UK is a global power with real global interest … we must be prepared to fight for our interests and our values ​​far away from home," said Williamson.

The courier, Britain's largest and most powerful warship, will carry its contingent of state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighter jets and F-35s of the US Marine Corps while it is operating in a region where "China is modern military capacity and commercial power, "added Williamson.

The combined US-UK air wing aboard the courier will "improve the reach and lethality of our troops," while "strengthening the fact that the United States is still our closest partners," he said.

The Minister of Defense did not give a date for the deployment. The Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to become operational in 2020.

Strengthening the presence in Asia and the Pacific

Williamson said that Britain would consider permanent new bases in the Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean to exercise global power – and repeated its position in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph late last year.

"For us, global involvement is not a reflexive response to leaving the European Union, it is a permanent presence," he said.

A British military base on the South China Sea is not a far-fetched idea

Williamson did not specify in which parts of Asia Pacific the courier would travel, but last year the Royal Navy amphibious assault ship HMS Albion steamed to the Chinese claimed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea in what provoked a provocative action & # 39; called.

And last month, British and American warships conducted six days of coordinated exercises in the South China Sea.
Williamson's speech came on the same day that the US navy sent two warships along other Chinese claimed islands in the Spratly chain to challenge the position of Beijing.

The US has accused Beijing of placing missiles and other military hardware on the controversial islands as opposed to President Xi Jinping's promises and international statements about the status of the islands.

Williamson said on Monday that Britain should be prepared – along with allies – "to oppose those who ignore international law" and "to support the global system of rules and standards that our security and our prosperity depend on."

He also praised Britain's military technology and said that new warships, planes, missiles and drones were being developed to ensure that it would remain a deadly force fully adapted to the demands of 21st-century warfare.

One of the innovations would be: "swarm squadrons with network-enabled drones capable of overcoming devastating and overwhelming hostile air defenses" that could be deployed this year, Williamson added.