Britain’s two warships would be permanently deployed in Asian waters, in bid to deepen security ties with Tokyo.
According to CNN report, the decision which was revealed on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, is as a result of “growing alarm in recent months over China’s territorial ambitions in the region, including Taiwan.”
Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and escort ships is scheduled to sail to Japan in September, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi confirmed following a meeting in Tokyo with the U.K. Defense Minister Ben Wallace.
“Following on from the strike group’s inaugural deployment, the United Kingdom will permanently assign two ships in the region from later this year,” Wallace said in a joint announcement in Tokyo with his Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi.
After their arrival in Japan, Kishi said, the Queen Elizabeth and its escort ships would split up for separate port calls to US and Japanese naval bases along the Japanese archipelago.
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