NEW DELHI: The UK’s provider strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail to India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and the broader area this autumn, as a illustration of the Indo-Pacific tilt within the UK’s overseas coverage, a press release from the British High Commission stated on Monday.
This would be the Carrier Strike Group’s maiden operational deployment, it stated, including that it comes after the UK authorities’s landmark overview of overseas, defence, growth and safety coverage, printed final month.
The overview had “dedicated the UK to turning into the European nation with the broadest, most built-in presence within the Indo-Pacific in help of commerce, shared safety and values.”
The Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will journey over 26,000 nautical miles from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, from the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea, and from the Indian Ocean to the Philippine Sea. Besides the Queen Elizabeth, the CSG will comprise two destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, two anti-submarine frigates HMS Kent and HMS Richmond and a tanker and a storage ship – Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring.
“On the flight deck there might be eight F-35B Lightning II quick jets, 4 Wildcat maritime assault helicopters, seven Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine and airborne early warning helicopters, and three Merlin Mk4 commando helicopters,” the assertion stated.
In India, the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier, the most important ship ever constructed by the Royal Navy, will go to west coast ports the place it’ll “interact in a collection of occasions to maximise bilateral relations benefitting each nations’ commerce and political alliances,” the assertion stated.
“The ship will conduct a collection of joint workout routines with Indian Military Forces within the Indian Ocean, increasing our interoperability and enhancing our capabilities to defend in opposition to shared threats and defend our democratic values, “ it stated.
Throughout the deployment, the UK will “help freedom of passage by means of very important international buying and selling routes and exhibit dedication to a recognised worldwide system of norms and behavior that profit all nations. It may also assist to set up a maritime partnership with India to help our mutual safety goals within the Indian Ocean,” the assertion added.
UK Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace stated, the “UK and India are pure defence companions, significantly in world class analysis, growth and coaching. The Carrier Strike Group’s collaboration with India will construct the foundations for this relationship to flourish even additional.”
“The deployment is an emblem of Global Britain in motion, and powerfully demonstrates our dedication to India, the Indo-Pacific area, and confronting threats to worldwide order,” he stated.
The UK and India have a bi-annual train programme throughout all of the providers the place Indian and British forces undertake joint workout routines – together with Exercise Ajeya Warrior for the Army, Exercise Konkan for the Navy, and Exercise Indra Dhanush for the Air Force.
Outlining the shut ties between India and the UK, the assertion recalled that in December, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had visited New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Modi and his Indian counterpart Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to progress in the direction of agreeing a to landmark UK-India roadmap for larger joint cooperation, together with on defence and safety, commerce, well being and local weather change.
Later this yr, the UK has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall “in recognition of India’s position because the world’s largest democracy and as an important companion to the UK in tackling international challenges like local weather change and coronavirus,” it stated.