Britain will send its HMS Queen Elizabeth strike group to the Asia-Pacific region in May, the country’s largest naval fleet in recent years, the Ministry of Defence has announced.
“Queen Elizabeth” is the largest ship in the history of the British Navy, and the deployment of the United Kingdom also sent two destroyers, two anti-submarine frigates, a submarine and two supply ships. In addition, the battle group included a U.S. guided-missile destroyer and a Dutch anti-aircraft frigate.
According to the BBC and CCTV News and other media reports, the seven-month mission, the fleet will travel through the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans to the Pacific Ocean, travel about 48,000 kilometers, visit 40 countries along the way, and conduct joint exercises with Japan, South Korea and India.
This is the first overseas deployment of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The largest overseas fleet deployed by the British navy since the 1982 Isle of Man war, according to the Defense News website.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on the 26th, the fleet will fly the “Global Britain” flag, in order to “show our influence and strength”, “reaffirm our commitment to participate in addressing current and future security challenges.” ”
The MoD’s official Twitter account also highlighted the idea of a “global Britain”, saying the deployment would demonstrate “The UK’s ambitions on the international stage.”