Saturday, 23 February, 2019

UK To Send F-35s, Aircraft Carrier to South China Sea

British Defense Chief Urges Bolstering Military Post-Brexit, Warns Russia Of 'Costs' 'Drone swarms' led by F-35 jets will confuse and overwhelm Britain's enemies, Defence Secretary announces
Melinda Barton | 13 February, 2019, 15:56

Deployment of the new aircraft carrier, which is likely to take place in 2021, will also include two squadrons of F-35 stealth jets to "stand up to those who flout global law".

"The UK is a global power with truly global interest. we must be prepared to compete for our interests and our values far, far from home", Williamson said.

At an address given to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Williamson said Britain was the second largest investor in the region and it must display "hard power" and "lethality" to help protect interests.

Williamson will also highlight US-UK military relations while echoing Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to increase their spending, citing a need to better handle what Williamson calls Russian provocations.

To illustrate expand its overseas military presence, the Kingdom, will send the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth with British and American fighters F-35 in the Mediterranean and in the Pacific.

"The idea that our membership of the European Union restricts us is the purest nonsense", Labour MP Chris Leslie said.

"We have to be ready to show the high price of aggressive behaviour".

"In the past five years, the alliance has come a long way - it is far more focused and ready to deter and defend against Russian hostile acts".

He added: "To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger".

He said: "Such action from Russian Federation must come at a cost".

"I want to see our armed forces embracing transformation at an ever-faster rate, keeping pace with technological change, enhancing our mass and increasing our lethality, " Williamson said. "If we do not, we will find ourselves with fewer options when we face threats in the future".