According to the UK Ministry of Defense statement, two naval patrol ships have left the UK for a five-year deployment as part of its mission to patrol the Peaceful and the Indian Ocean.
The UK Ministry of Defense said he would act as “the eyes and ears of the navy” and the country and that he would work “alongside Britain’s allies, carrying out security patrols to combat drug trafficking, smuggling and terrorism “.
Royal Navy ships will also perform joint naval exercises with other navies and armed forces, the ministry added.
Two months ago, British Minister of Defense Ben Wallace and his Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi had a meeting in which the British Minister of Defense said the country would permanently assign two ships in the Asia Pacific region later this year.
The move comes as China continues to ensure the movement of its navy in the South China Sea. Brittany Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and escort ships are expected to sail to Japan in September. According to Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, the ships will be deployed to US and Japanese naval bases across the country.
China however denounced the UK decision in an editorial in the state newspaper Global Times, warning that it would defend “its sovereignty and territorial integrity”. China said the ships should stay “at least 12 nautical miles from Chinese islands and reefs.”
However, the UK Ministry of Defense responded by claiming that “the carrier strike group is legally sailing the South china seajust like a third of global shipping does on an annual basis. “
âIt takes the most direct route through international waters to conduct exercises with allies and partners in the Philippine Sea, he added.
HMS Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom had previously coordinated exercises with the Marines of India, Singapore and Malaysia.
“We are not going to go halfway around the world to provocate,” the UK Defense Ministry said, adding: “We will be confident, but not confrontational.”
(With contributions from the Agencies)