CM – The British Carrier Strike Group will sail to India on its first mission


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The UK Carrier Strike Group 2021, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, will sail to India for its first operational mission this fall.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier – the largest ship ever by The Royal Navy was built – will sail to India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and the wider region. The airline will visit the ports on the west coast and participate in a series of events designed to maximize bilateral ties that benefit both countries’ trade and political alliances. The ship will conduct a series of joint exercises with Indian forces in the Indian Ocean to expand our interoperability and improve our capabilities to defend against common threats and protect our democratic values.

Throughout the deployment, Britain will maintain freedom of passage Support major global trade routes and advocate a recognized international system of norms and behaviors that benefit all countries. It will also help build a maritime partnership with India to support our mutual security goals in the Indian Ocean.

The UK Government’s landmark review of foreign, defense, development and security policies released last month Commits the UK to becoming the European country with the broadest and most integrated presence in the Indo-Pacific in support of trade, common security and values.

The UK and India are natural defense partners, particularly in research, development and training of World class. The Carrier Strike Group’s collaboration with India will lay the foundations for this relationship to continue to flourish.

The commitment is a symbol of Global Britain in action and clearly demonstrates our commitment to India, the Indo-Pacific region and coping with Threats to the international order.

Last December, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab traveled to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Modi and Foreign Minister Jaishankar to see progress on agreeing a landmark roadmap between Britain and India for greater mutual cooperation Achievement, including in the areas of defense and security, trade, health and climate change.

Later this year, the UK invited Prime Minister Modi to attend the G7 summit in Cornwall, UK, to highlight the role of India as the largest democracy in the World and as a key partner of Great Britain in coping with it g of global challenges such as climate change and coronavirus.

The Carrier Strike Group will travel more than 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.

The Strike Group will also include the Type 45 destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, the Type 23 submarine frigates HMS Kent and HMS Richmond, and the tanker and storage vessels Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring.

On the The flight deck houses eight F-35B Lightning II fast jets, four Wildcat attack helicopters, seven Merlin Mk2 submarine and early warning helicopters and three Merlin Mk4 command helicopters.

The UK and India have a two-year training program for All services where the Indian and British Armed Forces conduct joint exercises: Exercise Ajeya Warrior for the Army, Exercise Konkan for the Navy and Exercise Indra Dhanush for the Air Force.

Great Britain nia has the fifth largest defense budget in the world – the largest in Europe and the second largest in NATO. It is also the second largest defense exporter in the world.

Sally Hedley, Communications Manager
Press and Communication, British High Commission,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021. Tel .: 24192100

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