Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

United Kingdom pitches 'global Britain' by flexing military muscle: defense minister

United Kingdom pitches 'global Britain' by flexing military muscle: defense minister

Mr Williamson explained HMS Queen Elizabeth will travel to South East Asia as part of the policy via the Mediterranean and Middle East carrying the United Kingdom and US's latest £70 million F-35 jets.

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 announcement was made by Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, in a speech on Monday at the Royal United Services Institute, a Defence and Security think-tank.

"And action, on occasion, that may lead us to have to intervene alone, " he said.

The carrier, Britain's largest and most powerful warship, will carry its contingent of state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighter jets as well as US Marine Corps F-35s as it ventures into a region where "China is developing its modern military capability and its commercial power", Williamson added.

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We have to be ready to show the high price of aggressive behavior, ready to strengthen our resilience.

"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".

Defending interventionist policy, he said the cost of failing to act in global crises had often been "unacceptably high", and that Western powers can not "walk on by when others are in need".

"Our adversaries are increasingly using cyber-attacks, subversion and information operations to challenge us and the rules-based worldwide order", he added. "This is the moment when we must strengthen our global presence, increase the lethality of our weapons and a specific weight", intends to declare the Minister. "If we do not, we will find ourselves with fewer options when we face threats in the future".

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