UK calls for closer post-Brexit defence ties with India

Gavin Williamson

The UK needs a bolder and stronger armed forces prepared to use "hard power" or risk being seen as a "paper tiger", the defence secretary will say.

UK Defence Minister Gavin Williamson has revealed that the country will send its largest and most powerful aircraft carrier to the Pacific on its first operational mission.

Williamson also said Britain would spend 65 million pounds in "offensive cyber", and bring two new naval vessels into service for operations from crisis support to conflict.

The report said Williamson will highlight close military ties between Washington and London and will support U.S. President Donald Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to increase military spending in the face of what he called Russian provocations.

"Such action from Russian Federation must come at a cost", Williamson will say in the speech, extracts of which were seen by Reuters.


"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 will also confirm the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is being deployed to the Pacific region, where China has been involved in a dispute over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

"All the while China is developing its modern capability and commercial power". "Ready to strengthen our resilience", he said.

The defence secretary said the government is invoking a "Global Britain" mantra which must involve "action to oppose those who flout worldwide law".

The carrier will take part in the mission along with F-35 jets from the United Kingdom and US. "Enhancing the reach and lethality of our forces (and) reinforcing the fact that United States remains the very closest of partners", Williamson said.

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