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UK to send largest aircraft carrier to Pacific

IANS  |  London 

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

In a speech to the think tank here on Monday, Williamson said the 65,000-tonne carrier - which was commissioned in 2017 - would also make appearances in the and along the way, reports

"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," the said.

The carrier will ferry its contingent of state-of-the-art stealth fighter jets as well as US Marine Corps as it ventures into a region where "is developing its modern capability and its commercial power", he added.

According to Williamson, the combined US-UK air wing aboard the carrier will improve "the reach and lethality of our forces" while "reinforcing the fact that the US remains our very closest of partners".

He did not give a date for the deployment. However the is scheduled to become operational in 2020.

Williamson said Britain would consider permanent new bases in the and to exert power globally.

Last month, British and American warships conducted six days of coordinated drills in the Sea.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 12:56 IST