United Kingdom unveils plan to ship new plane service to Pacific

Cheryl Sanders
February 13, 2019

Britain's new F-35 jets will be able to deploy "drone swarms" to "confuse and overwhelm" enemy forces by the end of the year, Gavin Williamson has said.

He will describe the boundaries between peace and war as becoming "blurred" and say that Britain and its allies had to be ready "to use hard power to support our interests".

Stressing that the United Kingdom now had "its greatest opportunity in 50 years to redefine its role", the defense secretary said that, as the United Kingdom braces to leave the European Union, "it is up to us to seize the opportunities that Brexit brings".

'A moment when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality, and increase our mass'.

In his speech in London, Williamson did not announce any new funding beyond what was allocated at a 2018 budget.

In a speech to the Royal United Services Institute think tank in London on Monday, Williamson said the 65,000-ton carrier Queen Elizabeth - which was commissioned in late 2017 - would also make appearances in the Mediterranean and Middle East along the way as Britain flexed its military muscles post-Brexit.

His remarks will come as Beijing remains embroiled in dispute with neighbouring countries and the USA over territorial claims in the South China Sea, a strategic and economically crucial waterway, which includes vital sea lanes through which about $3 trillion in global trade passes annually. "We should be the nation that people can turn to when the world needs leadership", Williamson said.

Mr Williamson called on European countries to follow the UK's lead by investing more in their defence to deter the Kremlin and Beijing.

Gavin Williamson will warn in a speech that Britain must stand up to those who "flout global law".

Williamson will highlight close U.S. -UK military links and echo Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to increase their spending, citing a need to better handle what Williamson called Russian provocation. It was Washington's main battlefield ally in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with more than 600 troops killed.

Additionally, Williamson is expected to uphold the UK's interventionist policy and will say that the cost of failing to act in global crises had often been "unacceptably high", and "To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger".

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