Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and senior Japanese military commanders were present at the event. Aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, they were explained by Royal Navy officers how the F-35B stealth fighter jet took off from a $4.15 billion ship.
“One of the goals of this deployment is to signal the beginning of a commitment. The importance of this area is growing dramatically,” British Vice Admiral Steve Moorhouse emphasized at a press conference on board the ship. .
Follow ReutersJapan is working to expand security cooperation beyond its US ally to counter the growing influence of China, which it asserts could threaten the region.
In a recent defense white paper, Tokyo identified Beijing as the main national security threat.
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi at a press conference aboard the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on September 6. Photo: Reuters
Minister Kishi affirmed that the above-mentioned visit of the aircraft carrier strike group HMS Queen Elizabeth plays an important role in maintaining and consolidating a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Along with 2 destroyers, 2 corvettes, 1 submarine and 2 support ships, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth departed the UK in May and sailed through many waters, including the South China Sea, before to Japan on September 4.
After the carrier strike group HMS Queen Elizabeth returns home, two British warships will maintain London’s military presence in the area.
The UK announced the deployment of the aircraft carrier battle group HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Indo-Pacific to maintain the freedom and openness of the region. Photo: Reuters