United Kingdom sends aircraft carrier to Pacific in show of strength to China

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 11, 2019

Britain's defense minister says the country should bolster its military capabilities after Brexit and warned that Russian Federation should be aware that actions deemed unacceptable by the West will "come at a cost", according to a text seen by Reuters.

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. The ship's first operational deployment will be announced by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson who will claim China and Russian Federation have "blurred" the boundaries between peace and war.

He will say Britain will use "hard power" to protect its interest and must be prepared to take military action against countries that "flout worldwide law".

He will also insist that Nato must be prepared to face up to the new threat posed by a "resurgent" Moscow following the collapse of the US-Russia intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty.

The alliance "must develop its ability to handle the kind of provocations that Russian Federation is throwing at us".

'Such action from Russian Federation must come at a cost'.

He will state: 'To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger'.

The Defence Secretary will say the Queen Elizabeth's first mission will be part of "making Global Britain a reality".

He will also confirm plans for new British bases in the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific. Mr Williamson will use a major speech to pledge the United Kingdom will stand up to enemies with traditional military power and a significant investment in Britain's cyber warfare capabilities.

Mr Williamson said yesterday: "To complement leading edge technology from the F-35, I have chose to use the Transformation Fund to develop swarm squadrons of network-enabled drones capable of confusing and overwhelming enemy air defences".

He will say: "Against adversaries upping their spending and advancing technology, we have to respond".

'If we do not, we will find ourselves with fewer options when we face threats in the future'.

"Brexit has brought us to a great moment in our history".

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

The defence secretary won an extra £1.8bn for defence in the last budget.

'Instead of simply engaging in yet more sabre-rattling, Gavin Williamson should get to grips with the crisis in defence funding that is happening on his watch'.

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