Britain would strengthen the global military presence: the cause

13 February, 2019, 15:59 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Gavin Williamson

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, he said Britain must stand up to those who "flout worldwide law".

Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office played down another of Williamson's suggestions, to deploy Britain's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, in a challenge to China in the Pacific.

The task of the country he took, in particular, and opposition to "resurgent Russia" in the conditions of termination of the Agreement on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty).

The carrier will ferry its contingent of state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighter jets as well as US Marine Corps F-35s as it ventures into a region where "China is developing its modern military capability and its commercial power", he added.

"NATO, 70 years on from its founding remains the bedrock of our nation's defence. As uncertainty grows, we must be ready to act and bring others with us".

"That is why "Global Britain" needs to be much more than a pithy phrase: it has to be about action, and our armed forces represent the best of "Global Britain" in action", he said.

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He highlighted a "resurgent" Russian Federation and China's development of "its modern military capability and its commercial power".

He said: "More European nations need to be ready and capable of responding to step up to a two percent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target and not being distracted by the notion of an EU army".

He will go on to say: "We have to be ready to show the high price of aggressive behaviour".

The carrier will take part in the mission along with F-35 jets from the United Kingdom and US.

"To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger", he added.

The defence secretary said F-35s "enhance the reach and lethality of our forces" and added carrying American jets "reinforces the fact that the United States remains our very closest of partners".

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