UK to send largest aircraft carrier to Pacific


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.

Without citing specific examples, Williamson warned that the cost of non-interventions had often been "unacceptably high" and said that Western powers can not ignore those in need.

He also confirmed the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is being deployed to the Pacific region, where China has been involved in a dispute over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Brexit supporters say the decision to leave the European Union will provide a chance for Britain to take on a new global role.

"Brexit has brought us to a great moment in our history when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality, and increase our mass, " Williamson said in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a London-based security think-tank.

Williamson will also say that Britain "may have to intervene" in the future to confront Russian Federation and China, which he claims in the pre-released speech are "resurgent" in rebuilding their armed forces.

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

Britain must be ready to use "hard power" against Russian Federation and China, defense chief Gavin Williamson said as London prepares to deploy its largest warship into contested Pacific waters.

Williamson will also underscore close military links between the U.S. and the United Kingdom and echo Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to raise their spending in order to better handle what Williamson previously described as Russian provocation.

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

Setting out how he plans to spend some of the £1.8 billion extra funding for defence secured a year ago, Mr Williamson will promise a "very significant additional investment" in cyber capabilities including improving the UK's ability to carry out its own online attacks and protect against hackers.

"And action, on occasion, that may lead us to have to intervene alone, " he said. "We should be the nation that people can turn to when the world needs leadership", Williamson said.