The British carrier attack group, led by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, has sailed to the Indian Ocean region and will be waging a war game with the Indian Navy later this month to reflect growing bilateral military ties.
India’s military officials said a series of complex exercises will be conducted as part of the war game, which is expected to take place around July 26th.
The UK High Commission in India announced that the Carrier Strike Group (CSG), led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, sailed to the Indian Ocean region in 2021 after crossing the Suez Canal.
âAfter a series of successful missions and operations in the Mediterranean Sea, it is now sailing eastward across the Indian Ocean towards India. It will then meet with Indian Navy ships to conduct routine sea exercises, âa statement from the High Commission said.
The mission represents Great Britain’s commitment to deepen diplomatic, economic and security relations with India and the Indo-Pacific region.
“It demonstrates both Britain’s support for the free passage of key trade routes and for a free, open and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific,” it added.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace described the CSG’s deployment as an “important moment” for British defense.
“The group is sailing in the Indian Ocean and will soon be conducting exercises with the Indian Navy, building on our already strong partnership with an important ally and friend,” he said.
“The engagement illustrates the UK’s continued commitment to global defense and security, strengthening our existing alliances and forging new partnerships with like-minded countries as we face the challenges of the 21st century,” Wallace said in the statement.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said the CSG’s deployment marked the beginning of a new era of defense cooperation with India and allies in the Indo-Pacific.
“By visiting 40 countries and working with our partners, the UK is promoting democratic values, seizing new trade opportunities and addressing the common threats we face together,” he said.
UK High Commissioner for India Alex Ellis said: âThe Carrier Strike Group is a powerful demonstration of our commitment to the security of India and the Indo-Pacific. Their arrival follows the entry of the UK’s first international liaison officer into the Indian Navy’s Information Fusion Center “-Region of the Indian Ocean at Gurugram.”
“Today is a further step towards the ambitions shared by our Prime Ministers in the Roadmap 2030 to bring our countries, economies and people closer together,” he said.
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