Britain sending HMS Queen Elizabeth with F35s to Pacific

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson in his speech at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) outlining the future direction of the UK Armed Forces noted that Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)’s first operational mission include the Pacific.

“I can announce the first operational mission of the HMS Queen Elizabeth will include the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Pacific region. Making Global Britain a reality, ” he said.

“Significantly, British and American F35s will be embedded in the carrier’s air wing. Enhancing the reach and lethality of our forces and reinforcing the fact that the United States remains our very closest of partners,” he added.

He also noted that they share a same vision with United States. “A world shaped by individual liberty, the rule of law and, of course, the tolerance of others,” he said.

“We have the unique ability to integrate with US forces across a broad spectrum of areas. And, we are more determined than ever to keep working together,” he added.