Navy: Indo-Pacific Region

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to maintain a permanent naval presence in (a) the Indo-Pacific region and (b) South East Asia.

Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to create a permanent forward presence for naval facilities in South East Asia.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Defence

The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in the projection of UK global influence, upholding the Rules Based International System which delivers protection, peace and security for all and countering international threats to the UK, its interests and our overseas territories. Our global network of operational assets and logistic support bases enables the UK to play a leading role in delivering international security. As such, we have a duty to constantly review our operational lay down and improve the methods by which we deliver these effects and to ensure that the UK is always best placed and prepared to continue our commitments to global security.

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