HMS Queen Elizabeth: Deployment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 2020.

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Photo of Kirsty Blackman Kirsty Blackman Scottish National Party, Aberdeen North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on UK-China relations of the deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth on freedom of navigation operations in the Pacific in the vicinity of disputed islands.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Planning for the inaugural deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2021 as part of a Carrier Strike Group continues. It will be an ambitious deployment which demonstrates the UK's commitment to upholding a rules based international system and showcases our world-leading carrier capability. Once plans for the deployment have been agreed, the Government will make a statement to the House.

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