Indo-Pacific Region: Navy

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 25th February 2021.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential operational advantages for the Royal Navy of deploying to the Indo-Pacific in 2021.

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

An increased Royal Navy (RN) presence in the Indo Pacific provides the opportunity to reassure, cooperate and operate alongside key regional allies and partners, contributing to regional security and protecting UK interests. Such operations will demonstrate the RN's ability to persistently and credibly operate around the globe in support of UK interests, including for the protection of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and Rules Based International System.

Furthermore, an Indo-Pacific RN presence supports UK prosperity and trade objectives in an increasingly important region of the world. Such operations will allow the RN to develop new, and strengthen existing, navy to navy linkages, that will assist with building partner capacity and interoperability.

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