Gavin Williamson: Drone 'swarm squadrons' to be deployed by military

HMS Queen Elizabeth will deploy to the Middle East and Pacific on her maiden operational mission

HMS Queen Elizabeth will deploy to the Middle East and Pacific on her maiden operational mission

"This is the moment when we must strengthen our global presence, increase the lethality of our weapons and a specific weight", intends to declare the Minister.

He said they would be able to respond "at a moment's notice" to support the Royal Marines.

In a keynote speech on the country's new military strategy later on Monday, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to announce that the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be deployed to disputed waters in the Pacific in a show of "hard power", The Independent reports.

Deployment of the new aircraft carrier, which is likely to take place in 2021, will also include two squadrons of F-35 stealth jets to "stand up to those who flout global law".

Beijing now controls the vast majority of islands, reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, which are also claimed by a number of other nations in the region, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Brunei.

Over the last five years China has rapidly built artificial islands housing significant military infrastructure on what had been low-lying reefs.

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Britain should use Brexit as a springboard to "maximise our influence around the world" and strengthen a close alliance with the USA amid security threats from Russian Federation and China, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Monday.

The defence secretary said Russian Federation is "resurgent" and rebuilding its military arsenal, adding that China is also developing its modern capability and commercial power. "Ready to strengthen our resilience".

Without citing specific examples, Williamson warned that the cost of non-interventions had often been "unacceptably high" and said that Western powers can not ignore those in need.

He added: "To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger".

Williamson said Brexit brought an "unparalleled opportunity" to consider how the United Kingdom could maximise its influence around the world.

Williamson also said Britain would spend 65 million pounds in "offensive cyber", and bring two new naval vessels into service for operations from crisis support to conflict.

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