During a two-day visit to Japan, Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace met with Japan’s Prime Minister Suga and Defence Minister Kishi and reaffirmed the UK and Japan’s shared values and close partnership in defence and security ahead of the visit of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group to Japan in September.
In his meeting with Prime Minster Suga, the Secretary of State emphasised the UK and Japan’s common strategic interests, their commitment to stability in the region and a free and open Indo-Pacific.
During a joint press conference with Defence Minister Kishi, the Secretary of State announced the Japanese ports that elements of the Carrier Strike Group will be visiting. They will be Sasebo, Okinawa, Kure, Yokosuka, and Maizuru. Speaking to media on Monday the Secretary of State also emphasised the robust Covid-19 infection prevention and control measures on board the Carrier Strike Group. This will ensure the visit to Japan will be safe, secure and productive.
Following on from the Carrier Strike Group’s inaugural deployment, the UK will permanently assign two offshore patrol vessels to the Indo-Pacific region from later this year. It will also contribute a Littoral Response Group (LRG) in the coming years, thereby demonstrating the UK’s commitment to collective defence and security in the region in the decades ahead.
The Secretary of State was accompanied Admiral Antony Radakin, First Sea Lord, and Air Chief Marshal Michael Wigston, Chief of Air Staff. During the visit the Secretary of State and delegation met with senior leadership from the Japanese Self Defence Forces and the U.S Forces in Japan.
Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace said:
Julia Longbottom, British Ambassador to Japan said:
Source: British Embassy Tokyo