BRITAIN PLANNING TO DEPLOY ITS NEW BRAND AIRCRAFT CARRIER ‘HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH TO SOUTH CHINA SEA




Mustafa AY – TDO – 22.07.2018 That Beijing increased its military built-ups in Spartly and Paracel Islands in South China Sea (SCS) triggered regional powers to seek for allies to form military pacts with the aim of thwarting China’s expansionist policies in SCS. Last week, Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop arranged a meeting with British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson in Scotland. Both countries ministers discuss about the formation of joint militray force to operate against Beijing’s illegal military moves in region, which hosts 5 trillion dollars worth trade volume. So, both Australia and Britain may take initiative on establishing a joint military task force to designate to SCS soon. The joint military task force will reportedly conduct escort mission for to navigate commercial ships across SCS safely. For the joint military task force, Britain may deploy its new brand aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is capable of carrying 60 aircrafts aboard, with several auxiliary/escorting vessels like frigates, destroyers and submarines to SCS.