The crew of HMS Montrose (Picture: Royal Navy).
Prime Minister Theresa May has said that HMS Montrose will deploy to Japan to enforce sanctions against North Korea.
Mrs May made the announcement as she hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for an official visit to Britain.
The bilateral talks have seen the two Governments discuss new plans to collaborate on emerging defence technologies, co-operation on future combat aircraft, missile development and autonomous systems.
As Japan prepares to host the Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympics, Security Minister Ben Wallace chaired a meeting to share Britain’s experience of hosting large international events.
Last year, 50 British soldiers made history when the Honourable Artillery Company became the first foreign ground troops other than the US to exercise in Japan:
Three Royal Navy ships also visited Japanese ports, as well as taking part in joint exercises.
Further collaboration is expected between the two nations in 2019.