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UK ships on the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment exercise in the Bay of Bengal with and American, Japanese, Australian vessels (Picture: US Department of Defense).
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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Foreign Secretary to visit UK Carrier Strike Group in Mumbai

The UK's Carrier Strike Group is currently taking part in a number of exercises with the Indian military.

CSG21 and US, Japan, Australia ships exercise in the Bay of Bengal 17102021 Credit US Dept of Defense.jpg
UK ships on the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment exercise in the Bay of Bengal with and American, Japanese, Australian vessels (Picture: US Department of Defense).

The Foreign Secretary is set to visit the UK's Carrier Strike Group whilst on a trip to India.

On the final day of her two-day visit, Liz Truss will tour HMS Queen Elizabeth - the  Royal Navy's flagship.

The visit is intended to underline the growing importance of Britain's defence ties with India, with the Strike Group taking part in a number of exercises with the Indian military.

The Foreign Office said Ms Truss would be looking to take forward work on the joint 2030 Roadmap agreed earlier this year by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and India's prime minister Narendra Modi on maritime security, cyber security and counter terrorism.

It reflects the growing "tilt" towards the Indo-Pacific set out in the Government's Integrated Review of foreign and defence policy.

Ms Truss said: "Closer defence and security partnerships between the UK and India underpin deeper economic ties and make both countries, as well as the wider region, safer.

Watch: Carrier Strike Group has intercepted Russian military during deployment.

"We need to protect our sea and trade routes and, operating from a position of strength, be hard-headed in defending our interests and challenging unfair practices.

"The arrival of the carrier strike group in India this weekend represents the UK's Indo-Pacific tilt in action.

"This is a true symbol of global Britain, working closely with like-minded partners like India." 

The Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment to the Indo-Pacific comes amid heightened tensions with China in the region.

Beijing reacted angrily to the announcement last month of the new AUKUS defence pact between the UK, the United States and Australia  - widely seen as an attempt to counter China's growing military assertiveness.

At the same time, India has also been at odds with China after 20 Indian soldiers were killed last year in a border clash with the Chinese military.