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UK intends to have 'much more persistent presence' in Indo-Pacific region

The Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group said the Integrated Review "highlighted... the UK's intent to tilt" to the Indo-Pacific.

The Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group has said the UK plans to "have an increased footprint" in the Indo-Pacific region.

Speaking on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, Commodore Steve Moorhouse said the recent Integrated Review "highlighted the importance of the Indo-Pacific", adding the UK is aiming to have a "much more persistent presence" in the region.

"What better way to just show that off in the first instance, with Queen Elizabeth deploying here for her first operational deployment," he said.

"We've been working with seven of the 10 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), we visited Japan, Republic of Korea, we've worked with the Canadians, the Australians, New Zealand, so it heralds just how important the region is, and the number of nations that want to work with us, that… view the world the same, want to uphold the same values."

HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently in Singapore, her latest stop on the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment, for a short logistics visit after taking part in a joint exercise alongside US and Japanese aircraft carriers.

The Royal Navy's flagship is currently leading the CSG21 deployment, with the Strike Group set for a busy autumn.

It comes as the Carrier Strike Group prepares for the return journey of the deployment through the Indo-Pacific, Middle East and the Mediterranean.