HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group will visit Japan this weekend, the Ministry of Defence have announced.

The UK Government say that the visit will be a powerful demonstration of the UK’s close and enduring partnership with Japan and the UK’s commitment to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. A statement reads:

“The visit is part of the maiden operational deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth. The period in and around Japan will reinforce the UK’s commitment to a resilient international order in which open societies based on shared values grow prosperity and champion free trade. The visit is also an important component of the UK’s renewed focus on the Indo-Pacific, outlined in the Integrated Review. The UK is committed to advancing security, defence and development cooperation with Japan, on the basis of a shared outlook on freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, as well as free trade.”

UK Ambassador to Japan, Julia Longbottom said:

“The visit to Japan of HMS Queen Elizabeth and other UK vessels of the Carrier Strike Group is a confident embodiment of the close and deepening relationship between the UK and Japan.

The UK is committed to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and as a like-minded democracy is committed to working with Japan to meet shared global challenges, such as cyber security and climate change, and to ensure the global systems that promote the free flow of trade and knowledge are strengthened.

The UK-Japan relationship has a long history. We believe this visit marks the elevation of our defence and security relationship to a new level.”

The Ministry of Defence add that CSG21 will continue with a programme of bilateral maritime and air exercises with Japan’s Self Defence Forces over the next few weeks. Royal Navy ships from the CSG21, HMS Kent and HMS Richmond, also visited the Japanese port of Sasebo last month.

UK Defence Attaché to Japan, Captain Simon Staley said:

“The Carrier Strike Group’s deployment to Japan and the Indo-Pacific as part of its maiden operational voyage demonstrates the UK’s commitment to work with Japan, our closest security partner in Asia. To operate alongside the JSDF in exercises covering surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and air warfare, we have pushed our partnership to a new level. In demonstrating our maritime capability and ambition we can work further with Japan in developing equipment together in the future.”

As part of its maiden operational deployment, the Ministry of Defence say that HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group will sail over 26,000 nautical miles, engaging with 40 countries from the Mediterranean to the Indo-Pacific and back again.

“This deployment will provide tangible reassurance and security to our friends and a credible deterrence to those who seek to undermine global security.”

The group comprises nine ships, 32 aircraft and one submarine and is manned by 3,700 sailors, aviators and marines from the combined forces of the UK, US and the Netherlands.

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DRS
DRS
1 day ago

Any idea where? Mooring up QE outside Tokyo as they did for NYC visit would be great but presume be somewhere else that has a military base/port. I presume no port visits allowed though in Tokyo.

Pete
Pete
1 day ago
Reply to  DRS

Yokohama I believe

Pete
Pete
1 day ago
Reply to  DRS

Yokosuka Port…autocorrect ahhhh

Tams
Tams
20 hours ago
Reply to  DRS

Yokosuka. Yokohama is the ‘city’ directly to the north of it. Both are the Greater Tokyo Area.

I very much doubt shore leave will be allowed as Japan, especially Tokyo, is going through a COVID shitshow right now (and they’re in denial about how bad it is).

James
James
20 hours ago
Reply to  Tams

Denying enough that the PM has just quit after only 1 year in office!

Rudeboy1
Rudeboy1
13 hours ago
Reply to  Tams

No shore leave has been announced already. Looks like its going to be the US Navy part of Yokosuka as well.

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
1 day ago

Some interesting points in those statements. Firstly, the UK Ambassador mentioned “knowledge” as well as cyber security, climate change and free trade. Hints at the wholesale theft of IP that China has been indulging in. Secondly, the Defence Attache also mentioned cooperation on future defence equipment. Clearly, this is something the UK is keen on and from what I have read the Japanese are also keen to develop the realationship. However, both the UK and Japan will come under huge pressure from the US, especially Japan, to buy US defence equipment. That, however, is balanced in the UK by apparent… Read more »

Deep32
Deep32
23 hours ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

Believe we are working jointly on a improved Meteor variety. Also understand that we tried to get the Japanese interested in joining the Tempest programme, but don’t think that was successful -partially due to US pressure!!!!

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
23 hours ago
Reply to  Deep32

Hi Deep32, Just found this link to an Australian Strategic Policy Institute article in their ‘The Strategist’ magazine. Have a read, it is very very interesting… The final line is telling, “the solution may come from the other island nation that flanks Eurasia.” The two nations have much in common and I think that the developing relationship could well become one of our most important bi-lateral relationships going forward. This may be especially true with the US seemingly moving into another isolationist or at least go it alone phase, as it does from time to time. The UK / Japan… Read more »

Reaper
Reaper
21 hours ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

“Climate change” there is climate change but it’s natural… earths climate has been changing ever since earth was created…

And amazingly I had some idiot argue japans Tsunami was a huge sign of climate change !!!!

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
20 hours ago
Reply to  Reaper

Hi Reaper,

Er, no the Tsunami in Japan was definately due to tectonic plate motion… Some people really don’t get it do they!

Strictly speaking you are correct ‘Climate Change’ is natural. However, the phrase is now being used as short hand for human unduced climate change. I suppose without clarifying the contribution that human activity is making I was being lazy.

I am assuming that you are not denying the impact that human activity is having on our climate…

Cheers CR

Wolf
Wolf
17 hours ago
Reply to  Reaper

Thank you!! Somebody actually agrees with me on this one! There have been times in history when the climate of the earth was much warmer than it is now or is heading for, it’s not going up forever, it will fall down again at some point. Some scientists say the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is as low as 4%, some as high as 20%. But do you know what creates the greatest greenhouse gas effect… it is the clouds, some 60-80% in fact which is why cloudy mornings tend to be warmer than clear mornings. I have an… Read more »

Last edited 17 hours ago by Wolf
Wolf
Wolf
15 hours ago
Reply to  Wolf

By obsessed I mean when people say that humans are the only cause of climate change and that the temperature will never drop and that we must completely ban cars that run on fossil fuels and close all oil platforms etc etc.

Last edited 15 hours ago by Wolf
Tams
Tams
20 hours ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

Considering the likes of the mess with Alpi Aviation (an attempt by China to just buy and take the whole firm), and the UK’s desire to get some partners for the likes of Tempest (and Japan needing better future fighter plans), perhaps so.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
21 hours ago

Note 1SL has stated HMS Tamar & HMS Spey will join CSG21 going the long way around, west about. If that’s still valid, any idea where they are now?

HMS Diamond also approaching Indian Ocean. Eonder if she’s just ‘patched’ or work was more substantial. Either way, a few mildly pissed-off matelots onboard (leastways, I’d have been in my younger days)

Lusty
Lusty
20 hours ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

They’re in Portsmouth!  😉 

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
18 hours ago
Reply to  Lusty

Ah, well – justifies their cost in that case Lusty. Warp Drive, evidently.

Timothy F. Watson
Timothy F. Watson
19 hours ago

I wonder if they will visit Mikasa, if they are in Yokosuka. A rather impressive & effective British export.

Rudeboy1
Rudeboy1
13 hours ago

Looks like they’ll be at the USN base and confined to ship.

Phil
Phil
5 minutes ago

The Anglo-Japanese Alliance of 1902 was the first Treaty to end Britain’s “Splendid Isolation”. It was the first Alliance of equal terms between East and West. It was finally repudiated by Britain in 1923 under pressure from America, Canada and Australia. It didn’t help that when Japan asked for a Racial Equality clause in the League of Nations Britain refused because of it’s “White Australia” policy.