Royal Navy warship HMS Defender will support the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle when she deploys to tackle IS. The ship will provide air defence cover for the French carrier.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“France is firmly resolved in its determination to tackle ISIL and we need to help too. This barbaric terrorist organisation must be destroyed and it’s right that we offer all the support we can to confront them.
We will continue our own advanced surveillance and strike missions against ISIL. They are a threat to our security in the UK, as well as to France and the rest of Europe. We will consider any further requests for support from France under Article 42.7 of the EU Treaty following Friday’s Paris terror attacks.”
HMS Defender sailed from Portsmouth last month for a nine-month deployment under the command of Commander Stephen Higham.