The UK and Japan have cancelled a joint beach assault near Mount Fuji as a typhoon approaches the Japanese mainland.
The UK and Japan had planned for a Royal Marine detachment and Japanese amphibious troops to storm the beach from HMS Albion this Friday. According to Reuters, the cancellation was announced by the UK embassy in Japan.
The 23,000-tonne amphibious assault ship HMS Albion left Plymouth at the beginning February, and is tasked with strengthening the United Kingdom’s ties throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
HMS Albion has already paid diplomatic visits to Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Japan, while her Royal Marines have exercised deep in the jungles of Borneo.
HMS Albion’s Commanding Officer, Captain Tim Neild, said:
“The presence of HMS Albion in the Asia-Pacific region demonstrates that the Royal Navy is a truly global force in a part of the world vital to the UK’s own economic ambitions. In doing so, I am privileged to be able to count on such a dedicated team of sailors and marines. They are quite simply the best ambassadors our nation could wish for.”