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Aerospace & Defense

UK to permanently station 2 patrol ships in Indo-Pacific

Warships from Queen Elizabeth carrier group to dock in ports throughout Japan

Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Mersey sets sail through the English Channel. (Photo courtesy of the U.K. Royal Navy)

TOKYO -- The U.K. will permanently deploy two patrol vessels to the Indo-Pacific following the deployment of a carrier strike group led by the HMS Queen Elizabeth, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi here Tuesday.

The announcement highlights the expanding defense cooperation between the two countries in the face of Chinese activity around Taiwan and the nearby Japan-administered Senkaku Islands, which China claims as the Diaoyu.

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