Skip to comments.UK mulls 'basing' warships in India, plans aircraft carrier cooperation
Posted on 03/16/2019 6:19:23 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
A British news report on Friday claimed the Royal Navy was considering basing future warships in India.
Forces Network reported that the head of the Royal Navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones, talked about the issue as he hosted his Indian counterpart, Admiral Sunil Lanba, on board the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth on Thursday.
The UK is developing a new class of frigates called the Type 31, five of which have been ordered at a cost of euro 1.25 billion. The new warships will begin to enter service by 2023.
Referring to the Type 31 frigates, Jones said, "We have not yet decided where we base those shipsthere are many decisions to be made. But whether it is actually physically based in India, or whether it is just spending a lot more time working with the Indian Navy, I think there is a rich opportunity there for forward-basing."
Forces Network also reported that Lanba described the Royal Navy's increased focus on the Indian Ocean region as a welcome step. Lanba said, We hope to partner the RN in leveraging our collective strength to ensure safety and security of the region.
Forces Network added the possibility of the Royal Navy basing a warship in India would depend on the progress of its ongoing forward-basing trials. An in-service frigate, the HMS Monmouth, is currently based in Bahrain.
The proposal for basing Royal Navy ships comes as the UK expands activities in the 'Indo-Pacific' region in the wake of concerns over the rise of China. In August 2018 and January this year, Royal Navy ships passed through waters in the South China sea that Beijing had laid claim to. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to travel to the Pacific Ocean, via the Indian Ocean, in 2021.
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An F-35B fighter taking off from the HMS Queen Elizabeth | Twitter handle of HMS Queen Elizabeth
Once great Britannia, which ruled the waves, now has to play a supporting role for the India navy.
How the mighty have fallen...
How the mighty have fallen...
I guess when you no longer have colonies to suck the lifeblood out of the treasury gets a bit anemic.
Let them fight the Pakistanis. Or is it the Chicoms?
That’s why we have taxpayers...
The entire British empire was built by taxing the hell out of Indians and shutting down their economy. Indias GPD share went from 24-26% to less than 2% during British rule. British colonial expansion was funded by the Indians.
The Brits are going to get whats coming to them.
Return of the Raj?
Or the Wrath of Kahn?
That has got to be one of the UGLIEST ships ever designed. This is coming from a former naval aviator.
We have 11 active and two under construction....
all are over 100,000 tons.
What treaty arrangements do the British have with India...is there a common defense pact?
The Brits had a nice naval base in the Indian Ocean. But they rented it out. And didn’t big British base use to be on Ceylon, not in India?
The air wing doesn't care how the snipes are boiling the water down below decks....
Britain is now a Muslim colony with a antiquated monarchy that will be in exile with 50 years if not sooner.
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