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British amphibious assault ship lands Marines in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – The British Navy’s amphibious assault service HMS Albion arrived in Tokyo on Friday extending Britain’s naval presence in waters round Japan to 4 months as London deepens navy ties in a area it considers very important to global safety.

HMS Albion, a British Royal Navy amphibious assault ship, arrives at Harumi Pier in Tokyo, Japan August three, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

The 22,000-tonne warship, the Royal Navy fleet flagship, docked in Tokyo the place it should conduct ship excursions for most of the people, Japanese officers, and defence trade executives. An onboard contingent of round 120 Royal Marines will prepare with Japanese Self-Defence Force models.

HMS Albion, the British Royal Navy flagship amphibious assault ship, arrives at Harumi Pier in Tokyo, Japan August three, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

As Asia drives global financial development and Brexit approaches, Britain has sought nearer financial ties with the area’s largest financial system, China, but in addition deeper safety ties with Japan.

With its ally the United States, Japan represents the strongest verify on China’s affect within the area, together with its rising management over the contested South China Sea by way of the development of island bases on submerged reefs.

Japan for its half desires to cooperate extra with different potential allies past the United States as a part of an even bigger regional safety position.

HMS Albion, a British Royal Navy amphibious assault ship, arrives at Harumi Pier in Tokyo, Japan August three, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

London and Tokyo have been holding common conferences between their international and defence ministers since 2015, and are additionally discussing cooperation to collectively develop new navy package.

At a press briefing earlier than the Albion’s go to to Tokyo, Paul Madden, the British ambassador to Japan, stated the backdrop to rising cooperation was “the tensions on the Korean peninsula as well as wider challenges to the rules-based international system”.

The Albion was earlier docked at close by Yokosuka, which is home to the USS Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet’s service, and has patrolled waters round North Korea as a part of operations to implement U.N. sanctions meant to steer Pyongyang to desert its nuclear and missile programmes.

The Albion, which changed the British frigate HMS Sutherland, will hand over to HMS Argyll, one other frigate, when it leaves East Asia across the begin of subsequent month for naval workouts within the Middle East.

Its journey west will take it by way of the South China Sea, a significant waterway for sea-borne global commerce that’s claimed by China and partly by a number of Southeast Asian nations.

Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Nick Macfie

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