Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Monday, April 26, 2021
HMS Queen Elizabeth's first operational deployment.
Ther landmark review of the UK's foreign, defence, development and security policy, published last month, committed Britain to having the broadest, most integrated presence in the Indo-Pacific of any European country.
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her escorts group will sail to India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and the wider region next month, engaging in a series of events to maximise bilateral relations – benefitting Britain's trade and political alliances.
These ships will also conduct a series of joint military exercises, demonstrating our interoperability with allies and enhancing our capabilities to defend against shared threats.
This deployment has been closely co-ordinated with our friends and allies in NATO and the Indian Ocean area and this force will exemplify both international and inter-service co-operation. The air group on HMS Queen Elizabeth will include both RAF jets and a squadron of US Marine Corps ones, and besides the carrier, Royal Navy destroyers, frigates and an Astute class nuclear submarine, the group will also include a US Navy destroyer and a Dutch frigate.
This deployment will help further strengthen relationships across the globe and demonstrate our commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and confronting threats to international order – symbolising Global Britain in action.