The must-read blog on UK defence ‘Thin Pinstripe Line‘ has details about the UK Royal Navy deployment way East of Suez this year:
According to a UK government website:
“The air defence warship will demonstrate the Navy’s global reach during the nine-month deployment which includes contributing to maritime security in the Asia-Pacific, conducting science and technology trials in the Pacific, and representing the UK in Exercise Bersama Lima – part of theFive Power Defence Arrangements annual programme of exercises in the region. The deployment will also allow Daring and her 190 crew to represent the UK at high-profile celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy.A series of port visits is also lined up for the warship to conduct regional defence engagement.”
Sir Humphrey muses that:
“Coming at a time when the UK defence links to both Japan and Korea are positively booming, if DARING were to visit either country then it would be a good chance to highlight this growing relationship.”
Well as for Japan, we know that DARING will be making a call. Japan’s Ambassador to the UK Keiichi Hayashi (another Yamaguchi/Choshu man) mentioned in a speech he gave at Portsmouth at a reception on board JS Kashima on July 23 that HMS Daring will indeed call in Tokyo in late Autumn with the UK’s top Naval Officer First Sea Lord Admiral Zambellas in attendance.
Amb. Hayashi’s words provide a thumbnail sketch of contemporary Anglo-Japan relations:
“By mentioning the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, I am not seeking merely to dwell on past glories. Surely we had the tragedy of another war which we fought against each other and have always to squarely face. However, we are now nurturing a new partnership in the defence and security areas, which perhaps we can call a new type of alliance” Japan’s ambassador to the UK Keiichi Hayashi, 23 July 2013. (link here)