UK to send largest aircraft carrier to Pacific

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The Defence Secretary has announced groups of unmanned aircraft will seek to penetrate enemy air defences, all controlled by a pilot in one of the RAF's new F-35 stealth jets.

Stressing that the United Kingdom now had "its greatest opportunity in 50 years to redefine its role", the defense secretary said that, as the United Kingdom braces to leave the European Union, "it is up to us to seize the opportunities that Brexit brings".

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, Mr Williamson also confirmed the government will invest £1.8 billion in cyber warfare defences to protect against foreign powers.

The defence secretary said the government is invoking a "Global Britain" mantra which must involve "action to oppose those who flout worldwide law".

"We have to be ready to show the high price of aggressive behaviour".

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"We can build new alliances, rekindle old ones and most importantly make it clear that we are the country that will act when required".

Williamson added that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries should step up and pay their 2 percent share of spending, while European countries must "not be distracted by the notion of an EU army".

Williamson will also highlight US-UK military relations while echoing Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to increase their spending, citing a need to better handle what Williamson calls Russian provocations.

"That is why "Global Britain" needs to be much more than a pithy phrase: it has to be about action, and our armed forces represent the best of "Global Britain" in action", he said. "As uncertainty grows, we must be ready to act and bring others with us".

Campaign Against Arms Trade has responded to a speech "Defence in Global Britain" by the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson in which he spoke about the need for "hard power to support our global interests" and increased "lethality".