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UK Royal Navy to deploy Type 23 frigate to Japan

11 January 2019
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The UK Royal Navy will deploy Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose to Japan in early 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May announced during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held on 10 January in London.

The warship will be dispatched to Northeast Asia to help enforce sanctions against Pyongyang "as part of our joint determination to a peaceful resolution to tension in the region and the complete denuclearisation of North Korea", said May.

The deployment announcement comes after UK naval vessels were dispatched to the region three times over the past 12 months.

May also said that she welcomes British collaboration with Japan on new technologies, "including exploring co-operation on future combat aircraft and missile development that will ensure our forces remain an effective deterrent, while supporting high-skilled jobs and industries".

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