British-led Multinational Carrier Task Force with US F-35s Sends Message to China, and Allies

Two F-35 Lightning II’s bank after receiving fuel over the Midwest / Master Sgt. Benjamin Mota

Following the deepening military ties between the U.S., Great Britain, and the rest of the ‘QUAD,’ Australia, Japan, and India, expanded under President Trump, the deployment of the multinational HMS Queen Elizabeth (‘Big Lizzy’) Carrier Strike Group now to the western Pacific is sending a powerful signal.

It is part of what U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin calls “integrated Deterrence.”

“All carrier groups are – they’re not just a military deployment, they are a political deployment,” said Ben Wallace, the U.K. Secretary of State for Defense. “They’re a political statement. And they provide tremendous opportunity.”

But a multinational, integrated force like this one is even more powerful.

The ‘Big Lizzy’ task force consists of U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Royal Netherlands Navy, and Royal Navy units, hosting a mixed squadron of U.S. Marine and British Air Force F-35Bs. The F-35s, in particular, provide a serious multiplier effect.

We have written previously about ‘cross-decking’ F-35s across allied warships.

This fleet, carrying F-35s into the Pacific, writes Admiral Scott Swift, USN (Ret.) in 19fortyfive.com, “signals to the PRC that we still have the most modern capabilities in the world. Moreover, it’s a powerful message of allies and partners working together to deter aggression and keep the Indo-Pacific free and open.”

He added: “If we are going to deter the PRC over the next six years, we need two things in particular: Deployable modern capability and close coordination with our allies and partners.”

In his recent piece Admiral Swift also wrote:

F-35s are a visible, modern, capable deterrent, as a critical and compelling instance of overmatch both America and its allies have available to deploy today, in numbers. This capability resident in so many allied and partner air forces is critical to address “the Davidson Window” over the next six years.

F-35s – whether land or sea based – are key to keeping the PRC on its heels today and into the future. The PRC knows well that F-35s can shoot down their aircraft well before they’re even seen, penetrate their missile defenses undetected, and destroy targets on land or sea.

The PRC faces a network of like-minded and integrated F-35 nations in the Pacific – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore – as well as the United Kingdom and the United States. This is what integrated deterrence looks like.

And Adm. Swift should know, he served as the commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, Director Navy Staff, and Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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SteveB
SteveB
1 month ago

Very Good! Just need to get President Trump back in command before Obiden and group give our country to China and Russia.

Jawad
Jawad
1 month ago

Fine. But with the Pentagon pushing CRT and the officers and troops squabbling over race and skin color and holding transgender tea parties, what’s the point? Let’s get the Trumpster back in charge and FIRE the current Sex-retary of Defense before we all must learn Mandarin.

CaptTurbo
1 month ago

Under this fake pResident, the US couldn’t fight it’s way out of a wet paper sack. China’s military is not populated with woke snowflakes. They have real soldiers.

Martin A Mooney
1 month ago

‘Bout time !

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP….CHINA…RUSSIA…N. KOREA…the TERRORISTS…THEY ALL Have WEAKNESSES. In DUE TIME it Will Be REVEALED. Only GOD is INVINCIBLE. HE has Things ARRANGED in HIS DIVINE PLAN. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

paul
paul
1 month ago

Yes and it States that America will be destroyed in 1 Hour .

Larry W
1 month ago

I pray to God somebody in military leadership still has a set.

Charles Nolan
1 month ago

China is preparing for a nuclear war in Asia, which they think the US will stay out of. This is the same thinking that drove the Imperial Japanese to think that the attack on Pearl Harbor would drive the US into a deeper isolationism.
While China will lose a nuclear war, many US cities may suffer destruction, as the Democrats are cutting back on US missile defense, to pay for their plans to turn the US into a welfare state with Chinese Communist style controls on the people.
Obama turned CIA and NSA into the equivalent of the Russian KGB, using vermin like Clapper and Comey to subvert these agencies.

paul
paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Charles Nolan

They aren’t preparing for War in Asia . They’re coming for America .

Billy Q
Billy Q
1 month ago

China just sent Biden a message, FU or we will spill the beans on you and your crack head son !!!!!!

paul
paul
1 month ago

The Biden Administration keeps blaming Putin for the latest Attacks on America . It has been China . What a Fool we have and next in line is worse. When China does a full On Attack , America will need Russia to help us . How do these so called Leaders not know this ?

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