British Amphibious Assault Ship Lands Marines In Tokyo

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British Amphibious Assault Ship Lands Marines In Tokyo

TOKYO – The British Navy’s amphibious assault carrier HMS Albion arrived in Tokyo on Friday extending Britain’s naval presence in waters around Japan to four months as London deepens military ties in a region it considers vital to global security.

The 22,000-tonne warship, the Royal Navy fleet flagship, docked in Tokyo where it will conduct ship tours for the general public, Japanese officials, and defense industry executives. An onboard contingent of around 120 Royal Marines will train with Japanese Self-defense Force units.

As Asia drives global economic growth and Brexit approaches, Britain has sought closer economic ties with the region’s biggest economy, China, but also deeper security ties with Japan.

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