Question / Taiwan Strait: HMS Queen Elizabeth

Question for Ministry of Defence
UIN 40727, tabled on 18 August 2021

Mr Tobias Ellwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are plans to sail the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait during its visit to the Indo-pacific in July 2021.

James Heappey

Answered on
6 September 2021

I can confirm that no element of the Carrier Strike Group sailed through the Taiwan Strait in July 2021. The Royal Navy will next navigate the Taiwan Strait when navigationally expeditious to do so and in accordance with international law and operational requirements. To preserve operational security, the Royal Navy does not discuss the specifics of the operational routings of ships in advance.