UK Maritime Policy: The Role of the Carrier Strike Group

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UK Maritime Policy: The Role of the Carrier Strike Group

11th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In the wake of the Prime Minister’s much-vaunted recent announcement of the uplift in defence spending, the Royal Navy are set to be the big winners with increased frigates and destroyers bolstering the navy’s fleet. On the back of this announcement the UK-led Carrier Strike Group is set for its first operational mission this spring, charting a course East of Suez, and into the Indo-Pacific. Calling at Oman, Singapore, Japan and South Korea, the international task group will navigate the South China Sea; a region much militarised recently by the Chinese Navy.

In a return to the global stage for the Royal Navy, the UK’s partners and allies will be reassured that London has indeed re-prioritised defence, flying the flag for a truly Global Britain. What opportunities will this deployment bring for the UK, and also, what challenges will the Carrier Strike Group face, particularly as it crosses the South China Sea?

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to this timely and informative debate, where we will be joined by three UK maritime and naval experts to discuss the return to the global stage for the Royal Navy, and with it, what challenges and opportunities this will bring for a forward deployed Global Britain foreign and defence posture.



Dr Alessio Patalano is Reader in East Asian Warfare & Security at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and Visiting Fellow at the Japan Maritime Staff and Command College, Tokyo and Temple University Japan. He is the Director of the King’s Japan Programme, and he specialises in Japanese naval history and strategy, maritime issues in East Asia, and Sino-Japanese maritime relations in the East and South China Seas.



Dr Sidharth Kaushal is a Research Fellow at RUSI, specialising in Sea Power. His research at RUSI covers the impact of technology on maritime doctrine in the 21st century and the role of sea power in a state’s grand strategy. Sidharth holds a doctorate in International Relations from the London School of Economics, where his research examined the ways in which strategic culture shapes the contours of a nation’s grand strategy.



Commander Tom Sharpe OBE is a partner at Special Project Partners, a communications consultancy specializing in managing reputations, capacity building and planning for complex organizations from government departments to private sector companies, in London and internationally. Prior to this, Sharpe served 27 years in the Royal Navy. During his command of the UK’s Ice Patrol Vessel Tom was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his role in saving her during a flood. His frigate command saw him act as anti-submarine commander for two US carrier battle groups in the Persian Gulf and, closer to home, protection of the UK’s nuclear deterrent. Sharpe has a BA (Hons) in Defence Studies and a MA in International Relations from King’s College, London. His last appointment was as the Defence Secretary’s spokesman for Naval matters in the Ministry of Defence.



Robert Clark completed a BA in International Relations and Arabic (First Class Honours) at Nottingham Trent University, and an MA in International Conflict Studies (Distinction) at King’s College London.

Robert’s main research interests include emerging technologies within defence, alliance building and the trans-Atlantic partnership, and authoritarian threats to the global order. Robert’s most recent publications include for the NATO Defence College and Civitas.

He has regularly submitted evidence for both the Defence and Foreign Affairs Select Committees, and is a regular contributor for the UK Defence Journal, in addtion to writing for The Telegraph, CapX, and The Wavell Room.

Robert served for nine years in the British Army, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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11th February 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


Dr Alessio Patalano, Dr Sidharth Kaushal, Tom Sharpe OBE


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