The Royal Navy has a long history of engagement with all of the nations represented at WPNS; we sent ships and submarines to search for missing flight MH370; we were one of the first navies to respond to Typhoon Haiyan in 2014; and, more happily, we regularly deploy ships and personnel to train with local navies.

Rear Admiral Alex Burton

In 2014 the members adopted the Code for unexpected Encounters at Sea, aimed at minimising the risk of misunderstanding between the warships of  navies operating in the region.

Rear Admiral Alex Burton, the leader of the UK delegation said: “I am delighted that the Royal Navy’s application to join the Western Pacific Naval Symposium has been accepted. 

"We are looking forward to working with the partner navies of WPNS to deepen our already strong ties with the Asia-Pacific region. 

“The Royal Navy has a long history of engagement with all of the nations represented at WPNS; we sent ships and submarines to search for missing flight MH370; we were one of the first navies to respond to Typhoon Haiyan in 2014; and, more happily, we regularly deploy ships and personnel to train with local navies. 

"The importance of the diplomatic, economic and cultural links between the UK and the Asia Pacific region were recognised during our recent Strategic Defence and Security Review and I am equally delighted to learn from our new colleagues as we strive towards our common aims of peace and partnership.”

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