He explained: “Our submarine force is modern and extremely capable, even more so when we get the new Dreadnought nuclear submarines.
“We’ve got two aircraft carriers, not one like they are going for – they don’t have the footprint that we have.
“Our frigates set the bar very high – the Type 45 destroyer is a wold class ship.
“The Royal Navy is ahead of the French Navy, it’s not bad, we just have a better navy being an island nation.”
Mr Drummond believed his view is reciprocated across the Atlantic, stating that the US President “would almost certainly” believe “our navy is superior to the French”.
He noted how US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters flew over 5,000 miles last week for an upcoming deployment aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The fighter jets flew from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona to RAF Lakenheath for final training before next month’s deployment.
Earlier, other members of the strike group, destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, also left the naval base in Hampshire.
They will be joined by US destroyer USS The Sullivans and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen while carrying out visits to India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.
And Mr Drummond believes it will mark the start of blossoming ties with Washington.
He added: “By us having a carrier strike group we relieve some of the pressure off the Americans in the Middle East and North Atlantic.
“They want theirs to be focused on Asia, so it’s a huge capability we’ve added to support them.”
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