Britain’s Queen Elizabeth visited the nation’s new plane service on Saturday, named in her honour, earlier than it leads a flotilla of Royal Navy ships to Asian waters on its maiden operational voyage.
The queen, aged 95, stepped aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth, seven years after she named the vessel alongside her late husband Prince Philip who died final month.
The 65,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth will carry eight British F-35B fighter jets and 10 U.S. F-35s in addition to 250 U.S. marines as a part of a 1,700-strong crew.
It can lead the flotilla alongside two destroyers, two frigates, a submarine and two assist ships on its journey of 26,000 nautical miles over 28 weeks. The group will probably be joined by a U.S. destroyer and a frigate from the Dutch navy.
The group will sail by means of the contested South China Sea, elements of that are claimed by China and South East Asian international locations, on its option to the Philippine Sea. The ships will even cease in India and Singapore.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mentioned the deployment will assist to mission British smooth energy similar to a perception in democracy and the rule of legislation. read more
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