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"HMS Queen Elizabeth" - namesake visits aircraft carriers

Shortly before the maiden voyage of the warship "HMS Queen Elizabeth" to East Asia, the British head of state was received in the port of Portsmouth. The aircraft carrier will visit 40 countries including India, Japan and South Korea on its 28-week journey.

Visibly relaxed on her visit to Portsmouth: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had already stopped by the aircraft carrier on Friday. He had assured that the ship's voyage was by no means intended to confront China. Rather, it is about enforcing international law of the sea.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson obtained information on board the "HMS Queen Elizabeth"

Britain spent £ 3 billion to build the ship. There are several fighter jets on board, the escort unit consists of warships, a submarine and 14 helicopters.

On a long journey to Asia: The "HMS Queen Elizabeth"

The British are reacting to the growing influence of China in Asia. Great Britain is currently massively upgrading its military.

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