Military leaders have drawn up plans to found one of the new British aircraft carriers in the Far East to play a role in the fight against an increasingly assertive China, The temperature can reveal.
HMS reine Elizabeth, the first of two carriers to complete training, will set out on their first long voyage as the centerpiece of an aircraft carrier group early next year. The £ 3.1 billion ship is expected to travel to the Far East, conducting military exercises with allies, including the United States and Japan.
It is also likely to spend some time as a “floating trade fair”, used as a platform for transactions, according to a defense source.
The carrier has a crew of approximately 700 people, increasing to 1,600 when fighter jets