Queen Elizabeth II visits aircraft carrier ahead of first deployment – fr

Queen Elizabeth II visits aircraft carrier ahead of first deployment – fr

LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II made a quick visit on Saturday to the flagship Royal Navy aircraft carrier named after its eponymous 16th century predecessor, ahead of its first operational deployment.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the last Royal Navy ship to honor the Tudor-era monarch who defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588, will conduct a 28-week deployment to Asia which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted on fact that he was not confrontational with China.

The £ 3bn ($ 4.2bn) ship, which has eight RAF F35B stealth fighter jets on board, is due to depart from Portsmouth Naval Base in southern England, accompanied by six ships of the Royal Navy, a submarine, 14 naval helicopters and a company of the Royal Marines.

Arrived by helicopter, the 95-year-old monarch was greeted by the ship’s commander, Captain Angus Essenhigh, and Commodore Stephen Moorhouse, commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group.

On board, she was briefed on the upcoming deployment and had the chance to chat with some of the 1,700 personnel. The Queen wore a scarab brooch which had been a gift from her late husband Prince Philip, a high-ranking former naval officer who died last month at the age of 99.

The carrier group will cross the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, then from the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean to the Philippine Sea.

He will make visits to 40 countries including India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore with more than 70 engagements, in particular by sailing alongside the French carrier Charles De Gaulle in the Mediterranean. A total of 3,700 Sailors, Airmen and Marines are involved in the deployment which will cover 25,000 nautical miles.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the deployment “will fly the flag of global Britain – projecting our influence, signaling our might, engaging with our friends and reaffirming our commitment to meet the security challenges of the world. ‘today and tomorrow’.

The trip comes after the UK government’s defense and foreign policy review recommended that the UK “shift” its attention to the Indo-Pacific region, in response to China’s growing influence on the scene global.

“One of the things we will do clearly is show our friends in China that we believe in the international law of the sea and in a confident but not confrontational way we will defend this point,” Johnson said while visit HMS Queen Elizabeth on Friday.


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