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UK carrier Queen Elizabeth holds maiden drill with Japan's SDF

Exercise with US off Okinawa spotlights Britain's reemergence in Indo-Pacific

Front row from left, amphibious assault ship USS America, British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Ise lead a formation of ships in a drill held off the south of Okinawa. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Navy)

TOKYO -- British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has held its first drill with the Japanese Self-Defense Forces off the south of Okinawa, a demonstration of the Royal Navy's increasing presence in the Indo-Pacific.

Japan's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the SDF conducted a drill with the British carrier strike group the previous day. U.S. and Dutch forces also participated, in a show of force intended to counter China's growing military presence in the Pacific.

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