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UK carrier Queen Elizabeth wraps up 7-month Indo-Pacific tour

Britain projects involvement in region but its vision faces challenges

HMS Queen Elizabeth heads toward the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan.    © Kyodo

LONDON -- British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived home Thursday after a 28-week deployment designed to project the U.K.'s involvement in the Indo-Pacific region amid China's maritime advances.

The Queen Elizabeth left the U.K. in May as the leader of a carrier strike group. The vessel passed through the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal, sailed through the Indian Ocean and South China Sea and eventually docked at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.

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