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UK carrier to arrive in Japan's Yokosuka on Saturday

Anglo-Japanese security cooperation enters 'new phase,' defense chief Kishi says

British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will arrive at Japan's Yokosuka naval base on Sept. 4 as part of its maiden operational deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Navy)

TOKYO -- The British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will make a port call from Saturday to Thursday at a U.S. naval base in Japan's Yokosuka, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi announced Friday.

The 65,000-ton carrier -- the largest surface vessel ever constructed in the U.K. -- is taking its maiden voyage through the Indo-Pacific region, sailing over 26,000 nautical miles and engaging with 40 countries on its path, according to the British government.

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