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Indo-Pacific

UK projects power in East Asia with carrier deployment

Queen Elizabeth strike group sends warning to China while shoring up US

An F-35B stealth fighter, capable of landing vertically, is serviced aboard the deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The warship was commissioned in 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Navy)

TOKYO/BEIJING -- In June 2018, the British navy's flagship amphibious assault ship HMS Albion pulled into the No. 8 berth of Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, just across from the No. 12 berth, the home of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

After vehicles were offloaded, a green net was hung in front of the hangar door, indicating that repairs were being conducted during the port call.

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