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SSG John Oliver
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Rule Britannia..
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PO1 William "Chip" Nagel
..."HMS Queen Elizabeth will first sail into the Mediterranean. From there, she is planning to launch her F-35 jets to conduct airstrikes over Iraq against the group known as Islamic State.

It would be the carrier's first combat operation - even though the RAF has been doing the same mission for the past seven years from its land base on Cyprus.

Perhaps more controversial is the decision to then go east. The strike group will sail through the Suez Canal, out to the Indian Ocean and on to the Philippine Sea.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to make a number of port stops along way - including Oman, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

Like the US, Britain is responding to the rise of China. But unlike America, Britain has less influence and fewer resources to match.

For UK foreign policy it means a more modest "tilt" to Asia rather than the US "pivot". "...
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