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Britain’s flagship aircraft carrier needs protection from ‘frightening Russian threat’, its captain warns

Britain’s new aircraft carrier needs protection from the ‘frightening Russian threat’ as it crosses the Atlantic for sea trials, the captain has said.

Speaking ahead of the deployment to New York and the east coast of America, Commodore Andrew Betton, commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, said that the carrier would have protection from other Royal Navy warships in the task group.

And he said that the beleaguered Type 45 air defence destroyers, beset with propulsion issues which require an engine refit, will be repaired and ready to support the Queen Elizabeth by the time it embarks on its first operational deployment in 2021.

Cdre Betton said: “We need to protect the ship from any threats…

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