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U.K. To Send 'Colossal' New Warships To Disputed Asian Waters ... Eventually

The British Navy only just began rolling out the largest warship it has ever built, but it already has an eventual mission in mind for the aircraft carrier and its sister ship: the South China Sea.
The HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of two brand-new British aircraft carriers, trails a collection of tug boats on the Firth of Forth in Scotland last month. U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says the massive carriers, which have been billed as some of the biggest ships ever built for the Royal Navy, will sail through the disputed waterways of the South China Sea as a show of strength. / ANDY BUCHANAN / Getty Images

The U.K. has only recently rolled out the largest warship the country has ever produced, testing the massive aircraft carrier's sea legs off the coast of Scotland, but already the British navy has a destination in mind for the HMS Queen Elizabeth and its still-to-be-named sister ship: the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

During a speech Thursday in Sydney,

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