About 100 vaccinated crew members aboard the Royal Navy carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth have been diagnosed with COVID-19, but the outbreak is being managed, according to a report on Wednesday.
The BBC reported that there were more infections on warships from the carrier group, which numbers around 3,700 people. The Royal Navy flagship has entered the Indian Ocean and will eventually head to Japan. A spokeswoman told the BBC the cases were discovered during routine testing and there was “no effect on deployment.”
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The 65,000-ton aircraft carrier – reportedly capable of holding 36 F-35s – has supported live military operations against ISIS in Iraq and is seen as a clear projection of its strength. Commodore Steve Moorhouse told the AP that the carrier offers the UK flexibility in the conduct of military operations abroad and “keeps those who wish to harm us … on their guard.”
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He continued, “But there is a reality when you buy yourself a fifth generation aircraft carrier and take it around the world … people care.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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