Reports: British carrier followed by Chinese subs, possibly for target practice

SpaceWar.com reports: “Chinese submarines may have stalked a British aircraft carrier in a display of military strength in the contested South China Sea, though China claims the ships may have revealed themselves purposely, according to reports.

The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was followed by two Chinese Shang class submarines armed with cruise missiles, the British Daily Express reported this week.

The submarines were detected by sonar operators on the HMS Kent and HMS Richmond as the carrier group moved into the Pacific Ocean from the South China Sea, the paper reported.

A third Chinese submarine was detected by a Royal Navy Astute class submarine.

China has claimed sovereignty over the body of water, which has been disputed by western powers, where it has built several artificial islands…”

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