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The Telegraph

On board HMS Queen Elizabeth: Navy’s £3bn warship playing cat and mouse with Russia

When HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail on her maiden operational voyage, her crew expected Russia to keep a close eye on the warship. However, the sheer extent of Russian surveillance already seen has gone far beyond what the military expected. As crew on board the £3 billion warship set about preparing two F-35B fighter jets on Sunday morning to take part in their first ever combat operation against Islamic State (IS), a further two jets had to be deployed at short notice to investigate Russian airc