China's Submarines Attempt to Shadow UK Aircraft Carrier Heading to Pacific, British Media Claims
© AFP 2021 / ROYAL NAVY / CROWN COPYRIGHTThis handout image provided by the official Twitter account of Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Royal Navy, Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group on July 6, 2021 shows a view of the vessels of the strike group sailing behind the Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier through Egypt's Suez Canal.
LONDON (Sputnik) - Chinese nuclear submarines tried to secretly follow UK aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth that was moving into the Pacific Ocean, but were soon identified, the Express newspaper reported on Sunday.
Queen Elizabeth was on the way from the South China Sea to the Pacific, when sonar radars aboard the ships protecting the carrier group detected two Chinese Shang class submarines, according to the newspaper.
The incident occurred in the area of the South China Sea claimed by Beijing.
On Friday, US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said that China had noticeably ramped up its military capabilities, leaving the United States behind.