First Combat Air Strikes from HMS Queen Elizabeth

June 22, 2021 – The UK’s Carrier Strike Group has joined the fight against Islamic terrorism with F-35 jets carrying out their very first combat missions from HMS Queen Elizabeth. Stealth jets of the renowned 617 Squadron RAF (The Dambusters) carried out operational sorties for the first time in support of Operation Shader and US Operation Inherent Resolve. Defence Secretary…

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Carrier Strike exercise sees F-35s from four nations train together

June 15, 2021 – Stealth fighter jets embarked with the UK Carrier Strike Group have exercised with other F-35 aircraft from three other nations. The jets aboard UK flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth have participated in Exercise Falcon Strike 21, a multi-national training exercise led by the Italian Air Force. It saw F-35 Lightning stealth fighters from four nations train together…

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French and British Strike Groups Train Together

June 7, 2021 (Google Translation) – Tuesday 1 st June 2021 represented a historic day in the Franco-British naval cooperation. While the French Carrier Strike Group (GAN) formed around the Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier (PA) returned from its CLEMENCEAU 21 deployment started last February, the British GAN led by Queen Elizabeth began its first operational deployment of long duration.…

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NATO Secretary General Visits HMS Queen Elizabeth on NATO Exercise Steadfast Defender

May 27, 2021 – NATO ships, submarines, and aircraft are training off the coast of Portugal to practice NATO’s ability to defend sea lines of communication between North America and Europe. Among the 20 ships participating in exercise Steadfast Defender is the Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on its maiden deployment. Mr. Stoltenberg was joined by the…

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RN Carrier Strike Group to Visit 40 Nations

April 26, 2021 – The UK’s Carrier Strike Group will visit more than one fifth of the world’s nations when it sails next month. Led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, the task group will visit 40 nations including India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore in a deployment covering 26,000 nautical miles. The group will also join up and take part…

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Communist China Slams European Naval Deployments to the South China Sea

April 26, 2021 – Concerning the EU’s statement on the South China Sea, a spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the European Union (EU) said on April 24 that the destabilizing factors and security risks in the South China Sea mainly come from outside the region, and the South China Sea should not become a tool for certain countries to…

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USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) Deploys in Support of British Carrier Task Group 21

April 19, 2021 – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), departed Mayport, Apr. 19, for deployment to participate in HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) Strike Group. The inclusion of U.S. forces in the strike group will improve expeditionary capabilities and interoperability between NATO allies, demonstrating the United States’ commitment to the NATO alliance. “It is an honor…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Embarks Ammunition for First Deployment

March 15, 2021 – The Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived in Glen Mallan, Scotland, as part of final preparations before her first operational deployment. Sailing in along the Firth of Clyde, the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier has spent the last two weeks at sea testing and trialing her latest equipment, before berthing at the new Northern Ammunition…

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HMS Defender Begins Predeployment Workups

March 2, 2021 – HMS Defender has left Portsmouth to take part in intensive training ahead of a busy year as part of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strike Group 21 mission. The Type 45 Destroyer recently sailed from Portsmouth to take part in intensive training to prepare for missions around the world this spring on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s landmark deployment.…

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