British Carrier Strike Group Begins to Form

 In E3, UK, Sea, Air, Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste

Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will soon sail with a task group of nine vessels, including a nuclear submarine.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail with HMS Kent, HMS Defender, HMS Diamond, HMS Northumberland, RFA Tideforce, RFA Fort Victoria, Dutch Frigate HNLMS Evertsen, American Destroyer USS The Sullivans and an unnamed British nuclear sub­marines.

The ves­sels will par­tic­i­pate in the UK’s Carrier Strike Group exer­cise (GROUPEX) and Joint Warrior 20 – 2 (JW202).

Why is this happening? – Some background information

This is in prepa­ra­tion for next year when HMS Queen Elizabeth will deploy with two frigates, two destroy­ers, a nuclear sub­ma­rine and sup­port ves­sels.

Commodore Michael Utley, Commander United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group, is reported by Save The Royal Navy here as saying that HMS Queen Elizabeth will be escort­ed on her ’round the world deploy­ment’ by two Type 45 destroy­ers, two Type 23 frigates, a nuclear sub­ma­rine, a Tide-class tanker and RFA Fort Victoria.

Earlier in the year, HMS Queen Elizabeth cleared her penul­ti­mate hurdle for front-line duties after ten weeks around the UK, prepar­ing for her maiden deploy­ment in the new year.

“A final pack­age of train­ing in the autumn – work­ing along­side NATO and US allies – will con­firm her abil­i­ty to act as a task group flag­ship, so that she can lead a potent car­ri­er strike force on front-line oper­a­tions any­where in the world.”

The Royal Navy said at the time that in view of the size and com­plex­i­ty of the car­ri­er, she received a ded­i­cat­ed train­ing pack­age, ini­tial­ly off the south coast, to test the abil­i­ty of all 1,100 men and women on board to deal with every­thing they might expect to face in peace and war. The train­ing pack­age reached its climax with 18 fic­tion­al fire and flood inci­dents raging simul­ta­ne­ous­ly – with the ship expect­ed to con­tin­ue flying oper­a­tions while damage con­trol teams toiled in the carrier’s depths.

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Source: UK Defence Journal

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