BAE Systems say it has successfully completed the management and delivery of planned overseas support for the UK’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21).
The carrier group sailed from the UK in May and has been supported by BAE Systems throughout its deployment.
“BAE Systems engineers and technicians have overseen the maintenance of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, Type 45 destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, and Type 23 frigates HMS Kent and HMS Richmond, in a number of countries along the route of CSG21. As well as delivering maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s ships, BAE Systems also delivered specialised support to the ships’ combat systems and the fleet of F-35 aircraft on board HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Almost 100 engineers and technicians from BAE Systems and its partners have deployed across the world and on board the ships in order to deliver the support needed to keep CSG21 at sea.”
BAE say that the primary objective of the support period was to enable the strike group to remain at sea by keeping the vessels in optimal working condition.
“As well as extensive maintenance checks throughout the vessels, the team conducted a range of essential work, including scheduled maintenance of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s engines and aircraft lifts. Work was also carried out on the Type 23 frigates’ visual landing aids and the Type 45 destroyers’ gas turbines.
In addition to planned work, a team of 30 BAE Systems personnel had earlier joined HMS Diamond at short notice in the Mediterranean to address an emergent technical issue. The team was able to take advantage of this to address planned maintenance requirements ahead of schedule, minimising the number of days in port across the deployment.”
Jon Pearson, Warship Support Director BAE Systems, was quoted as saying:
“Delivering deployed support to CSG21 has been a complex and exciting project and one that we’ve been proud to lead. We have spent months planning and forward-deploying resource and materials for CSG21 and have been responsible for liaising with everyone from suppliers to industry partners, the MOD and foreign base personnel.
We’ve been flexible and agile in the face of shifting requirements, with the added complexity of the global pandemic. Our teams responded to these challenges admirably, drawing on our extensive subject matter expertise, partner network and global reach. We extend our thanks to our numerous industry partners and to the MOD and the foreign governments that made this project such a success.”