An MH-53E Sea Dragon, the United States Navy’s biggest helicopter, visited HMS Queen Elizabeth earlier in the week.
The Royal Navy say that the visit gave HMS Queen Elizabeth’s aircraft handlers the opportunity to work with the US aircraft and means they can now operate from the British carrier.
Commander James Blackmore said:
“Proving we can operate with yet more US aircraft on board gives us more flexibility and adds to our own capability.
It gives us a lot of options. It is another example of the fantastic relationship we have with our closest naval ally, as we are proving throughout Westlant 18.”
According to the US Navy, Sea Dragons are mainly used in counter mine operations and for delivery of equipment and personnel.
HMS Queen Elizabeth left her home port of Portsmouth in August, crossing the Atlantic to conduct the flying trials as well as training with the US Navy.
More than 1,400 sailors, flight crew and Royal Marines have been working on board the carrier during her deployment.