HMS Queen Elizabeth has welcomed 30 NATO Ambassadors in one of the final events of the global Carrier Strike Group deployment.
The Ministry of Defence say here that the officials were joined by the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General Tim Radford and representatives from Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.
UK Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin welcomed the NATO delegation to the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth where the visitors watched UK and US F-35 Lightning jets take off.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin was quoted as saying:
“CSG21 has opened the next chapter of the UK’s contribution to NATO. The deployment has underlined the breadth, depth and reach of the defence and security partnerships at the heart of the world’s longest enduring Alliance.”
UK’s Permanent Representative to NATO, Dame Sarah MacIntosh said:
“It has been an honour to visit Carrier Strike Group 21 with NATO Ambassadors, as HMS Queen Elizabeth returns home. The Carrier Strike Group is allied by design, and has engaged with over 40 allies and partners across the world during this deployment. We are delighted to have demonstrated Alliance unity in operation.”
The visit comes as CSG21 nears the end of its 7-month deployment.
The Ministry of Defence say that the Carrier Strike Group has travelled over 40,000 nautical miles to the Indo-Pacific and back. Ships and aircraft from the group have operated and exercised with over 40 countries.