HMS Queen Elizabeth has returned home, bringing an historic global deployment to an end.

The Royal Navy say here that HMS Queen Elizabeth returned to Portsmouth today after her global seven month maiden operational deployment leading Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21).

The Carrier Strike Group sailed across three oceans and five seas, cumulatively covering around 500,000 nautical miles. The group has engaged with 44 countries, strengthening partnerships with allies including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Greece, Israel, India, Italy, Japan, Oman and the Republic of Korea.

Sailors, aviators, ships and aircraft have returned to their home bases in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States of America.

3,700 personnel from nine ships, a submarine, five air squadrons and a company of Royal Marines will arrive home in time for Christmas having departed the UK in early May.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

“Today we pay tribute to the 3,700 personnel in the Carrier Strike Group that have been our global ambassadors on this historic and ground-breaking deployment.

The personnel and their families have made considerable sacrifices to make this deployment the success it has been. We thank them for all their efforts in strengthening our relationships with our allies and partners around the world.”

Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said:

“Throughout the past seven months HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Strike Group have been furthering the UK’s interests and strengthening our partnerships around the globe. With involvement from across the Armed Forces, and our allies integrated throughout, this deployment has been a truly joint, truly international endeavour, which represents the very best of Global Britain.

I thank everyone involved for their efforts to make this deployment such a resounding success, and I wish our returning sailors, aviators, soldiers and marines a very happy reunion with their families this Christmas.”

The Ministry of Defence said:

“The most significant peacetime deployment in a quarter of a century, Carrier Strike Group 21 has been more than just a military endeavour, bringing together elements of defence, diplomacy and prosperity and flying the flag for Global Britain.”

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Frank62
Frank62
4 months ago

Welcome home QE crew. Excellently covered by HMS Warrior webcam, viewable for the next 10 hours or so: https://www.nmrn.org.uk/warrior-webcam

Last edited 4 months ago by Frank62
Neil Foster
Neil Foster
4 months ago

Shame the BBC decided to focus on the loss of the F-35 when reporting the homecoming rather than the great and numerous achievements of this deployment

Jay R
Jay R
4 months ago

This 1st global deployment will be remembered for the loss of an F35, and nothing else.

Matt
Matt
4 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

It’s a real shame it happened. But as a result, I imagine the standard operating procedures will be updated so the likelihood of this happening again will be much smaller. And I’d prefer this happen in peacetime where allies were available to help, than under a wartime scenario.
Cheers
[email protected]

Ian
Ian
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Or not- since these things happen occasionally and are expected to happen occasionally, regardless of the sophistication of the platform. The fact that losses these days are so rare is what makes them newsworthy.

Mark B
Mark B
4 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

Nonsense. Any public interest can only be good and people are not a dim as you think they are (some of them😀)

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
4 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

The 44 countries the group engaged with will say very different. Carrier aviation Is dangerous. Have you made such comments every time the USN has had flight deck incident of aircraft crash?

Jay R
Jay R
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

The Royal Navy had everything to prove. And with help from the USMC making up the numbers, the deployment was going so well. Then disaster. The most expensive and complex fighter aircraft in the history of avaition, the result of decades of study, and multi-national collaboration, just rolls of the ski jump into the sea. Now by all accounts and evidence so far, it seems this incident was totally avoidable. So it must of been a systematic failure of procedure. So sorry, to me at least, the deployment was not successful.

Rob
Rob
4 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

Complete tosh Jay. Accidents whilst integrating a new aircraft on a new ship are regrettable but inevitable. Every carrier and aircraft type has suffered losses during the ‘getting to know you’ phase.

BTW Admiral Kuznetsov has lost several aircraft simply because the arrestor wire doesn’t work so they circle and then ditch.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
4 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

The Royal Navy has nothing to prove. We have been operating aircraft carriers for decades. And the tone of your comment says you are not of this land 🇬🇧

Posse Comitatus
Posse Comitatus
4 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

Wow, that’s a comprehensive and far reaching review into how the accident happened, and without even being there or examining all evidence, witnesses or procedures. Stellar work……

julian1
julian1
4 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

dumb comment. aircraft lost in maritime ops is an occupational hazard. Sure you can say it was avoidable but it hardly makes the deployment a disaster. The pilot was recovered, the plane can be replaced in the next order

Tommo
Tommo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

Thanks too unrestricted access to Social media , As shown on various Media Platforms including RT and probable Chinese TV Nothing else will matter about the Deployment and the good work it did .Shame Keelhauling was made illegal The QE Hull is humongous

Locking Nut
Locking Nut
3 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

Which is a shame, seeing as they’ve since found it. 😉

Branaboy
Branaboy
4 months ago
Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago

Well done for the BBC news Red Button, “Hms Queen Elizabeth returns to Port Minus 100 million ” . Such great patriotism from the Lefties at the BBC

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Don’t watch, don’t pay. The B.B.C. is an activist HQ. You see nor read anything good about Blighty.

Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago
Reply to  Barry Larking

Only watch the BBC bandwagon jumping ,so diverse I feel like an outsider .So as I can put my Boot through the TV and send the BBC the bill as I Need a new one

Klonkie
Klonkie
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Be grateful Tommo- here in NZ we now have regressed from mutli – culturalism to bi-culturalism. Maori and the rest of us. It is so divisive in fostering an us and them atmosphere. I am bewildered at how a modern progressive liberal government can be so short sighted.

Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago
Reply to  Klonkie

She’ll probably, even make it illegal for you colonialists to stay including herself

Klonkie
Klonkie
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Ironically , Maori were originally colonists too, arriving circa 300 year before Europeans. I simply cannot abide the hypocrisy.

In truth, Australia is becoming an attractive option.

Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago
Reply to  Klonkie

Their better at cricket than us by the looks of it

John N
John N
4 months ago
Reply to  Klonkie

Mate, the looney left here in Oz is just as bad, and our ABC is a direct copy of the BBC too.

Klonkie
Klonkie
3 months ago
Reply to  John N

Thx fro the head’s up John. I’ll limit my aspirations to vacations in Queensland and the Great Barrier reef – my happy place. On a serious note, I admire Australia as a nation and have found them good folk to do business with on past cross tasman trips.

On matters military, Australia does appear to successfully ring fence defence , with both sides of the political spectrum keeping budgets and not cutting

Klonkie
Klonkie
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Ironically – I watch BBC World news her in NZ on Sky. Our local national network is a left wing f**k fest that makes Lenin and Trotsky look like pussy cats . Our labour government’s behaviour reads like an Orwellian novel. Please excuse the rant, but as age I see the parallels of and Animal Farm and 1984 at work.

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago
Reply to  Klonkie

Will your Prime minister be renaming herself as Napoleon the Sow?

Klonkie
Klonkie
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Ha ha Tommo – very likely! Anyhow, hope you and your family have a good xmas, all the best.

Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago
Reply to  Klonkie

As the Christmas song goes ” it’s beginning too look a lot like Chxxxxmxs Lookdown , Enjoy your festive sitting in the Sun have a peaceful Xmas One and All Klonkie

Jimbo
Jimbo
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Exactly! Should be nothing but pride! Naval aviation is a dangerous business as is all military service and the pilot is safe with no doubt thanks to the crew!!! Well done men and women of the Royal Navy! Enjoy Xmas with your families!

Tommo
Tommo
3 months ago
Reply to  Jimbo

Cheers Jimbo

Laurence
Laurence
4 months ago

I think the Anti British Broadcasting Corporation is no longer fit for purpose. Remember one program when on the BBC slated HMS QE when she entered Portsmouth for the first time. Could have been written by Sputnik. Sell it off and buy a few more F35s

Jay R (Putins Lovechild)
Jay R (Putins Lovechild)
4 months ago
Reply to  Laurence

The BBC is nothing more than overpaid self righteous middle class champagne socialists, funded by the long suffering working class of the UK, who live in overcrowded towns and struggle to exist on their zero hour contracts.

But you have another option..RT.

Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago
Reply to  Laurence

The BBC has a grudge with the Navy after Brian hanrahan got slapped about ,after he informed the world that Argie bombs weren’t detonating on impact 24th May got slapped around late on the 25th May after the Cov took 4 impact detonations Thanks BBC

Cymbeline
Cymbeline
4 months ago
Reply to  Laurence

Laurence you are quite correct, apparently the BBC wanted to change their name to the Anti British Broadcasting Association, but it seems ABBA was already taken.

Rob
Rob
4 months ago

Great article in the Telegraph tomorrow. Seems HMS QE consumed 22 miles of sausages and 30 tons of Angel Delight whilst on deployment. Hate to think how many egg banjos too. Who needs a nuclear carrier when you can have it powered by Angel Delight? If I was young I’d join up.

Last edited 4 months ago by Rob
Klonkie
Klonkie
4 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Hi Rob. I can see some sandal wearing plonker bemoaning the environmental effect of 22 miles of sossies. I do miss angel delight though , we don’t have it in NZ. That said, this country does sensational ice cream

Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago
Reply to  Klonkie

Carbon neutral Ice Cream I hope Klonkie

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
4 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Its was known onboard as Splodge.
Not that the colour meant anything . The Chefs would to make it say orange in colour with a different flavor in it…like mint…

Andrew D
Andrew D
4 months ago

Good to hear F 35 Recovered ,on Forces news .As for BBC not reporting QE back home shocking 🙄

Wolf
Wolf
4 months ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Well they have… with the title:
HMS Queen Elisabeth returns minus £100m fighter jet

and with the article heading:
The eventful deployment saw the loss of a £100 million fighter jet at sea, a stand-off with the Russian navy, and a Covid-19 outbreak.

Last edited 4 months ago by Wolf
Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago
Reply to  Wolf

Shame that they didn’t mention 1 arrest for illegal filming and sharing on Social media the BBC equality department ,will probably pay the legal fee for the defendant if it goes to a Court marshal so as too get a first hand account, and interview

Wolf
Wolf
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

It’s interesting what goes on.

Last edited 4 months ago by Wolf
Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago
Reply to  Wolf

Oh what tangled Webs we weave

Gareth
Gareth
4 months ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Apparently it’s basically in one piece too. Should be able to salvage at least some of it. Does raise a question though which is if it really did come to a peer-on-peer conflict in which losses, through combat or otherwise, are inevitable it’s going to be pretty difficult to keep the F-35s secrets locked up indefinitely. Even a few fragments would be enough for material analysis by an adversary, as was the case for the stealth helo the US had to destroy when they went in to get bin Laden.

Tommo
Tommo
4 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Same as with the the F118 in Serbia , Pilot rescued, Plane taken apart and studied by The Russians after much TV coverage

Andrew Black
Andrew Black
4 months ago

Congratulations to the crews and the wider teams who made this happen. We live in a cynical and suspicious age, but CSG21 has shown that the United Kingdom is still able to muster the kind of power and influence that matters on the world stage. The Royal Navy matters, and, through it, we all matter. And, lest the naysayers become too vocal, we matter because we are a force for good.

JK
JK
4 months ago

Great to see the CSG21 back at home. Any ideas as to whether a CSG22 is being put together?