British stealth jets have flown simulated strike missions into Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from HMS Queen Elizabeth.
F-35B stealth jets from 617 Squadron, launched from HMS Queen Elizabeth, are central to the United Kingdom’s strategy for projecting power in defence of NATO.
Operating in strategically vital regions, particularly the Baltics, these missions emphasise the UK’s readiness to support NATO’s collective defence objectives. The deployment of these cutting-edge jets along with their aircraft carrier, not only acts as a significant deterrent to potential adversaries but also reinforces the UK’s role in ensuring the security and stability of NATO member states.
— UK Carrier Strike Group (@COMUKCSG) November 11, 2023
Commodore James Blackmore, Commander of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, said:
“Deterrence and defence of the Euro Atlantic is at the heart of NATO, and our enhanced vigilance activity with Neptune Strike is a clear demonstration of that. This is the first time a UK Carrier Strike Group has been commanded by NATO in my memory, so this is momentous for the UK and the alliance. I look forward to a full week of activity ahead, and much more in the future; we are stronger together.”
The UK Carrier Strike Group along with allies 🇳🇱🇩🇪 demonstrates Defence and Deterrence in the Euro-Atlantic, as part of credible @NATO formation in @STRIKFORNATO. #NeptuneStrike ⚡️ #UKCSG23 #WeAreNATO pic.twitter.com/bxMFqf3SnM
— UK Carrier Strike Group (@COMUKCSG) November 10, 2023
We recently reported that HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group have showcased their round-the-clock operational capability in a new video. The video, posted on Twitter by the official account of the UK Carrier Strike Group, offers a rare glimpse into the intense and steadfast nature of maritime operations.
— UK Carrier Strike Group (@COMUKCSG) November 8, 2023
What is the Carrier Strike Group doing?
The UK Carrier Strike Group, led by flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth, recently completed the first phase of its autumn deployment. This involved participating in a series of simulated strike missions in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea alongside international naval partners.
“HMS Queen Elizabeth and her embarked jets and helicopters have proven their ability to provide the “punch” of the UK Carrier Strike Group during a series of simulated strike missions alongside international partners”, the press release stated.
Joining the aircraft carrier for these combat simulations were several ships from the UK and allied nations. Among these were the Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond, Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker RFA Tideforce, Norwegian ships HNoMS Otto Sverdrup and HNoMS Maud, Dutch ships HNLMS De Zeven Provincien and HNLMS Van Amstel, and the Belgian frigate BNS Louise Marie.