French carrier Charles Gaulle and British carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will take part in a joint exercise.
The exercise, referred to as Gallic Strike, has started. It will involve 15 ships and 57 aircraft.
[#CLEMENCEAU_21] L’exercice bilatéral #GALLICSTRIKE a débuté. Les porte-avions Charles Gaulle et le HMS Queen Elizabeth, dont c’est le 1er déploiement opérationnel, vont s’entraîner ensemble. 15 bâtiments & 57 aéronefs rassemblés pour cet exercice conjoint. #NotreDéfense pic.twitter.com/DcmGCOhq98
— Armée française – Opérations militaires (@EtatMajorFR) June 1, 2021
According to a Government news release:
“Working alongside another key NATO ally, the Carrier Strike Group will be joined by French Aircraft Carrier Charles De Gaulle for a period of dual carrier operations in the Mediterranean.”
What is the UK Carrier Strike Group doing?
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the deployed flag ship for Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21), a deployment that will see the ship and her escorts sail to the Asia-Pacific and back. CSG21 will see the ship along with the Strike Group work with over 40 countries from around the world. The Strike Group will operate and exercise with other countries Navies and Air Forces during the 7 month deployment.
The Carrier Strike Group includes ships from the United States Navy, the Dutch Navy, and Marines from the US Marine Corps. As well as British frigates, destroyers, a submarine, two RFA supply ships and air assets from 617 Sqn, 820 NAS, 815 NAS and 845 NAS. This is the largest deployment of Fifth Generation Fighter Jets at sea in history.
What is the French Carrier Strike Group doing?
The primary mission of the task force’s five-month deployment in the East Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean is to assist Operation Inherent Resolve, a U.S.-led mission of forces from several countries tasked with eradicating Islamic State remnants following its three-year occupation of large swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory. You can read more about the French carrier group here.