HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strike Group has exercised with a Japanese warship in the Gulf of Aden.
Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander UK Carrier Strike Group, tweeted:
The UK Carrier Strike Group exercised with the Japanese destroyer Setogiri in the Gulf of Aden. The rule of law at sea is paramount to our shared security & prosperity. We look forward to working with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force in the Indo-Pacific.”
The UK Carrier Strike Group exercised with the Japanese destroyer Setogiri in the Gulf of Aden.
The rule of law at sea is paramount to our shared security & prosperity.
We look forward to working with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force in the Indo-Pacific #CSG21 🇬🇧🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/Eah81AZRm4
— Commander UK Carrier Strike Group (@smrmoorhouse) July 12, 2021
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. The Carrier Strike Group includes ships from the United States Navy, the Dutch Navy, and Marines from the US Marine Corps as well as air assets from 617 Sqn, 820 NAS, 815 NAS and 845 NAS.
Not pictured above is the Astute class submarine sailing with the group.
CSG21 will see the carrier along with her 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.
Recently, the Strike Group joined coalition operations in the Eastern Mediterranean; an historic milestone as British and American F-35B strike fighters flew the first operational missions from a Queen Elizabeth-class carrier, as they stood ready to strike at Daesh.
Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group, said:
“The Carrier Strike Group’s period working with our NATO partners in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Seas offers unmistakable proof that the United Kingdom’s most important overseas defence commitment remains the security of the Euro-Atlantic region. While HMS Queen Elizabeth launched counter-Daesh missions over Iraq and Syria from the Eastern Mediterranean, HMS Defender and HNLMS Evertsen were conducting concurrent operations 1600 miles away in the Black Sea – true strategic reach.
Meanwhile, our programme of defence engagement involved a huge amount of work in support of British Embassies and High Commissions, but from Alicante to Alexandria and Bar to Batumi, the message was the same: Britain’s friends and allies are delighted to see the Royal Navy back in town. Now we head east, towards the rising economies of the Indo-Pacific. From the Strait of Gibraltar to the Strait of Malacca, CSG21 offers unprecedented influence and engagement in support of Global Britain.”