The massive fleet of 17 warships currently in the Pacific, including a number of aircraft carriers, is composed of vessels from Britain, America, The Netherlands, Japan, Canada and New Zealand.

The fleet is comprised of aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth, JS Ise, USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Carl Vinson in addition to the JS Kirishima, JS Yamagiri, USS Shiloh, USS Lake Champlain, USS The Sullivans, USS Chafee, HMS Kent, HMS Defender, RFA Fort Victoria, RFA Tidespring, HNLMS Evertsen, HMCS Winnipeg and HMNZS Te Kahan.

Image via Japanese MoD.

The fleet comprised 17 vessels.

Image via Japanese MoD.

Open Source Intelligence account Intel Air & Sea has determined each of the vessels involved, he’s worth a follow so I recommend doing so.

The imagery from the event is fantastic.

The vessels are conducting joint training.

As part of its maiden operational deployment, the Ministry of Defence say that HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group will sail over 26,000 nautical miles, engaging with 40 countries from the Mediterranean to the Indo-Pacific and back again.

“This deployment will provide tangible reassurance and security to our friends and a credible deterrence to those who seek to undermine global security.”

The group comprises nine ships, 32 aircraft and one submarine and is manned by 3,700 sailors, aviators and marines from the combined forces of the UK, US and the Netherlands.

Last month, the ships and aircraft of the CSG21 undertook multinational joint exercises with global allies, including the Japanese Self Defence Forces and US Forces Japan. The exercises were designed to build interoperability between like-minded international partners in this globally significant region of the world.

Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander UK Carrier Strike Group, said:

“The Carrier Strike group offers Britain choice and flexibility on the global stage; it reassures our friends and allies and presents a powerful deterrent to would-be adversaries. Protected by a ring of advanced ships, submarines and helicopters, and equipped with fifth generation fighters, HMS Queen Elizabeth is able to strike from the sea at a time and place of our choosing; and with our NATO allies at our side, we will be ready to fight and win in the most demanding circumstances.”

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John N
John N
8 days ago

There is a typo in the article for the name of the Kiwi Anzac class frigate.

It’s not HMNZS Te Kahan, it should be HMNZS Te Kaha, no ‘n’ on the end.

Cheers,

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
8 days ago

As much as the size and composition of this fleet, it is the number of countries that have contributed that matters. If additional countries are encouraged to get involved all the better. India is ‘non-aligned’ but as the old saying goes ‘against whom’?

Andy P
Andy P
7 days ago
Reply to  Barry Larking

Agree Barry, while a few aircraft carriers certainly sends a message, the number of participants is quite telling, good to see too.

Aziz BA
Aziz BA
7 days ago

About time the peace loving allied nations tell china to go fly its kite somewhere else. SCS is for everyone!

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
7 days ago

Picking up where the ‘West’ left off at the end of WW2 but with the addition of Japan now, of course. That’s how you fight with Carriers i.e. same as with any capital vessel:- Not ‘a CSG’ – “easily taken out with a missile”, as we hear ad infinitum – but ‘a Pacific Fleet’ moulded around a number of A/Cs’ force-multiplying complementary air wings, and their escorts / supply ships.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks
7 days ago

I do love those Tico’s – wonderful (and well-armed) ships. Sadly half of them should be gone before 2026, there about the same age as out t23’s!

Damo
Damo
7 days ago

What sort of training will they be doing? Manoeuvre? Cross supply, emergency drills, sub contact etc? Guessing formation stuff?

Bill
Bill
7 days ago

Now that, is a fleet!!

geoff
geoff
7 days ago

Wonderful sight. Why no HMAS’s?

David Steeper
David Steeper
7 days ago
Reply to  geoff

They’re tooling up for the 5 power exercises. That’ll make some happy snaps !

DFC
DFC
7 days ago

Quite impressive indeed. May the democracies remain strong and our alliances resilient in the coming years.

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Hamish Osborn
Hamish Osborn
7 days ago

… and does anyone really think only I submarine. The Americans will have at least two locally as will we and others. This is a statement to China, pull your horns in and behave, the rest of us are fed up with playing games. What you see is as nothing compared to what is really there.

Tony Mc Ales
Tony Mc Ales
6 days ago

Good to see the Comradeship of theNations

Tommo
Tommo
4 days ago

Have all the ships shown done the unthinkable and also followed our lead and sailed through the South China Sea or has it just been us and the Americans just wondered