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.
The fleet comprised 17 vessels.
HMS Queen Elizabeth
USS Ronald Reagan
USS Carl Vinson
USS Lake Champlain
USS The Sullivans
RFA Fort Victoria
HMNZS Te Kaha
Conducting joint training pic.twitter.com/PYmlY4B6W7
— Intel Air & Sea (@air_intel) October 4, 2021
The imagery from the event is fantastic.
🚨 NEWS | British and American jets are pictured here overflying a massive fleet of 17 warships (including four aircraft carriers) from the 🇺🇸 United States, 🇬🇧 Britain, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands, 🇯🇵 Japan, 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇳🇿 New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/TRRfeOIBOp
— George Allison (@geoallison) October 4, 2021
The vessels are conducting joint training.
2-3 Oct, JS ISE, JS KIRISHIMA and JS YAMAGIRI participated in a multi-lateral training with @US7thFlt USS Carl Vinson CSG, USS Ronald Reagan CSG and @RoyalNavy HMS Queen Elizabeth CSG enhanced our tactical skills and interoperability. @kon_marine @RoyalCanNavy @NZNavy #FOIP pic.twitter.com/s0fdVYVzrp
— JMSDF Self-Defense Fleet ENG (@JMSDF_SDF_ENG) October 4, 2021
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.
“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.”