HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group joined ships from NATO Standing Maritime Groups One and Two for an impressive display of maritime power in the Eastern Atlantic on the 28th of May 2021.
The rendezvous was part of Steadfast Defender 21, a large scale defensive exercise designed to test NATO’s ability to rapidly deploy forces from North America to the coast of Portugal and the Black Sea region.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the deployed flag ship for Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21).
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 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 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.