A news report from Kang Seung-woo of Korea Times says HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group are likely to reach South Korea in August.
According to the report:
“In April, the Ministry of National Defense here announced the British aircraft carrier’s visit to IKorea along with the U.K. F-35Bs as part of the Royal Navy’s efforts to expand its presence in the Indo-Pacific region, but the U.S. participation was not made public.
Meanwhile, the arrival of the carrier with its F-35Bs comes at a time when Korea is working on building its own 30,000-ton light aircraft carrier for deployment by 2033, which has raised calls for additional purchases of the stealth jets.
Also, this year’s port call will mark the third visit to Korea by British aircraft carriers. The U.K. previously sent light aircraft carriers to Busan in 1992 and 1997.”
The naval task force will make a port call in Busan before proceeding to Japan.
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.