HMS Queen Elizabeth is sailing with 8 ships, 26 aircraft and around 3000 personnel.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is sailing with HMS Defender, HMS Diamond, HMS Northumberland, HMS Kent, RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Tideforce in addition to the USS The Sullivans and Dutch vessel HNLMS Evertsen.

Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group says this represents “a comprehensive, cohesive Carrier Strike Group with a sovereign British core, but US & Dutch partners integrated throughout & additional capabilities as required. Ready to fight together on & under the sea, in the air, over the land & in cyberspace”.

The task group features British destroyers.

As well as British frigates.

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

“The new UK Carrier Strike Group is the embodiment of British maritime power, and sits at the heart of a modernised and emboldened Royal Navy. Protected by a ring of advanced destroyers, frigates, helicopters and submarines, 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.


Carrier Strike offers Britain choice and flexibility on the global stage; it reassures our friends and allies and presents a powerful deterrent to would-be adversaries.”

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Strike Group are currently exercising alongside allied nations in the North Sea, as part of NATO’s largest annual exercise, Joint Warrior.

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A glorious sight!

Gavin Gordon

Moorehouse’s most significant soundbite: best defended UK airfield….moves 500 miles a day.
Always loved sullen weather conditons as they so suited our purposeful warship image.
Never got a handle on where the best place for the sub was.


..but doesn’t match my all time favourite of the three carriers in line astern in the Mediterranean taken either during Suez op or in the early 1960’s. Ark Royal, Victorius and Hermes


Give it time, we’ll see QE and POW together with a full CBG at some point, even if it is just for a photo op.



More great photos over on Save the Royal Navy…

Been scrolling up and down looking at the photos with a silly grin on me face 🙂

Paul C

Surely Hermes was long gone when Illustrious relieved Invincible in late August? From memory Illustrious passed Hermes in the channel on her dash south as Hermes was heading for Portsmouth in I think late July. Illustrious met up with Invincible in the South Atlantic for sure but Hermes would have been long back in Portsmouth by then.


Hi Paul. Could have sworn I saw such a shot but could be wrong!


Hi Paul. I had a number of glossy mags about the War bought at the time including Ian Allen specials on the three services. I am sure you are correct in what you say but Illustrious and Invincible steamed in line with one other large ship, possibly,Fearless which was Flagship to one group. I will dust them off and see if I can find the photo.
kind Regards

Daniele Mandelli

Just looked at them. I’ve never posted on there. Lots of familiar names!


That’s a great picture. I assume they wouldn’t normally be so close together, though?


Err, no. That is what would normally be considered a target rich environment. Definately, a staged photo op to show the Great British public where their Defence dollars are going. Not that many are looking, but hey we were 🙂

Cheers CR.


No headline on the BBC News site but this video is on the front page. Hopefully more than a few are looking.


I fall into that demographic but I’ll continue to post inane nonsense thanks. It gives those who actually know what they are talking about something to roll their eyes at.

Seriously though, while I haven’t served many members of my family have, both parents in the RAF, two grandfathers in the RN during WW2, plus assorted uncles and cousins in the army. I also have friends currently serving. I may not have much to contribute but I still like keeping up to date with things and sticking my oar in now and again.


Indeed, a perspective from every angle is important for every discussion/debate.


Geoff, no that’s unfair. It is good that people who have not served show an interest, in fact I believe it’s vitally important! The reason for this, is that the vast majority of the population has had no dealings with the military. It may have seen a parade or two during remembrance, watched a snippet on the news, but that’s probably it. However, it is the vast majority of the population who decide which party is elected into Government. It is focus groups that sway decisions and in a lot of respects dictate the Party’s manifesto. Therefore, for the military… Read more »


Geoffrey-my military experience is limited but disagree with you entirely. The UKDJ is a broad church that accommodates serving and retired Military personnel,those involved in Military construction industries, Historians,enthusiastic buffs(of which the British produce the worlds best) Military journalists and others all of whom contribute to making this a great site.Some of the best Historical accounts have been written by Britons who have never served nor even visited the sites of their work. Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift come to mind. I was fortunate enough to visit Isandlwana twice in the company of the late David Rattray whose knowledge and work… Read more »


I understand where you are coming from and though people who have not served can’t exactly claim to be experts there is nothing wrong with them sharing their opinion. Especially when most of the gripes come down to lack of spending and I’m pretty much sure everyone who comments pays their tax apart from the odd Russian troll.

Rob Collinson

I have not served, and cannot due to ill health, and now being 47 and am 25 years into my teaching career!! However, I am so proud of all those who have volunteered to serve this country. My Grandad was a Royal Marine Commando and my Grandmother was a WRVS, during the Second World War. My most precious possession id a picture of my Grandad, in uniform, with his wartime medals mounted below, all in a frame. Priceless!! This does not mean that I cannot contribute positively, as I regularly do, to the articles on this wonderful website and Save… Read more »

Sean Crowley

Bufton Tuftons ? If you meant Buffoon well count me in , now in the self flagellation part on classifying some incapable of adding to the discussion you do a disservice to those who might value the ” laymen s point of view” . Coming from Australia the reason why our Defence force has the budget it does is because our courageous civilians make it a point to include them selves in the decision making process with loud overt and most of the time misguided views . BUT they’re the one’s waving at you on ANZAC day lining the streets… Read more »

Levi Goldsteinberg

Good stuff, pump it straight into my veins. Been waiting 15 years for this picture

Daniele Mandelli

Great to see.

Nigel Collins

A very promising site for the future, some modern AShM’s onboard the UK escorts wouldn’t go amiss. Well hopefully not!

Nigel Collins

Some more news on Crowsnest
“As the clock runs down to the first operational carrier strike group deployment, Lockheed Martin, Thales and Leonardo are working to complete and flight-test the Crowsnest system that will provide airborne early warning capability. Here we take a look at the progress on the project.”

Alabama boy

I can’t help but think all of this PR is the RN getting itself fully in the public eye just as Defence Cuts ( or Strategic Defence Review) are looming. As for defending the two carriers its laughable. They have no Airborne Early Warning (either land based or afloat) and I find it hard to believe that a determined opponent couldn’t cause sufficient damage to spike their threat especially given the range of the F35B without AAR. Yes the carriers move but given their size they will be easily detectable by satellite moving only about 20 miles in an hour.(=500… Read more »


Which is 1200 ish square miles of sea to search or target in a single hour from the initial detection point. After 2 hours 5000, after 3 hours, 12000 Its a big ass ocean to find things in and if you want to get yourself lost in it then it can be done. You need a kill chain from sat detection to a ground station, then to a missile battery if close in or more likely an airfield. Provide target data to aircraft and missiles, launch, mid air refuel, get target updates ,launch missiles, get possible mid course guidance and… Read more »


Good luck I think Admiral Sir Tom Phillips RN thought that in 1941and It didn’t end well for him and his two capital ships.


Notice Ivan, no tug boats.

Joerg Hutter

Great pictures !!,

good luck, calm seas and following winds
to all sailors taking part.

Joe, CPO (RS), (ret.), German Navy


I have always admired the Royal Navy. Happy to see it in full glory.