HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group are preparing for a series of engagements with Singapore, India and Oman this autumn, say the Ministry of Defence.
The Carrier Strike Group has already completed four months of activity alongside allies and partners from the editerranean ton the Indo-Pacific region.
“Having passed the midway point of its first operational deployment, the UK Carrier Strike Group is preparing for a return transit through the Indo-Pacific, Middle East and Mediterranean. Since the end of May, the CSG has sailed over 32,000 nautical miles from the UK to Japan undertaking a range of air and maritime operations from the Black Sea to the Philippine Sea.
As a tangible demonstration of the UK’s Indo-Pacific tilt, over the past three months, ships from the Strike Group have conducted a series of engagements with regional partners including Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. In a further demonstration of this international deployment, over the next two weeks the Carrier Strike Group will navigate the South China Sea with ships and aircraft from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States.”
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group recently entered the South China Sea for the second time, despite Chinese warnings. You can read more about that by clicking the link below.
Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said:
“CSG continues to demonstrate our enduring commitment to global security and international alliances, from the Indo-Pacific to the Middle-East and beyond. Our engagement with our allies and partners will endure long after the CSG’s visits and exercises end, with the permanent deployment of HMS Tamar and HMS Spey to the Indo-Pacific and close cooperation with our Five Powers Defence partners around the world. Exercising and cooperation with like-minded allies is vital to tackle the common threats we face, contributing to a safer and more secure world.”