The strike group is the largest and most powerful European-led maritime force in almost 20 years.

The Ministry of Defence say that HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strike Group’s capabilities will be on show during Exercise ‘Strike Warrior’, which will take place off the coast of Scotland in May.

HMS Queen Elizabeth (and 15 F-35B jets) 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.

The UK-led war-fighting exercise, including several other NATO navies, will be the final test for the Carrier Strike Group before it undertakes its maiden deployment.

F-35B jets onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The Ministry of Defence say that the deployment is expected to include two Type 45 Destroyers, two Type 23 Frigates, two Royal Fleet Auxiliary logistics vessels and a submarine ina ddition to an American destroyer and potentially other allied vessels.

“The task of protecting an aircraft carrier involves many ships, submarines and people. A Carrier Strike Group has an escort in the form of Type 23 Frigates and Type 45 destroyers, giving the strike group the ability to defend against above and below the sea threats. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary also play a vital role, keeping the strike group replenished with food and armament. The Queen Elizabeth-class carriers will be deployed with up to two operational Lightning squadrons and 24 F-35Bs on board, with a maximum capacity allowing for up to 36.”

You can read more about the specifics of the Carrier Strike Group here.

How will the UK Carrier Strike Group operate?

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 at sea.

After the work-up trial off the west Hebrides range, HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group will head to the Pacific.

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John Clark

Get ready for the SNP’s vitriolic ranting ….
Bless em, they get more Trumpesque by the day….

Patrick

As we’d say in Ireland, they’re a bit touched.

John Clark

They certainly are a bit touched Patrick, detached from reality and never letting the facts get in the way of whipping up resentment….

Nick C

I would be interested to see how many Scots are actually serving in the ships of the CSG. I would bet that in percentage terms it will be higher than the percentage of Scots in the UK.

heroic

Ermm, I would think they would love to see the fruits of their labour doing exactly what she was built to do.

John Clark

You might think that, alas the SNP will spin this as another slight against the Scottish people, in one way or another….

heroic

Well maybe they need to take a step back and use this opportunity to showcase Scottish expertise on the World stage after all this is a great example of “Clyde Built” as well as the QE class. Might just be what an Independent Scotland needs.

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Jacko

Well an independent Scotland won’t be building any more will they.

heroic

Won’t they ? So you’re saying that all their facilities and Skills base will just disappear ? My Post referred to their use of this deployment to showcase their expertise to the World with a view to an Independent Scotland based Shipbuilding Industry, seems like a no brainer to me.

John Clark

Well Heroic, the short answer is yes, it will disappear over a 10 year period, as the ongoing contracts end, along with the skill sets needed.

Scotland would see a brain drain south of the boarder, as skilled engineering staff relocate to new shipbuilding sites in England.

No orders, no shipbuilding engineers, end of the line….

It’s Turkeys voting for Christmas.

On the plus side for England, it would see an economic renaissance period for the north of England, as Westminster Scottish investment moved south….

heroic

Not sure what you can say or anyone for that matter, about this with any certainty though. Like I keep saying here, an Independent Country of some 5 million would do well to try to push this capability on the World Market and Europe rather than let it all fade away.

Ron

Sorry but these skills would move from an Independent Scotland. The UK government has said NO RN ships to be built in a third country. That means BAE would move South, Badcock would move South. The engineering and design skills would move South, MoD R&D would move South. So if these companies move South of the border what shipbuilding expertese remains build ferries that are overdue and over budget. Im not even sure if the docks at Rosyth would remain operational as they are mostly for RN work. The carriers have dry dock ability in Belfast, Liverpool, Southhampton and with… Read more »

heroic

I hear you but you are ignoring much of what I’ve said here, just focusing on the Royal Navy requirements is just one angle. I’ll leave it now though, I’m going to lookup where the Clyde actually is because I seem to remember Rosyth is on the other side !

Ron

True Rosyth is on the Forth, Babcock is building the T31s In Rosyth. So I do understand the diffrence, I need to explain something, I am 50% Jock and the other 50% is Taff, to make it even worse my Grandparents, Mum are from Dundee,I grew up in Dundee, the most milatent part of Scotland. Granda being a Cameron hated the Cambells for supporting the English, I still have the honor to carry Granda’s Tarten Cameron of Erracht. So I think you will understand I have no allegiance to England I am British, served in uniform and proud of it.… Read more »

Meirion X

Totally agreed, Ron!

No1_Dave

Well said Ron!

As someone who voted in the “once in a generation” indyref, sick and tired of the snp now going for indyref2! UK government must refuse to give it legitimacy.

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heroic

Morning Ron, A simple ” I disagree” would have been easier ! It was John Clark who stated that Rosyth was on the Clyde, by the way. People on here seem to get confused as to whom they are replying too not just Geographical locations.

John Clark

You seem to be jumping on a rather irrelevant tiny geographic error of mine Heroic, for some reason?? Unfortunately, your assumption of Scottish Shipbuilding after an Indipendence vote is pie in the sky. Scottish commercial ship building died in the 1970’s with only MOD contract work to keep it afloat. Take away the MOD work and there is nothing. A bankrupt Indipendant Scotland would be further damaged by a brain drain, as individuals and companies moved south of the boarder…. You have to give it to the SNP, it’s like the Pied Piper, with the followers blindly in step behind,… Read more »

heroic

Thought you were an expert on the subject, Thought you’d at least have known the basic facts of geographical locations and which yards built which ships. Love your other stuff though, so informative and non biased, it’s just a shame you don’t like being corrected.

John Clark

Curiously aggressive and defensive response Heroic ……

What’s the problem? You don’t also go by the name of Harold do you by any chance?

Paul.P

Very fair practical points. Scottish independence is the wrong way to look at the UK problem. Scotland was arguably born as nation state in the 9th century under Kenneth Macalpin. England took a while longer to unite against the Danes; under Aethelstan at Eamont Bridge in 927AD when the Scottish king Constantine pledged his allegiance. Both England and Scotland are very old nation states. Scotland and England were joined at the hip in 1069 when Margaret of Wessex married Malcolm II, traditionally bringing good manners to the Scottish court and becoming Saint Margaret of Scotland for her efforts. But England… Read more »

Ron

I agree, it is I think possibly the best way to go is as you said or my idea of a type of federal Germany. I really do wish that the nations of these smallish Islands would stop bickering and pull together.

Paul.P

Per my reply to Merion I see the issue is that neither the Tory nor the Labour party is going to vote for a reduction in scope in the powers of Westminster; without some idea of what will replace it…

Craig Neilson

Brilliant post! Federal UK would be an obvious answer to saving the union that a good percentage of Scots, English, Irish and Welsh strongly support.
As a Scot I can’t imagine the damage breaking the unuion would do politically, socially and economically.

Meirion X

It seems that The Parliament of England became The Parliament of Great Britain in 1703. Then the period between 1703 and 1999 of No separate parliament for Scotland.
Only the Legal systems of England and Scotland remained separate.

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Meirion X

I made the mistake of the date of Act of Union, it was in 1707.

Paul.P

Yeh, no worries. I guessed it. The issue is that turkeys don’t vote for Xmas so there is no chance Westminster will vote to reduce its own authority from UK to just England, which would be the proper logical consequence of ‘devolution’. Such a move would have to be accompanied by a completely reformed house of Lords which is presently stuffed to 2 or 3 times a sensible size by a system of patronage with party placemen. Scottish independence forces the issue of a modern UK constitution: English Parliament, elected Upper chamber, reform of the Act of Succession, new Bill… Read more »

Alan Reid

Paul, I believe federalism would be the death-knell of the United Kingdom. That’s probably the reason why the wily Alex Salmond is in favour of it! (If indeed he is). Warning: History alert! I don’t believe Scotland became a nation state in the 9th century. That’s really far too early. But some might argue a limited sense of Scottish national identity may have formed in the minds of medieval feudal serfs during the 14th century following the Wars of Independence (1296-1328). In its modern geographical form, the Kingdom of Scotland only lasted about 600 years. In 1707, however, Scotland voluntarily… Read more »

Paul.P

Morning Alan, I think you do Scotland a disservice. I would say 848 is a credible date for Scottish nationhood; when MacAlpin had united Celts and Picts and tamed the invading Danes. The equivalent date for England would be 927 when Aethelstan had united the regional kingdoms of England and defeated the combined forces of the Danes, the Irish Vikings and the Scots at Brunanburgh. The epic poem is a good read. i agree the UK ‘works’ economically in some ways. We have gone onto a war footing to deliver covid vaccines and are doing this well. You can feel… Read more »

Meirion X

Argeed!

Kevvo

Probably rebuild the shipbuilding and engineering capacity of Switzerland.

David Barry

Cough, ahem, GLUE, cough.

Martyn Parker

BAEs told their staff during the last referendum that they would still be building the ships they just wouldn’t be building them in Scotland, make of that what you will

John Clark

The QE class are proudly Clyde built
(assembled anyway). What they really show is what great ships we can build as Great Britain.

Sadly an independent Scotland would have it’s shipbuilding industry destroyed, no more orders for the RN and hopelessly out manoeuvred by South Korean ship builders regarding civilian contracts.

heroic

I thought Rosyth was on the Forth ?

Captain P Wash

They moved it in the lock down !

Andy P

The QE’s were built (or assembled anyway) on the Forth mate, think some bits were built on the Clyde along with about 5 other places (including the Forth).

heroic

Yup, That’s what I said above, Type 45’s Clyde Built.

Michael F

Wasn’t a group CertEx scheduled for March/April 2021, or have plans changed?

Captain P Wash

Great article shame about the Anti Scotland tone shown in the comments below/above.

Mac

That’s what happens when the Scottish electorate choose to indulge their casual anti-English bigotry by continually electing a political party run by and run for casual anti English bigots.

Actions have consequences.

No1_Dave

Sadly, the snp keeps getting elected because nearly all the nationalists votes goes to 1 party, whereas the Unionists votes are split between 3 major parties.

Jacko

Can’t really see any anti Scottish posts there! Stay in the union keep on building our ships,leave and you won’t simple fact of the matter.

Captain P Wash

It’s the whole Tone, I can see it clear as day…….

No1_Dave

It’s not anti-Scottish, more like anti-independence/pro-Union.

And trying to make it clear to snp/indy supporters the real consequences of leaving the UK, especially relevant regarding shipbuilding as this is a defence blog.

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Mac

It’s a bit rich for Scots to complain about anti-Scottish attitudes when all we hear from Scotland thesedays is one long,anti-English whinge about how hard done by they are being imprisoned in the Union.

On the internet, any anti Scottish sentiment is nothing more than keyboard warriors but in Scotland, The anti-English/UK vitriol is official SNP policy!

Alan Reid

Mac I really think you’re confusing the views of a small political party with the diverse views of all Scots. Perhaps it’s time to remind some UKDJ posters, once again, that the SNP is not Scotland. Ms Sturgeon simply runs a minority SNP administration in Edinburgh looking after some powers devolved to it by the UK government. The majority of Scots do not vote for, “a political party run by and run for casual anti English bigots”. At the last General Election in 2019, 54% of Scots who took part voted for Pro-UK parties – and only 46% for the… Read more »

Daveyb

But the problem is wee Ms Krankee, has the ear of the media. She’s in “control” and she has the majority of the house in her pocket. Until, somebody who isn’t touched in the head my some romantic fantasy and understands the harsh reality of economics can be the leader of the opposition. We will constantly get this vitriol. What happens if she loses indyref2, will she go down the same road as Trump and claim there was voter tampering? In some respects she and her party are like the Argentinian Junta, lets start up a campaign that gets the… Read more »

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John Clark

I think the problem is Alan that the SNP have really embraced the modern spin politics of blame and hate, copied and pasted from Trump…

They have rather successfully blamed the English and Boris for everything that’s wrong in Scotland, while doing a fairly shit job of running the Scottish schools and hospitals … I do hope you are right regarding people coming together to fight them….

Craig Neilson

“stay in the union and keep building our ships” would suggest that Scotland is allowed to build ships as a favour.

heroic

Really ? haven’t noticed !

Captain P Wash

“You can take our Ship Building but you’ll never take our Whiskey” springs to mind !

James

Shame Scotland is so demanding to stay in the EU, by doing so the US tax on whiskey will never be lifted. It was almost removed in a UK/US trade agreement before the riots just before trump left scuppered it.

James

Wonder what Sturgeons opening line is going to be about this:

Its a breach of covid rules

Totally unnecessary visit

We are being invaded

This is getting in the way of me becoming the queen of Scots

Or maybes something even more over exaggerated than usual.