A Carrier Strike Group comprising 9 ships, 1 submarine, 32 aircraft, and 3,700 personnel will set sail today on the UK Carrier Strike Group’s maiden operational deployment.

The UK Government say that the seven-month global deployment will extend through the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean and on to the Indo-Pacific, interacting with more than one fifth of the world’s nations.

According to a press release:

“Britain’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will lead six Royal Navy ships, a Royal Navy submarine, a US Navy destroyer and a frigate from the Netherlands in the largest concentration of maritime and air power to leave the UK in a generation.

Her Majesty the Queen visited her namesake vessel – which she commissioned in 2017 – this morning before the aircraft carrier set sail from Portsmouth, meeting crew members and wishing them luck in what will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also among those to visit HMS Queen Elizabeth ahead of her departure, joined on Friday by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston on the flight deck.”

Just for our readers, I should point out that we are aware that HMS Queen Elizabeth isn’t named after the current Queen Elizabeth but we can’t control quotes from others.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

“The UK’s Carrier Strike Group today sets sail to write Britain’s name in the next chapter of history – a truly global Britain that steps forward to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, working hand-in-hand with our friends to defend our shared values and uphold the rules-based international order.

This deployment shows that we are strong on our own, but we are stronger with our allies. I want to join the nation in wishing the crews across the Carrier Strike Group every success as they depart on this truly historic endeavour.”

The Carrier Strike Group.

In addition to the above, an Astute class submarine has also been confirmed to be joining the group.

The Ministry of Defence add:

“In a projection of the UK’s global reach and influence, the Carrier Strike Group will interact with over 40 nations during its 26,000-nautical-mile global tour, undertaking over 70 engagements, exercises and operations with allies and partners. As outlined in the recently-published Defence Command Paper, the Carrier Strike Group is a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to be ready to confront future threats alongside international partners and help seize new opportunities for Global Britain.

Underscoring the UK’s leading role in NATO, in the coming days the Carrier Strike Group will take part in NATO’s Exercise Steadfast Defender. The Strike Group will also provide support to the Alliance’s Operation Sea Guardian and to maritime security operations in the Black Sea during the deployment. Working alongside another key NATO ally, the Carrier Strike Group will be joined by French Aircraft Carrier Charles De Gaulle for a period of dual carrier operations in the Mediterranean.

In the Indo-Pacific, the Carrier Strike Group will visit India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Singapore to strengthen Britain’s security relationships, reinforce political ties and support our UK exports and international trade agenda. Elements of the Carrier Strike Group will also participate in Exercise Bersama Lima to mark the 50th anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Arrangements between Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.”

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Rob
Rob
1 month ago

Anyone know when she sails? HMS QE & USS Sullivans are still alongside in Pompey at the moment. I think they are due for an exercise with the French in the Bay of Biscay midweek so they have to sail soon…

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Later tonight I think, around 21:30.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

Thanks

Nic
Nic
1 month ago

This will be great experience for the crews and will test the Queen Elizabeth endurance

Andrew D
Andrew D
1 month ago

Best of luck CSG looking good 👍

Leslie Leveson
Leslie Leveson
1 month ago

When this carrier group sails from these waters , it will show the Royal Navy with its fellow navies taking to the seas.Not only this but willing to confront any situation with their skills and technical weaponry Although we have not the largest navy in the world, it can still defend itself
Safe journey on the seas and return

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David
David
1 month ago

Good luck all, sail safe and come back home safe, to your loved ones.

George
George
1 month ago

Hi folks hope all is well.
Great to see and looking forward to reports once the Strike Group is underway, especially when the Group arrive to be greeted by China.
Good luck and the very best to all in the Group!
Cheers
George

Springer
Springer
1 month ago

Looking forward to many pictures/videos to come over the next few months!

Nic
Nic
1 month ago

This will keep the Russians busy for while, trying to gather intel on the CSG.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
1 month ago

According to Janes, I note that CSG 21 Wildcats are equipped with both Martlet & Sea Venom for trialing ahead of IOC. Handy

Pompey Dave
Pompey Dave
1 month ago

Does anyone know if the T45’s / T23’s on the CSG21 deployment have Harpoons fitted – the photos I have seen don’t appear to have them carrying any?