HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group are off to Scotland for Exercise Strike Warrior.
HMS Diamond will be first away at 0800; HMS Queen Elizabeth last at 1545, either side of HMS Defender and Kent.
Head of Naval Base Operations, Steve Hopper, said in a news release from the Royal Navy:
“We are, encouragingly, slightly ahead of schedule. Whilst two months ago I was having sleepless nights worried that it wouldn’t happen, the people in the base, the people who man the gates, the chaperones who escort the lorries, the jetty managers, crane operators, security and everyone else involved have delivered and the ships will be fully stored and ready to go as planned for which I thank everyone in Team Portsmouth.”
After the exercise, the deployment to the Indo-Pacific will take place. You can read more about that here.
The carrier strike group deployment is the first operational deployment by a Royal Navy aircraft carrier for more than a decade, and will take in visits to 40 countries as it makes its way through the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and into the Pacific to return home around seven months later.
HMS Prince of Wales is also at sea, stay tuned for a 130,000 tonne photo opportunity.