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.

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Frank62
Frank62
4 days ago

Great to see both carriers about to be at sea. I hope the HMS Warrior webcam is pointing in the right direction for departure 3-4pm.

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
4 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Hi Frank,

It was just now, but then started scanning around the view. 🙂

I didn’t know about this, so thanks for the heads up. I’ll hopefully be watching to see her sail. 🙂

Cheers CR

Pete
Pete
4 days ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

WEBCAM sponsored by Russian tourist company so they can have a good view of the Cathederal. Apparently Russians are really interested in UK Cathedrals !!

davetrousers
davetrousers
4 days ago
Reply to  Pete

errrr?

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
4 days ago
Reply to  davetrousers

Salisbury poisoning…..

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 days ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

They were sight seeing and at no time did they spraying a weapon of mass destruction on a door handle.

dave12
dave12
4 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

lol I take it you are being sarcastic?

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
3 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Your right Jonathan. I now remember the head of the tour company, a Mr Putin I believe, saying so at the time.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
3 days ago
Reply to  Pete

Tallest spire or biggest clock or something like that apparently its a massive tourist attraction, bucket list No1 if you are from Russia…

The Big Man
The Big Man
3 days ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Tallest spire and oldest clock.

What’s not to like.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
4 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Wasn’t aware of a webcam. Interesting.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
4 days ago

FFS. Brief glimpse of a 45 then camera zooms back to the mass of yacht masts and submarine. 🙄

Pete
Pete
4 days ago

Saw the same….clear view of the 45 going bye…for a moment

davetrousers
davetrousers
4 days ago
DerekL
DerekL
4 days ago

Fair winds

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
4 days ago

Does anyone know if the documentary team will be on board? There was talk of them filming the deployment, but I haven’t seen of heard anything recently.

Cheers CR

CAM
CAM
4 days ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

I haven’t heard but it would be cool if they do film it!

Last edited 4 days ago by CAM
Lusty
Lusty
4 days ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

Yes, they’ll be filming the deployment again. 😀

Last edited 4 days ago by Lusty
ChariotRider
ChariotRider
3 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

Oh, Goodie, gooddie 🙂 Me looking forward that then…

Cheers CR

Karl
Karl
4 days ago

Don’t cry for me Argentina.

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 days ago
Reply to  Karl

🎶🎶The truth this we’ll never forgive you.
All through your wild rants….your mad invasions. 🎶🎶

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
3 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Hi John.

Those words fit the tune really well, you should be a song writer 🙂

Cheers CR

Herodotus
Herodotus
3 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

In victory, magnanimity!

Jonathan
Jonathan
3 days ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Thats a bit twee and counts in sports, but not I would say in war, or anything that involves death and dismemberment.

When people have died all you can have is slow reconciliation and for that you do actual need the belligerent side to admit the other sides right to self determination and to be able to live the way they choose.

Last edited 3 days ago by Jonathan
Herodotus
Herodotus
3 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Actually, that’s a quote from Winston Churchill….twee as you may find it!

Herodotus
Herodotus
3 days ago
Reply to  Herodotus

If you are looking for the quote, it is from his introduction to the history of the ‘Second World War’.

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 day ago
Reply to  Herodotus

I’m not sure how that does not make it twee. Look at what actually happened at the end of after WW2.I’m pretty sure we dismantled every vestige of the regime’s we were at war with, grinding them to dust ( well beyond the actual point of victory) as well as dividing Germany into two separate half’s and executing every individual we identified as war criminals.

Herodotus
Herodotus
1 day ago
Reply to  Jonathan

As Michael Cheka, the former Australian rugby coach, said after England stuffed them. ‘Look mate, shit happens and sometimes you just have to suck it up’! As Churchill wouldn’t have said! If you still think that it is twee, that’s fair enough….there are plenty that think the words resonate down the ages!

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 day ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Herodotus, just because a few words may resound down the ages it does not stop them being twee. By is very nature A free twee words do tend to “resonate down the ages”. After aII a great part of being twee is pretty sentimentality and that always tends to connect. So don’t get me wrong words can be lovely things, but to think a few lines can encompass something as complex as both the individual and national gestalt around something as psychologically damaging as War is…well a bit twee. Ive spent a lot of time speaking to veterans of WW2… Read more »

Herodotus
Herodotus
21 hours ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Wouldn’t it have been easier to just say ‘I got it wrong’? Churchill was writing about a better world for the future….his missives were ‘aspirational’…this is what he hopes for! To call his words twee is to dismiss him and half of the Christian world and its values. I’m sure that you have met plenty of people who know how to hate….so have I, and I have always felt deeply sorry for them. Churchill despised cheap jingoism and I agree with him…its an insult to all those Argentinians that died in a conflict not of their making!

geoff
geoff
3 days ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Didn’t WSC also say something about Defeat? In defeat, humility?

Herodotus
Herodotus
3 days ago
Reply to  geoff

No Geoff…..the quote is:

In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, good will.
It’s a lovely morning here by the way!

geoff
geoff
3 days ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Thanks Herodotus. Also here-24 deg now but chilly evenings. And on the subject of Winston-two quick ones. First-I visited the site of the Armoured Train incident near Estcourt in KZN in July 1963. It occured to me then, that the great man was still alive!! Two-after England My England try “Young Winston”. Simon Ward, Robert Shaw and the delectable Anne Bancroft

Herodotus
Herodotus
2 days ago
Reply to  geoff

Hi Geoff, I’ve seen the young Winston film…..always thought that he was a somewhat irresponsible young man. Fortunately he matured into perhaps the greatest figure of the C20th. It was never a certainty that he would achieve greatness. He was considered a maverick by his contemporaries. Had it not been for the war, he may have passed by as a minor and somewhat inconsequential figure. ‘Time and chance happeneth to all men’ Ecclesiastes!

heroic
heroic
2 days ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Thank God for Wiki.😉

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
4 days ago

I’ve just said well done Pompey on the other post but what the hell…well done Pompey. Brilliant pictures.

farouk
farouk
4 days ago

Just come across this on the irish media: Any clues: Nuclear submarine surfaces off Irish coast “The huge submarine spotted off the coast of Co. Donegal today may have been carrying nuclear warheads – but probably wasn’t. The sighting of the submarine was made by personnel on board the Marine Institute vessel the RV Celtic Explorer early on Thursday morning…However, not all submarines are the same. The length of this particular vessel was believed to be 150m or more, making it most likely that it is a vanguard class belonging to the United Kingdom. However, the naval source said it… Read more »

James
James
3 days ago

Noticed that only Kent is armed with harpoons should of been both 23s at least.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
3 days ago
Reply to  James

The other T23is a Guz ship?

Squirrel Nutkins
Squirrel Nutkins
3 days ago
Reply to  James

The other t23 sailed from Guzz, would presume shes got the same.

David Flandry
David Flandry
3 days ago

A great sight to behold after all these years. The MoD still needs to beef up the aircraft inventory. At least they have two good carriers to put 60-70 aircraft on.

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
3 days ago

To get these vessel’s to sea, and prepared for an 8 month deployment takes an astonishing amount of planning. The logistics involved is immense, and another example of why operate aircraft carriers is so demanding. It’s emotional rollercoster ride in the days leading up to leaving the wall. 🇬🇧

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
3 days ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

It isn’t just difficult for a carrier. Its difficult for all units big and small.
Frigates and destroyers need to ensure all their gear will last through the trip… Things like load testing lifting equipment and Ammo.Make sure the high usage spares are on board and printer paper… You can never have enough printer paper!!!

For a real fun 7 month trip try embarking 200 Royal and a deck full of vehicles on an LPD along with LCU, LCVP all the Ammo for exercises and a shed load of nutty and pot noodles to keep Royal happy!

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
3 days ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

I used to enjoy the pot noodle machine back on Invincible. Got me through many a red eye watch 😆

Crabfat
Crabfat
3 days ago

Anyone seeing a lot of buffering from the Warrior webcam? Just when we want to savour the big moment!

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
3 days ago

For those struggling to watch HMS Queen Elizabeth leave on the Warrior webcam there is an alternative here.

Cheers CR

Rob
Rob
3 days ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

Thanks. Watched it complete with USMC on deck and little sailing boats swanning around as if nothing was happening. Then navy ribs shoot off to get them out of the way. Oh well, it’s a free country I guess.

dan
dan
3 days ago

Hope they stock enough beer for the USMC guys! lol

Damo
Damo
3 days ago
Reply to  dan

6 cans? Be enough for you lite drinking light weights

Something different
Something different
3 days ago

This is why the Save the Royal Naval site changed its name

Glass Half Full
Glass Half Full
3 days ago

An interesting read from a USMC perspective regarding the deployment of the 10 F-35Bs on QEC. Likely to be a lot of learning going on by all participants in CSG21.

https://news.usni.org/2021/04/29/blended-u-s-marine-u-k-royal-air-force-air-wing-aboard-hms-queen-elizabeth-will-be-largest-f-35-deployment-to-date

Pete
Pete
3 days ago

Enjoyed that. Cheers

James
James
3 days ago

Good article, cheers for the link!

Jacko
Jacko
3 days ago

Very mixed bag in the comments section as well!

George Parker
George Parker
3 days ago

I feel so proud. All concerns suddenly fade away.

geoff
geoff
3 days ago

I read somewhere that the USN destroyer accompanying the Task Group was there to fill a vital gap in air defence lacking in the Type 45’s!?? I thought they were the worlds best with the power to defend a target the size of London alone?? Can anyone fill in the detail here?

Pete
Pete
3 days ago
Reply to  geoff

Others will know better but if there is a gap they want covered it would probably be anti ballistic capability. Probably more to do with multi national optics. P

Paul T
Paul T
2 days ago
Reply to  geoff

I doubt that is the case,the USN is joining the Deployment as a Vital Ally and Friend,it will add to AAW certainly but not to cover a specific gap in capability.

captain p wash
captain p wash
2 days ago

Well I waved them off, did anyone else ? Such an impressive sight, shame about the journey home though.