HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group are heading north through the Suez Canal on the return leg of their global deployment.
The Carrier Strike Group is pretty evenly spread throughout the canal, with Fort Victoria and Tidespring in the middle, Defender at the southern entrance and other vessels at various points. pic.twitter.com/N98B73Eg5z
— George Allison (@geoallison) November 16, 2021
HMS Richmond, a Type 23 Frigate assigned to HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strike Group, was the first vessel to enter into the Mediterranean Sea on the return leg of the deployment.
The Strike Group will travel over 26,000 nautical miles from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, from the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea, and from the Indian Ocean to the Philippine Sea and then back again. The vessels will engage with 40 countries.
Besides HMS Richmond, the Strike Group comprises aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, Type 45 destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond (although this ship has had recent issues), Type 23 anti-submarine frigate HMS Kent, and tanker and storage ships Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring. In Addition, there’s an Astute class submarine and a Dutch frigate.
You can read more about what the Carrier Strike Group has been up to by visiting the link below.
This deployment will end in December 2021.