British jets will form part of the largest air group of 5th generation fighters ever put to sea alongside jets from the U.S. Marine Corps as they embark on HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The ship and her aircraft will sail as part of the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment, the maiden operational deployment of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
CSG 21 will see the aircraft carrier and her supporting ships 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.
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The RAF say on their website that logistics planning for the deployment have been underway at RAF Marham for the past six months.
“The variety of equipment is vast, from a washer to an engine, and all have their own issues” said the Warrant Officer from the Logistics Support Squadron.
“For example, an F-35 engine requires a crane and the right team needs to ensure its prepped ready to be lifted. It’s also important to ensure equipment being delivered to us is checked for Dangerous Goods and the policy is being adhered to with its movement. The team ensure that everything has been delivered by checking it and the paperwork properly to avoid the kit being rejected and not making the flight, or in this case the ship.”
Officer Commanding 617 Squadron Mission Support Flight was quoted as saying:
“We have to ensure our pilots have everything they require to be ready to meet any mission they may be tasked with. Each and every deployed member, whether RAF, Royal Navy or civilian contractor, enables that mission to be successful. The atmosphere on the squadron is somewhat hectic but there is undoubtedly a very excited buzz.”