HMS Queen Elizabeth is about to depart for exercises while HMS Prince of Wales heads out for operational dea training.
After a couple of false starts (due to COVID-19 and then the wind), HMS Queen Elizabeth is planning on sailing today to take part in GROUPEX and subsequently Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2.
HMS Prince of Wales will also be at sea for FOST.
— HMS Queen Elizabeth?? (@HMSQNLZ) September 20, 2020
This is the first time two British aircraft carriers have been at sea for quite a while.
HMS Queen Elizabeth will hold “the most aircraft on a Royal Navy carrier since HMS Hermes” after she is joined by United States Marine Corps F-35B and British F-35Bs as well as a “full rotary wing group”.
Our friends from across the pond have landed in the UK.
They will be working with @OC617Sqn at @RAF_Marham before they both join us later in the month as we embark the most aircraft on a @RoyalNavy carrier since HMS Hermes.#WelcometotheUK ???? #F35Friday's are back! pic.twitter.com/79LtLLEBtH
— HMS Queen Elizabeth?? (@HMSQNLZ) September 4, 2020
This is in preparation for next year when HMS Queen Elizabeth will deploy operationally around the world with two frigates, two destroyers, a nuclear submarine and support vessels.