A UK Carrier Strike Group exercise was run by the US Navy and involved the French, Danish and German navies.
According to the Royal Navy:
“As well as personnel from HMS Queen Elizabeth, members of the ships companies from Prince of Wales, Type 45 destroyer’s HMS Dragon and Diamond and Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose, also took part.
Destroyers and frigates will be escorts for both HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales when they deploy. The Multi-National Fleet Synthetic Training Group Command Exercise was run from the Maritime Composite Training System site at HMS Collingwood.”
Those taking part in the exercise were visited by Rear Admiral Patrick Piercey, Director for Operations US Pacific Command.
“It was an excellent opportunity to review concepts of operations at different threat levels for CSG operations. Key themes discussed focused on the need for range for the Carrier Air Wing and future operational environments,” said Colonel Philip Kelly RM, CSG Strike Warfare Commander.
“The Admiral had a very keen understanding of the challenges we both face and was impressed with UK CSG’s progress thus far. I think we the UKCSG will be a welcome addition to any allied force as we bring significant combat power.”
Commander UKCSG Cdre Andrew Betton also briefed Admiral Piercey on the carrier regeneration programme and how the two Navies are working together.
“It’s a great opportunity to discuss the UK’s return to Carrier Strike operations and how we can build our close operational partnerships across the globe,” said Cdre Betton.