C-130J Hercules aircraft were operating with (not from!) HMS Queen Elizabeth when the aircraft carrier was in Scotland for Exercise Strike Warrior last month.
According to RAF Brize Norton here:
“In recent weeks, personnel from 47 Squadron have taken part in Exercise STRIKE WARRIOR, all around the UK. Integrating all the joint services, the exercise allows multiple force elements to hone their skills in a contested battlespace, whilst developing tactical knowledge across all areas of UK Defence.
This year saw 47 Squadron conduct combined air operations (COMAO) involving airdrop, tactical landing zones, air-land arming and refuelling (ALARP) of RN Merlin helicopters and a chance to operate alongside HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH – itself involved in the exercise for the first time. Outstanding work from all involved – including the myriad units at RAF Brize Norton that enable the mighty C-130J Hercules to do what it does best.”
Exercise Strike Warrior involved more than 20 warships, three submarines and 150 aircraft from 11 nations and was the final test for the Carrier Strike Group ahead of its first operational deployment to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Asia Pacific.
Before the exercise, the Ministry of Defence said:
“The exercise, which will run for two weeks, will see the task group pitted against warships from NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 1 in waters off north-west Scotland to prove it is capable of undertaking high intensity operations against the most demanding adversaries. The culmination of Strike Warrior will see the Carrier Strike Group certified ready for deployment, at which point operational command will pass from the Royal Navy’s Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd, to the Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral Sir Ben Key.”
Today, HMS Queen Elizabeth is of course operating in the Mediterranean having just met up with the Charles de Gaulle.
According to the Royal Navy:
“HMS Queen Elizabeth has rendezvoused with the French carrier Charles De Gaulle for Exercise Gallic Strike: three days of joint training and engagements in the Western Mediterranean taking place from 1-3 June 2021.
You can read more at the link below.