Type 45 Destroyer HMS Diamond is passing through the Suez Canal in order to rejoin HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strike Group after 6 weeks of repairs.
The ship initially deployed as part of the UK carrier strike group centred on HMS Queen Elizabeth. However, she was had to detach from the group for repair in July due to reported “technical issues” likely linked to longstanding power and propulsion issues with ships of the class.
Repairs were undertaken in Taranto, Italy and at the end of August Diamond returned to sea.
Where is the Carrier Strike Group?
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group will visit Japan this weekend, the Ministry of Defence have announced.
The UK Government say that the visit will be a powerful demonstration of the UK’s close and enduring partnership with Japan and the UK’s commitment to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. A statement reads:
“The visit is part of the maiden operational deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth. The period in and around Japan will reinforce the UK’s commitment to a resilient international order in which open societies based on shared values grow prosperity and champion free trade.
The visit is also an important component of the UK’s renewed focus on the Indo-Pacific, outlined in the Integrated Review. The UK is committed to advancing security, defence and development cooperation with Japan, on the basis of a shared outlook on freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, as well as free trade.”
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