15 warships from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strike Group, HMS Albion’s Littoral Response Group and the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group met up off the coast of Scotland.

The U.S. Navy say here that the concurrence of Strike Warrior and Ragnar Viking demonstrates the Alliance’s ability to coordinate Carrier Strike Group and ARG/MEU operations simultaneously.

All of the vessels involved.

“These maritime operations illustrate what makes NATO the most successful alliance in history”, they say.

“HMS Queen Elizabeth and the USS Iwo Jima represent a substantial concentration of maritime-based air power. With the involvement of warships from four NATO members, including HMS Albion, our rendezvous in the North Atlantic demonstrates the collective strength of the Alliance,” said Royal Navy Capt. Angus Essenhigh, commanding officer, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

“The fact that the Royal Navy is able to deploy a Littoral Response Group and a Carrier Strike Group simultaneously is also significant. Very few other navies can do this, and it underscores the United Kingdom’s substantial and enduring commitment to the security of Europe and the North Atlantic.”  

Some of the vessels involved.

Exercise Strike Warrior involves more than 20 warships, three submarines and 84 aircraft from 11 nations and is a final test for the Carrier Strike Group ahead of its first operational deployment to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Asia Pacific.

“As a final act of expert planning and coordination about 9,000 military members from several NATO nations converged on one spot in the North Atlantic today,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Darren Nelson, commodore, Amphibious Squadron Four.

“There is simply no substitute for U.S. presence in Europe and the ARG/MEU remains committed to support our allies and partners with our flexible maneuverable force ready to meet emerging missions or contingencies, humanitarian crisis, reassure our partners, enhance security, and ensure the free flow of commerce in the region.”  

The U.S. Navy say in a release that Ragnar Viking is a multilateral operational exercise exhibiting High-end NATO cohesion, solidarity, and credibility in the Norwegian, North, and Baltic Seas.

“Ragnar Viking demonstrated long-range strike capabilities from the North Atlantic into Lithuania, amphibious landings in Norway and anti- submarine warfare, and surface action group operations to control the sea, air, and undersea domains, while projecting power.”

Poland and Lithuania are also supporting the exercise, demonstrating the collective power of NATO to operate in the dynamic maritime environment.

What is the Carrier Strike Group doing?

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group are currently exercising alongside allied nations in and around the Scottish islands as part of the massive Strike Warrior exercise.

HMS Queen Elizabeth at sea with a mix of British and American jets.

The Royal Navy say that Exercise Strike Warrior involves more than 20 warships, three submarines and 150 aircraft from 11 nations and is a final test for the Carrier Strike Group ahead of its first operational deployment to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Asia Pacific.

“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.”

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dan
dan
29 days ago

Wonder who’s the ship in the middle towards the back?

Dave
Dave
29 days ago
Reply to  dan

Russian fishing vessel with enough antennae to tune in to every radio station in the world maybe? lol

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
29 days ago
Reply to  dan

Russian spy ship – photo bombing 🙂

dan
dan
29 days ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

You might just be right! haha

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
29 days ago
Reply to  dan

Russian Tug, looking for possible Carrier work ?

George Parker
George Parker
25 days ago
Reply to  dan

It’s the one that served curry to the crew last night. They are keeping her down wind.

Trevor
Trevor
29 days ago

That’s putting on quite a show!

DRS
DRS
29 days ago

Nice photo but a bit of a gap in the middle would have liked that to be closer. Is that where the 3 submarines are? 😀

James
James
29 days ago
Reply to  DRS

Wonder which ship is the one in the middle at the back and why that location in the formation?

Nick C
Nick C
29 days ago
Reply to  James

It’s probably there because they have upset the exercise staff and aren’t allowed to play with everyone else!
Seriously, that looks like a very impressive force, and I hope they are all learning a lot.

Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
29 days ago
Reply to  James

Based on the mast shape, I’m pretty sure its an Arleigh Burke

BB85
BB85
29 days ago

It’s great to see so many articles detailing ships out on active training or out on patrols. It felt like 3/4 of the fleet had been tied up the last 5 years.

Ron Stateside
Ron Stateside
29 days ago

Hovercrafts in formation?

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
29 days ago
Reply to  Ron Stateside

USN LCAC’s

dan
dan
29 days ago

The person driving the 3rd ship from the back on there right side looks like they’ve had a few too many or something. lol

Matt Harding
Matt Harding
29 days ago

Is USS Iwo Jima carrying Harriers or F-35B’s? Would love to see photos of the two together.

dan
dan
29 days ago
Reply to  Matt Harding

Harriers I believe.

Chris
Chris
29 days ago
Reply to  Matt Harding

Harriers

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
29 days ago

Serious answers only !!!!!