HMS Queen Elizabeth, pictured here with Carrier Strike Group member HMS Artful, has resumed her deployment after a port visit in Italy.
After a series of port visits, the UK Carrier Strike Group has reformed to resume our programme in the Mediterranean. #CSG21
Ready to operate at sea, in the air, over the land and under the waves… pic.twitter.com/qmyzGZZtOG
— Commander UK Carrier Strike Group (@smrmoorhouse) June 15, 2021
HMS Artful is an Astute class nuclear submarine and recently visited Gibraltar. She is the third of the seven Astute-class submarines to be built for the Royal Navy. She began her naval career in 2015, and was commissioned in 2016.
The Astute class are the largest, most advanced and most powerful attack submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy, combining world leading sensors, design and weaponry in a versatile vessel. The class have provision for up-to 38 weapons in six 21-inch torpedo tubes. The submarines are capable of using Tomahawk Block IV land-attack missiles with a range of 1,000 miles and Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes.
What is the UK Carrier Strike Group doing?
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the deployed flag ship for Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21), a deployment that will see the ship and her escorts sail to the Asia-Pacific and back.
CSG21 will see the ship along with the Strike Group work with over 40 countries from around the world. The Strike Group will operate and exercise with other countries Navies and Air Forces during the 7 month deployment.
The Carrier Strike Group includes ships from the United States Navy, the Dutch Navy, and Marines from the US Marine Corps. As well as British frigates, destroyers, a submarine, two RFA supply ships and air assets from 617 Sqn, 820 NAS, 815 NAS and 845 NAS.
This is the largest deployment of Fifth Generation Fighter Jets at sea in history.