The flagships of the Royal Navy and the French Navy met up in the Mediterranean Sea.

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.”

British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed with French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle for a few days.

According to a Government news release:

“Working alongside another key NATO ally, the Carrier Strike Group will be joined by French Aircraft Carrier Charles De Gaulle for a period of dual carrier operations in the Mediterranean.”

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Below is a video, enjoy!

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.

What is the French Carrier Strike Group doing?

The primary mission of the task force’s five-month deployment in the East Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean is to assist Operation Inherent Resolve, a U.S.-led mission of forces from several countries tasked with eradicating Islamic State remnants following its three-year occupation of large swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory. You can read more about the French carrier group here.

 

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Andrew D
Andrew D
20 days ago

Looking good 👍

Julian1
Julian1
19 days ago

I read a French Twitter post (in French) say that QE class could not be called a proper aircraft carrier. I’d rather have an improper carrier 365 days a year than a proper one for just 5 months

Paul42
Paul42
19 days ago
Reply to  Julian1

Both vessels are ‘proper’ aircraft carriers, simply operating warplanes via differing methods. It should be remembered that CDG is the only nuclear powered carrier outside of the US Navy overcoming considerable problems to become an efficient fighting ship. Its great to see two impressive vessels steaming together.

Lordtemplar
Lordtemplar
19 days ago
Reply to  Paul42

Which considerable problems? A propellor broke during sea trials and it was fixed. Get over it. Not like QE class hasn’t experienced its share of problems, so as the Ford class.
The whole point of sea trials is to debug/fix before entering service. Not a big deal.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
19 days ago
Reply to  Lordtemplar

I think you need to read up about the serious delays in terms of years in entering service that affected the CDG before ridiculing another posters honest opinion. I dread to think what the reaction would have been in this Country. The French are more sanguine about such embarrassing hurdles and simply adjusted or re adjusted depending upon your viewpoint the radioactive level safety limits/regulations to allow her to enter service.

Nic
Nic
18 days ago
Reply to  Lordtemplar

The Prince of Wales is having a few problems at the moment but it is better now when it close to port rather than on overseas deployment

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
19 days ago
Reply to  Julian1

People tend to be rooted to the traditional view of things if it’s different it’s not the real thing… at least until it becomes the norm itself. Then it’s rinse and repeat when something else different comes along. You weren’t a real soldier if you didn’t wear a red (or blue) uniform back in the day. Anyone objective or forward thinking knows the plus and minus points and comes to a sensible conclusion rather than a prejudiced one.

Dern
Dern
19 days ago
Reply to  Julian1

I mean CdG is just a glorified LHD right? 🙂

PaulW
PaulW
19 days ago

silly english kniggits

Amy
Amy
19 days ago
Reply to  PaulW

ACTUAL Laughing out loud (from a silly English kniggit)😆😆

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
19 days ago
Reply to  PaulW

… and I piss in your English Channel.

Klonkie
Klonkie
19 days ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

and i fart in your general direction!

col
col
18 days ago
Reply to  PaulW

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dan
dan
19 days ago

Nice to see an E-2C in the mix.

KeithD
KeithD
19 days ago
Reply to  dan

Shame a Sentry and Voyager, which have been an important part of the story since QE left port, are not

farouk
farouk
19 days ago

Whislt we are on about French warships, Barnes Wallis came up with a mini bouncing bomb to be carried by Mosquitos for use against ships. Here is a film clip of one test against the French battleship Courbet. Really surprised at how the bomb punched its way into the Hull. (I would have presumed the armour would have kept it out..
https://twitter.com/rgpoulussen/status/1261917463438135296?s=20

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
19 days ago
Reply to  farouk

Indeed he did and the Germans took the idea on and added rockets to it.

OOA
OOA
19 days ago
Reply to  farouk

Interesting. Looks like it penetrated forward of the main armour belt.

Darren
Darren
19 days ago
Reply to  farouk

That looks like an R type Battleship as the anchor is too high for the Courbet and turrest too big and very much like 15″ ones. The bomb hit is over any armour and could well be hitting plating which is three quarters of an inch thick which dished in and took the hit, energy and at the end leaves a splash. If it penetrated, it was just normal hull plating in this area.

Lordtemplar
Lordtemplar
19 days ago

Impressive 👍 hopefully a video soon, because i can’t wait any longer for Top Gun 2

Rob
Rob
19 days ago

Lots of very silly Anglo-French rivalry comments on here. People should remember that we haven’t fought each other since 1815 (206 years ago), that we have fought 4 major wars together as allies since then (Crimea, WW1, WW2 & the Cold War) and, despite what the politicians would make you think, our armed forces are best buddies. Having said all that I do wish the Marine National would do the right thing and instead of building one highly expensive nuclear ‘prestige’ replacement carrier for CdG just got with the programme and sourced 2 QE Class carriers instead with F35B. It… Read more »

Mark
Mark
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Why is the “right thing” to buy production rights of the QE IP when they want to build their own, Either Nuclear or Conventional?

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Didn’t help I guess with UDJ making that joke about it a few weeks back knowing I’m sure the reaction it’s mischievousness would create despite pleading innocence later. Who was the General in the Crimea who could not get his head round the idea of fighting with the French rather than against them and couldn’t stop calling them the enemy, some of that has never quite gone from the competitive psyche I’m afraid. Though in all consciousness it works both ways, there was the French General in the Iberian Campaign who put down his various losses to the simple fact… Read more »

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
19 days ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Have to add too, that there were so many variations of the QE design including from Thales in particular originally even if they wanted a more traditional carrier the French could have pretty much gone with one of those and no doubt saved enormous time and effort in not having to totally re invent the wheel and engineer everything from scratch, there were some great concepts there.

TrevorH
TrevorH
19 days ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Crimea… Lord Raglan. He actually died of old age/sickness at the end of the Crimea.

As Fitzroy Somerset he was Secretary to Wellington. He was directly involved in a number of Peninsular War battles, was wounded at Bussaco and was the first man to be through the breach at Badajoz. He lost his arm at Waterloo.
He remained a long time assistant to Wellington.

Despite comments, he was a good French speaker and knew France well.

OldSchool
OldSchool
18 days ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

I’m not sure the French have been great allies in any of the wars you mention. Crimea see their faliure to flank march at Alma – the rits having to frontal assualt thro a river and up a hill into entrenched Russian positions if i recall right. WWI numerous failures and charging UK to run hospital trains on it rail track. WW2 French input a joke. Cold War – France has a hussy and cold sholders NATO for decades….recently the Stena affair no support from France there……sooooo…..

OldSchool
OldSchool
18 days ago
Reply to  OldSchool

Haha typos on phone
rits = Brits!
Hussy to hissy LOL

Dern
Dern
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob
Last edited 19 days ago by Dern
Rob
Rob
19 days ago
Reply to  Dern

Yes but that was Vichy.

Dern
Dern
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

The Etat Francais was still France.
Saying “but that was Vichy” is like me saying the entirety of the Napoleonic Wars “doesn’t count” because that was the French Empire, not the 5th Republic.

Torfou
Torfou
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

I don’t think the boat is the problem! The problem is the plane … I say it and repeat it, you will have a hard time with your F35s. The American generals and certain members of Congress now dare to say it, it is to say …

Delabatte
Delabatte
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Hi Rob
Nice comment, but about the french replacement you don’t get the point. A QEC in the french navy would be a valuable asset but that not fill Marine National needs. This 2 types of carriers are not for the same purpose/way to be used. And F35b is not fitted for french nukes which are carried by Rafale. It is not about “prestige” it is about to find the good tool for what you need. The Royal Navy with the Falkands war need this ship, not the french.

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
19 days ago
Reply to  Delabatte

Ah but, do you know your Onions ?  🤔 

Delabatte
Delabatte
18 days ago
Reply to  Captain P Wash

Don’t worry about that 😉

simon alexander
simon alexander
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

just checking, uk and french did agree to design carriers together and the french pulled out. we were not agreeing to build a plane for the carriers together. what a different outlook now if the carriers and planes had been anglo french enterprise.

Paul.P
Paul.P
19 days ago

Great photos! And timely reminders in these Brexit times of the strong defence partnership between UK and France.
I still have hopes that France will buy into the IEP technology and build a couple of cats and traps versions of QE.

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
19 days ago
Reply to  Paul.P

Ha…. You managed to include Brexit and Cats and Traps …… two of our favourite Topics !!!!

Joe16
Joe16
19 days ago
Reply to  Captain P Wash

Bit of UKDJ bingo?
All we need now are underarmed escorts, FFBNW, Maybe a comment on whether Mk41 or Sylver is the better VLS for the RN?

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
19 days ago
Reply to  Joe16

 😂 

Paul.P
Paul.P
19 days ago
Reply to  Captain P Wash

Just joining up the dots Captain. 😉

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
19 days ago
Reply to  Paul.P

Don’t use too many mate……… I might need them later……………………………………………………………………………………………………….  😄 

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
19 days ago

Err, Good Morning Entente Allies. Good job the actual navies get on more Cordially!

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
19 days ago

Next on the list has to be Juan Carlos 1…… Will the Pics be taken off Gibraltar or Cueta …. and will we swap F35’s for Harriers ?  😱 

Springer
Springer
19 days ago

Digging around it looks like Clemenceau21 includes 2 x Fremm, 1 x Horizon, 1 x Support Ship and an SSN (plus some allied vessels joining up periodically). These pictures look great, would be impressive to see both CSGs fully closed up and sailing together (obviously they have more important things to do than photo ops of course!)

Ron
Ron
19 days ago

Its good to see two European Carrier Battlegroups operating together. It also shows me that at least from a naval aspect Europe is more than capable to deal with any threat in the North Atlantic-Med-Norwegian Sea-Baltic areas.This will become even more so if Britain as promised by the government will increase its fleet from 19 to 24 DDGs/FFGs. The only area that European navys is lacking is in SSNs. I took a quick look at European naval numbers minus Turkey as they are unpredictable, Europe can field 3 large carriers, three small carriers, 13 SSNs, 28 SSKs 88 modern Frigates/Destroyers… Read more »

Lordtemplar
Lordtemplar
19 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Agreed sub numbers are low compared to Russia and China. With current level of AI tech for drones, I have my doubts concerning the efficacy of fighting ground vehicle drones, just too many variables in a dynamic battflefield to go wrong. However I believe drones are ideal for sub platforms. No crew quarters is a game changer in sub design. Not sure how reliable and mature are the communications links and remote controls in an underwater environment at long distances. Seems to work well for mine hunting drones which operate close to a mothership, but i presume much harder for… Read more »

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
19 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Hi Ron, I agree that it is good to see the two European Carrier Battlegroups, however, I do entirely agree with your comment about ‘any’ threat. If we got involved with a short limited conflict with Russia i.e. armed force on armed forces then yes the European NATO allies are close to being able to deal with the Russian threat, with the provisos you detail. However, I see that as a kind of least worst case scenario. The worst case scenario would be all out unlimited warfare in the North Altantic with Russian and Chinese submarines attacking the shipping lanes.… Read more »

Ron
Ron
19 days ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

Good point, well made.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago

What a load of mines bigger than yours w***y waving nonsense.
Both great assets.
French have greater recent experience, fixed wing AEW, and greater weapons ability, not surprisingly as they’ve had time to build the capability.
The RN can boast 2 Carriers, a real feather in our cap to ensure constant availability.

At least France knows how to run it’s armoured vehicle programmes!

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
19 days ago

I hear the latest blue sky from the GS is for a kind of all terrain module with a ‘leg’ at each corner and incorporating ‘machine learning’ whilst also capable of self-generation – once the design is finalised. There were assets like this that apparently gave reliable service for a ‘number of years’, but the GS think they can enhance that concept to create a truly revolutionary asset for the 21st century mobile brigade with an chassis weight coming in at no more that 50 tonnes.
Just awaiting the neigh sayers.
Still don’t think that Ajax looks balanced, somehow.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

😆

Frank62
Frank62
19 days ago

Gotta envy CDGs defensive armament v aircraft, drones & missiles:

USN carriers have similar defences(ESSM+RAM+Phalanx).
That allows engaging targets well away from the ship, whereas we’ve only Phalanx last ditch close range CIWS. Penny pinching suicde to me. Our 30mm & miniguns are virually useless at AA or anti-missile defence, only fitted for anti small boat attack.

Malcolm Samuel
Malcolm Samuel
18 days ago

Interesting stuff, but then we are NATO Allies and National Security should over-ride any public petty squabbles. And particularly so with what we have in the Middle East, Far East and Baltic at this time.

So, is the EU and French aggression over vaccines, fishing and Brexit merely fog, smoke and mirrors, and for the visual benefit of other people in the World…?

I hope so because Macron and some of the other EU Politicians seem immature.

George Parker
George Parker
18 days ago

It’s a shame they can’t cross deck jets. I thought that was the point of joint carrier operations with allies.