HMS Queen Elizabeth has taken delivery of live munitions whilst at sea for the first time.

The carrier tweeted that the munitions were loaded on from RFA Fort Victoria, along with food and aviation fuel, “keeping our sailors and jets going at sea”.

Fort Victoria is an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship, offering the capability of both stores ship and fleet tanker.

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.

The Carrier Strike Group includes ships from the United States Navy, the Dutch Navy, and Marines from the US Marine Corps as well as air assets from 617 Sqn, 820 NAS, 815 NAS and 845 NAS.

Not shown is an Astute class submarine.

The Royal Navy say that the UK’s Carrier Strike Group will visit more than one fifth of the world’s nations. Led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, the task group will visit 40 nations including India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore in a deployment covering 26,000 nautical miles.

“While in the Pacific, ships from the Carrier Strike Group will mark the 50th anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Agreement between Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the UK by taking part in Exercise Bersama Lima. Joining HMS Queen Elizabeth on her maiden deployment are destroyers HMS Diamond and Defender; frigates HMS Richmond and Kent; an Astute-class submarine in support below the waves; and Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring.

More than 30 aircraft will also embark across the task group including F-35 jets from 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, and the US Marine Corps’ VMFA-211; Wildcat helicopters from 815 Naval Air Squadron and Merlin helicopters from 820 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons. Royal Marines from 42 Commando will also deploy with the carrier. Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen and American Arleigh Burke destroyer USS The Sullivans are also part of the strike group.”

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

Currently however, HMS Diamond isn’t with the group after suffering a defect. You can read more about that here. HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group will also undertake anti-submarine exercises whilst in the Pacific region.

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Matt
Matt
2 months ago

So at the end of a deployment, do all those munitions get offloaded? Phalanx emptied, stored emptied etc? Or is it kept on board for a quick departure? Cheers
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John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

I would assume that as the duty Carrier, shes kept “loaded for Bear” when she’s back alongside in Portsmouth Matt.

Rudeboy1
Rudeboy1
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Aircraft Carriers are only ‘de-ammunitioned’ ahead of major refit periods. To do that they need to sail up to Glen Mallan and de-ammunition directly to the storage facility there.

At present its highly likely that HMS Prince Of Wales has nothing more than small amounts of self defence ammunition onboard as she has yet to go to Glen Mallan for a big load.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

The First thing that is Ditched prior to entering harbour for a Carrier is LOX liquid oxygen far to Dangerous

JN
JN
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommo

F35 doesn’t use LOX.

Tommo
Tommo
1 month ago
Reply to  JN

Ar well learn something new everyday thanks JN

MrSatyre
MrSatyre
2 months ago

Why not say 14 tons? You wouldn’t measure the length of the ship in centimeters, so why measure the weight of the munitions in kilograms?

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
2 months ago
Reply to  MrSatyre

The 14540kg figure sounds like its the total from an inventory list.

Andy P
Andy P
2 months ago
Reply to  MrSatyre

You wouldn’t measure the length of the ship in centimeters”

Aye, its traditionally football pitches, Nelson’s Column’s or double decker buses.

Just be grateful that the ammunition wasn’t measured in ‘average family cars’.  😉 

I’m a little surprised that this is the first RAS of live ammunition.

Flanders Pigeon Murderer
Flanders Pigeon Murderer
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy P

You forgot Olympic sized swimming pools

Andy P
Andy P
2 months ago

You’re right, my bad.  😔 

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
2 months ago

You beat me to it.

It is the most essential naval measurement……apparently….!

Dave G
Dave G
2 months ago

Flight deck size in percentage area of Wales??? possibly quite high if you limit it to the flat areas a plane can land on 😉

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy P

Didnt have to fire at anything in the SCS thankfully!

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Not yet.

Lee
Lee
2 months ago
Reply to  James

They still got to come back same way… Guam was half way point of the deployment.

Rob
Rob
2 months ago

This is very interesting. Last time I armed ship was in Gib before we publicly declared we were heading south in 82. This is a bit ominous…

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Theyve been expending munitions in the middle east and on several training exercises along the way. Practising was probably a box ticking validation exercise as well.

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

Makes sense and hope so!

Tams
Tams
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Eh? CSG21 is a training exercise as well.

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  Tams

Nobody said it wasn’t So eh?

Steve
Steve
2 months ago

#George, Do we need articles padded out everytime with what the CSG is doing? same text same graphics & pics on every artical releating to CSG21? surely everyone knows by now? just t passing thought..

Last edited 2 months ago by Steve
DRS
DRS
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

 😀  But if you come to it new it has all the background info. Just skip if not interested but it is all part of the dark arts of making a website be bigger and viable and minimum info becomes max article. If BBC + papers etc can do it why not UK journal. If you look at a lot of articles online they always have rehashed information.

David Steeper
David Steeper
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

It’s what your mouse is there for !

Andrew D
Andrew D
2 months ago

Thought the BBC would of reported more on CSG ,but in reality since sailing round in the South China sea been a little on the quiet side 😶

David Steeper
David Steeper
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew D

The news agenda has been taken over in the last week or two. Looking forward to the series on CSG21 when it’s broadcast. Hopefully not too long a wait.

Andrew D
Andrew D
2 months ago
Reply to  David Steeper

Thanks David will look forward to that.

Mark
Mark
2 months ago

Any new weapons been loaded for testing/trials or just the same as was loaded before she set off?

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
2 months ago

I was going to say why the reload as the haven’t used anything. Are we thinking 14 tons of real ammunition has been dropped by aircraft etc, thought the would use cheap concrete practice bombs.

Lee
Lee
2 months ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

The fighter jets were off on bombing missions of isis strongholds.. no training exercise. They gone out there to do a job.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
2 months ago
Reply to  Lee

How could I forget that! So much going on in the world. If the needed them I guess they would off topped up earlier after Syria. Maybe just for the fun of it if could be grabbed some from Guam or something. Maybe sonar buoys and things like that are counted as ammo. 20mm cannon etc

Airborne
Airborne
2 months ago

A capability many don’t know exist, the RFA, but a small force which ensures we are and will remain a blue sea navy capable of deploying and operating at length anywhere around the globe. Well done to all involved!

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
2 months ago

The ammunition and armament load of a ship is set out in an MOD confidential document that was known as the Armament Warrant. It lists all of the Armament stores a vessel must carry as a minimum war stock. Its not just explosives, it also includes all items who’s NATO Stock number is prefixed with an A. This can be arming wires, rifles, spare parts for cannons, grease for guns….the list is comprehensive. As you expend stuff, if it approaches LIFEX, or it gets red flagged as “Do not Use, set aside ” for safety or performance issues, you start… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Gunbuster
DP
DP
2 months ago

Hi George, my message is a bit random, I know, but just thought I’d say thanks to you and all the UKDJ crew who help support and contribute to this website. It’s a daily staple for me for most things UK military related.

David Steeper
David Steeper
2 months ago
Reply to  DP

Seconded.If it wasn’t for sites like this we would have to earbash family, friends and random strangers with our nonsense. So a thank you from them too.   :wpds_lol: 

Steven johnson.
Steven johnson.
1 month ago

Wish I was young enough to go.