British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is to sail to the Arctic Circle in the coming days to support a multinational air transport mission.

The new 70,600 tonne carrier has not yet entered operational service but it’s understood that she is being hurried into service for this mission, with an MoD spokesperson describing the efforts of the crew as those of ‘good girls and boys’.

According to Foreign Office spokesman Nicholas Kringle:

“We’ve received an urgent request for assistance to support a multi-national air transport mission being launched from a currently undisclosed location within the Arctic Circle. As such, HMS Queen Elizabeth is being urgently deployed to provide emergency provisions and a ‘back up’ option should the cargo aircraft involved need to land and refuel.”

This comes not long after it was announced that the Royal Air Force will reportedly be on high alert in the coming days in order to track cargo flights from the Arctic region.

The move has been prompted by an incident around a year ago in which Typhoon aircraft escorted a Lapland registered aircraft (flying from the Arctic region) over the UK’s major cities, the pilot of the craft was said to be under the influence of alcohol and very “festive”, this is especially dangerous due to the sheer volume of cargo the aircraft was carrying. This is expected to happen again.

An MoD spokesman had this to say:

“Interception is part of what the QRA force do. We have to identify and confirm who or what is flying through our airspace or approaching our airspace and since the craft appears at the same time each year, we have a fairly good idea who will be flying but we don’t take any chances.”

The Ministry of Defence used satellites with infra-red sensors to track the aircraft last time this happened, it is understood that the heat from an animals red nose was clearly visible and it was at this point RAF aircraft began escorting the bright red aircraft over every British city, town and village.

UPDATE: We understand the provisions HMS Queen Elizabeth has been loaded with include Brandy and small biscuits.

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Daniele Mandelli

Not this time.. …
The other week you had me at first but not this time!!

Steve Salt

Yawn,must do better !


Was hoping that this was serious, then I read the first paragraph.

You teases.


Ignore the bores above. Great work


If it were true, I bet the team working on the leaking screw collar would have some choice words for the top brass!


Dammnit…. I got to paragraph 2 before the obvious dawned on me.

Sort of hoped the Elizabeth was being unleashed on the world ahead of schedule.


I’m sure our brave and always accurate and never hysterical media would report that HMS QE’s radar couldn’t detect Santa’s sled, the mince pies on board were leaking and in all respects inferior to those carried by other navies, HMS Qe’s paint had peeled off due to reindeer poop, the ship had listed badly when Santa’s sled flew within 200 yards of it, it had been dented by an ice cube, there was a lack of coal on board to provide fires to keep crew warm and absolutely no hot water bottles for their beds, polar bears had chewed off… Read more »


If you want a real Christmas laugh have a butchers at the Poundland twitter site and it’s naughty elf.




So a short takeoff/rolling landing may need to be undertaken. How does Rudolf perform without the availability of cats’n traps?


That’s just not fair, I got caught again till the 5th paragraph.


I missed out Nicholas Kringle and was in happy oblivion until I got to the bit about the Typhoon! ????

Geoffrey Roach


Bill in KW

A bit off topic, but…………… Living in Key West Florida – where there never has been a frost- the USS Portland (LPH?)was welcomed into port so the crew can enjoy Christmas. I looked up the cost a whopping billion plus, plus. But and I would say again but if she had been a Foreign Warship on a “goodwill” visit I would have been very worried. Therefore a Christmas Question: Why can someone/ some country come up with a similar design and let their/our friends build / share in a similar way that the Bay Class is not a Uk design?… Read more »

Mr Bell

Go navy!
Santa rescue needed.
love it!
Happy Christmas to all the friends and foes (TH over there in the basement of the Kremlin) on UK defence journal

Peter French

Ho HO HO. trouble with the drive shafts on QE can be overcome by hitching up Santa,s Team of Reindeer, always a solution to any problem

Geoffrey Roach

Merry Christmas everybody. Here’s hoping that Santa brings you all the kit you need for a happy and peaceful holiday.

Daniele Mandelli

Happy Christmas to you too Geoffrey.


Didn’t get me this time…as still wary
(Fell for the previous one big time)
Merry Christmas to you and yours, have a good one.

Daniele Mandelli

Happy Christmas to all.

My respects especially to all serving and ex forces personnel here. I find expert commentary fascinating and enjoy the knowledgeable comments on this site.

Thank you.


What! No carrots? How are the reindeer going to refuel…?

David Mercer

Yup. A newbie on this site, and the first thing I do is fall for it. Been out since ’79 so my banter radar’s a bit rusty.
Hello to all of you and be sure to have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and prosperous NEW YEAR.
Special mentions to those fine folk still serving.

Mark Price

Just read this to my son Jude, he was completely mesmerised, love it!! BZ


Best they sort the leaky prop first, otherwise Capn Pugwash my have to come and rescue them all 🙂

Geoffrey Roach

I hate to say it but nice one TH.

Nadelik loewn

Geoffrey Roach


Alan Bathurst

wikkileaks confirmed that Santa has gone stealth this year after previous encounters


Fell for that one, next time I need to read the whole post, that will teach me HO HO HO

Stanford peteŕkin

They must apart been but on standby for six mouth or more