Stunning images show F-35B jets and Merlin helicopters packed into the hangar of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The vessel tweeted the following images showing F-35Bs and Merlin helicopters in the hangar.
When we're busy up top ⚡
We're busy below 🔧
— HMS Queen Elizabeth🇬🇧 (@HMSQNLZ) May 13, 2021
The images are shown below.
The hangar can hold around 24 aircraft.
The vessel is currently carrying around 18 F-35Bs plus a number of Merlin helicopters.
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group recently arrived in Scotland for a major multinational exercise. 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.”
Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander UK Carrier Strike Group, said:
“The new UK Carrier Strike Group is the embodiment of British maritime power, and sits at the heart of a modernised and emboldened Royal Navy. Protected by a ring of advanced destroyers, frigates, helicopters and submarines, and equipped with fifth generation fighters, HMS Queen Elizabeth is able to strike from the sea at a time and place of our choosing; and with our NATO allies at our side, we will be ready to fight and win in the most demanding circumstances. Carrier Strike offers Britain choice and flexibility on the global stage; it reassures our friends and allies and presents a powerful deterrent to would-be adversaries.”
The aircraft carriers jets have been busy too.