A post written by the Ministry of Defence detailing the upcoming deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth and her strike group mentioned a Dutch warship, that mention has now been removed.
Two sections of a post titled ‘UK Carrier Strike Group Explained‘ were removed.
The first stated:
“The group includes NATO’s most sophisticated destroyers coming together from the Royal Navy, the US Navy and the Dutch Navy.”
The second stated:
“The group includes NATO’s most sophisticated destroyers — the Royal Navy’s Type 45s HMS Diamond and HMS Defender and US Navy Arleigh Burke-class USS The Sullivans as well as frigates HMS Northumberland and HMS Kent from the UK and the Dutch Navy’s HNLMS Evertsen.”
Worth noting is that the post has now been “unlisted” which means that only people with the link can see it.
The post now reads:
“The Carrier Strike Group will be complemented by US Marine Corps and US Navy personnel and equipment. This includes a detachment of US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft and the US Navy’s destroyer, USS The Sullivans.”
There is now no mention of a Dutch vessel and oddly, a graphic featured in the original post has now been removed. The graphic is displayed below and appeared originally to detail how the Carrier Strike Group would operate.
UPDATE: We now know the mention was premature, having been put out before the Dutch confirmed their involement. After the Dutch confirmed their involvement, it was restrored.
HNLMS Evertsen was present last year as the Carrier Strike Group worked up.