MV-22B Osprey aircraft with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth earlier.
The U.S. Marine Corps say thatr the 24th MEU transported Marines and equipment assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strike Group.
An MV-22B Osprey with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, has landed aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth. pic.twitter.com/nuZ1MPk4t4
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What is the Carrier Strike Group doing?
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group are currently exercising alongside allied nations in and around the Scottish islands as part of the massive Strike Warrior exercise.
The Royal Navy say that Exercise Strike Warrior will involve 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.”