Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha and replenishment tanker HMNZS Aotearoa will sail with HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group.
We are looking forward to elements of #CSG21 working alongside you in this truly international exercise. The Strike Group is international by design and the opportunity to work with like minded nations only strengthens our resolve and commitment to the region. https://t.co/Gyf5QjzLqI
— Commander UK Carrier Strike Group (@smrmoorhouse) September 19, 2021
According to a statement from the Royal New Zealand Navy:
“The New Zealand Defence Force is to participate in an international defence exercise in South East Asia and will also interact with the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) as it conducts engagement activities in the Indo-Pacific region.
Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha and replenishment tanker HMNZS Aotearoa, with a Seasprite helicopter on board, have this week departed Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf for the next 2-3 months at sea.
Aircrew on a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion will join the naval Task Group for Bersama Gold 21, a major exercise on the international calendar marking the 50th anniversary of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA). The Orion will also interact with the UK CSG.”
As part of its maiden operational deployment, the Ministry of Defence say that HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group will sail over 26,000 nautical miles, engaging with 40 countries from the Mediterranean to the Indo-Pacific and back again.
“This deployment will provide tangible reassurance and security to our friends and a credible deterrence to those who seek to undermine global security.”
The group comprises nine ships, 32 aircraft and one submarine and is manned by 3,700 sailors, aviators and marines from the combined forces of the UK, US and the Netherlands.