The Littoral Response Group deployment will is being tested in Exercise Highland Dagger, a 11-day tactical exercise, before moving into northern Europe and the Baltic region for operations with NATO allies.
American Osprey tiltrotor aircraft moved Royal Marines and U.S. Navy seals from British ships to the shore.
— Commander Littoral Strike Group (COMLSG) (@ComdLittoralSG) May 23, 2021
The UK’s Littoral Response Group (North) deployment sees commando forces and amphibious ships HMS Albion and RFA Mounts Bay, plus Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster deploy around northern Europe and Baltic Sea in the coming months.
The task group has so far been working closely with the USS Iwo Jima’s Amphibious Ready Group off the coast of Scotland, on the US-led Exercise Ragnar Viking off the Norwegian coast and on operations in the North Sea.
Lieutenant Commander Bob Powell, the Task Group’s Staff Aviation Officer on board HMS Albion, was quoted as saying:
“The value of this training with our US allies cannot be underestimated. It allows us to test, prove and learn from even the most simple of daily tasks up to concurrent helicopter load lifting and replenishment at sea between three very large ships in very close quarters. It’s a skill set not many nations can carry out as efficiently and safely as the Royal Navy and US Navy.
It has been a genuine pleasure to have worked with our US partners, not only over the last five days but also during the weeks and months of planning that preceded this. Their humour, enthusiasm and incredible generosity shows that the special relationship between our two nations and armed forces remains as strong as it has ever been.”