Norwegian frigate Thor Heyerdahl from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) accompanied Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as she headed home.
Thor Heyerdahl linked up with HMS Queen Elizabeth following her departure from the east coast of the United States, providing ongoing maritime situational awareness and engaging in anti-submarine warfare training with the carrier strike group.
While the aircraft carrier is now in her home port, HMS Queen Elizabeth departed Portsmouth, United Kingdom on August the 30th for training with U.S. and Royal Canadian Navy forces. During its time with Allied nations, the ship was able to conduct flight operations with the British F-35B Lightning fighter jets testing their operational capacity.
“Working with Allied Navies throughout the Atlantic Ocean is fundamental in strengthening and improving the Alliance’s ability to quickly integrate with national forces to be able to execute tasking in support of any NATO mission,” said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Edward Cashman, Commander of SNMG1.
Thor Heyerdahl was called away from an exercise in the Norwegian Sea to carry out this mission, demonstrating NATO’s ability to quickly adapt to changing scenarios on a global scale.
SNMG1 is one of four NATO’s Standing Forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defence on a permanent basis.