HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales have met each other at sea for the very first time.
Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander UK Carrier Strike Group said:
“Having previously commanded both HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, it was hugely exciting to be present as the two met at sea for the first time.
I know that sense of pride and accomplishment is shared by thousands of others, military and civilian, who have contributed to the Royal Navy’s carrier renaissance over the past decade or more.
The strategic significance is profound. Building one aircraft carrier is a sign of national ambition. But building two – and operating them simultaneously – is a sign of serious national intent. It means Britain has a continuous carrier strike capability, with one vessel always ready to respond to global events at short notice.
Few other navies can do that. Britain is back in the front rank of maritime powers.”
The pictures you’ve all been waiting for have arrived…
Building one aircraft carrier is a sign of national ambition.
— Commander UK Carrier Strike Group (@smrmoorhouse) May 20, 2021
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“The UK Carrier Strike Group is a great symbol of collaboration, both across the Armed Forces and our industry partners. Sailing together through a number of different environments, the partnership will uphold British values and international order.
By leading a large international exercise, practicing its wide range of capabilities, and demonstrating its formidable size, Strike Warrior 21 has proved that years of hard work, training and planning have paid off. The UK Carrier Strike Group is ready to promote Global Britain and confront future security threats of the twenty-first century.”
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group have recently completed Exercise Strike Warrior, an exercise designed to push the Carrier Strike Group to the limits and ensure its readiness for any situation during this year’s seven-month global deployment.
HMS Prince of Wales is in the midst of sea trials and other tests.