An Astute class nuclear submarine, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, will deploy with HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group.
According to the Ministry of Defence, on the 28-week deployment spanning 26,000 nautical miles the Carrier Strike Group will conduct engagements with Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Japan and India as part of the UK’s tilt towards the Indo-Pacific region.
A statement from the Ministry of Defence regarding this deployment confirms the presence of a submarine:
“HMS Queen Elizabeth, the most powerful surface vessel in the Royal Navy’s history, will next month set sail as the flagship of a Carrier Strike Group. Joining her will be a surface fleet of Type 45 destroyers, HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, Type 23 anti-submarine frigates HMS Kent and HMS Richmond, and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring. Deep below the surface, a Royal Navy Astute-class submarine will be deployed in support, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles.”
It is unusual for the Ministry of Defence to comment on submarine deployments so it is likely the point of this is to send a message.
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