The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived in Scotland to visit British bases and to attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as the guest of the British Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford will visit the Rosyth shipyard, where the future HMS Prince of Wales is being built.
The aircraft carrier will be the second of the Queen Elizabeth-class British aircraft carriers and will carry F-35B Lightning II aircraft and array of helicopters.
The Royal Navy is re-entering the aircraft carrier business in a big way. Britain decommissioned the HMS Ark Royal, its last aircraft carrier, in 2010.
HMS Queen Elizabeth began sea trials in June. The 70,600-ton carrier has exercised with US and NATO forces and Royal Navy personnel embarked on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush to train for operations aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The chairman will also visit the Royal Navy submarine base at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, where he will meet with sailors and Royal Marines.
The chairman will attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, where he will join Peach in taking the salute.
The highlight of the event is the Massed Pipes and Drums celebrating the contributions of Scottish service members worldwide.