HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group have visited dozens of countries on the groups maiden deployment, here’s a breakdown of what went where.
Here’s a list of what countries to date the carrier strike group has had engagements or military exercises with and what they were.
|Country / Overseas Territory||Activity|
|Australia||Passage Exercise , air interaction, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD|
|Bangladesh||Port visit to Chittogram|
|British Indian Ocean Territory||Port visit to Diego Garcia|
|Brunei||Port visit to Bandar Seri Begawan|
|Cambodia||Virtual defence engagement|
|Canada||Exercise PACIFIC CROWN (Pacific Ocean) South China Sea navigation in company|
|Cyprus||Port visit to Limassol and Larnaca|
|Djibouti||Port visit to Djibouti|
|Egypt||Port visit to Alexandria|
|France||Exercises Atlantic Trident (North Atlantic) and Gallic Strike (Mediterranean) Press Release|
|Georgia||Port visit to Batumi|
|Gibraltar||Hosted reception at sea|
|Greece||Port visits to Piraeus and Souda.|
|Guam||Port visits to Guam|
|India||Maritime Participation Exercise in the Indian Ocean Press Release|
|Indonesia||Port visit to Jakarta|
|Israel||Exercise Falcon Strike and Exercise Tri-Lightning (both in the Mediterranean). Port visit to Haifa|
|Italy||Exercise Falcon Strike, transit in western Mediterranean, Port visits to Augusta, Messina and Taranto Press Release|
|Japan||Port visits to Sasebo, Yokosuka, Funakoshi, Exercise PACIFIC CROWN (Pacific Ocean), quad carrier exercise (with two carriers from the USA, one from Japan and HMS Queen Elizabeth), Reception and capability demonstration, South China Sea navigation in company Press Release|
|Malaysia||Passage Exercise, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD|
|Montenegro||Port visit to Bar, Reception and Capability Demonstration, Press Release|
|New Zealand||South China Sea Transit in company, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD|
|Oman||Port visit to Duqm|
|Republic of Korea||Search and rescue exercise, at sea reception and capability demonstration Press Release|
|Saudi Arabia||Port visit to Jeddah. Passage Exercise|
|Singapore||Passage Exercise including some limited air exercising. Port visit to Sembawang. Reception and capability demonstration, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD Press Release|
|Spain||Port visits to Alicante and Cartagena|
|Thailand||Co-ordinated maritime manoeuvres Press Release|
|Turkey||Port visit Istanbul Press Release|
|Ukraine||Port visit to Odessa Press Release|
|United States||Dual, tri and quad carrier exercises. Exercise Atlantic Trident (North Atlantic), Exercise Gallic Strike (Mediterranean), Exercise Falcon Strike, Exercise Tri-Lightning Press Release Press Release|
|Vietnam||Port visit to Da Nang and Passage Exercise|
|NATO*||Exercise Steadfast Defender (North Atlantic), Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 – Operation Sea Guardian (Mediterranean), At-sea reception and capability demonstration Press Release Press Release|
*Whilst not a country, assets from the UK Carrier Strike Group also participated in NATO-led military exercises and engagements.  Five Powers Defence Arrangements Exercise hosted by Malaysia with participants from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.
As a representation of the ‘Indo-Pacific tilt’ in the UK’s foreign policy, the Carrier Strike Group made its maiden deployment in May 2021 and has conducted operations and engagements in the Mediterranean and the Indo-Pacific. The Strike group will travel over 26,000 nautical miles from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, from the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea, and from the Indian Ocean to the Philippine Sea, engaging with 40 countries. This deployment will end in December 2021.
The Strike Group comprises aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, Type 45 destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond (although this ship has had recent issues), Type 23 frigates HMS Richmond and HMS Kent, and tanker and storage ships Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring. In Addition, there’s an Astute class submarine, an American destroyer and a Dutch frigate.