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.

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group.

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 TerritoryActivity
AustraliaPassage Exercise , air interaction, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD[1]
BangladeshPort visit to Chittogram
British Indian Ocean TerritoryPort visit to Diego Garcia
BruneiPort visit to Bandar Seri Begawan
CambodiaVirtual defence engagement
CanadaExercise PACIFIC CROWN (Pacific OceanSouth China Sea navigation in company
CyprusPort visit to Limassol and Larnaca
DjiboutiPort visit to Djibouti
EgyptPort visit to Alexandria
FranceExercises Atlantic Trident (North Atlantic) and Gallic Strike (Mediterranean) Press Release
GeorgiaPort visit to Batumi
GibraltarHosted reception at sea
GreecePort visits to Piraeus and Souda.
GuamPort visits to Guam
IndiaMaritime Participation Exercise in the Indian Ocean Press Release
IndonesiaPort visit to Jakarta
IsraelExercise Falcon Strike and Exercise Tri-Lightning (both in the Mediterranean). Port visit to Haifa
ItalyExercise Falcon Strike, transit in western Mediterranean, Port visits to Augusta, Messina and Taranto Press Release
JapanPort 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
MalaysiaPassage Exercise, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD
MontenegroPort visit to Bar, Reception and Capability Demonstration, Press Release
New ZealandSouth China Sea Transit in company, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD
OmanPort visit to Duqm
Republic of KoreaSearch and rescue exercise, at sea reception and capability demonstration Press Release
Saudi ArabiaPort visit to Jeddah. Passage Exercise
SingaporePassage Exercise including some limited air exercising. Port visit to Sembawang. Reception and capability demonstration, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD Press Release
SpainPort visits to Alicante and Cartagena
ThailandCo-ordinated maritime manoeuvres Press Release
TurkeyPort visit Istanbul Press Release
UkrainePort visit to Odessa Press Release
United StatesDual, tri and quad carrier exercises. Exercise Atlantic Trident (North Atlantic), Exercise Gallic Strike (Mediterranean), Exercise Falcon Strike, Exercise Tri-Lightning Press Release Press Release
VietnamPort 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. [1] 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.

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Robert Blay
Robert Blay
1 month ago

I hope Covid restrictions haven’t limited the crews run ashore fun to much. This type of trip is what you join up for. Great ambassadors for the UK. And a capability very few countries could deploy on this scale, and range from home. And we are still in early days of carrier strike regeneration. Lots more to come. 👍

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Bravo.
Especially as this is alongside all the other commitments, exercises and deployments rather than 1 main effort while the rest of the RN stops.

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago

My mate in Switzerland wants to know when he’ll be able to look down from his mountain and see them?

-posting for Daniele as you know what day it is!-

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

😂 👍

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago

I thought you’d like that one. 😂

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

What a trip. QE will be straight into refit upon return and POW steps up.

Other news: reports of an explosion in Portsmouth coming in. Anyone know the gen?

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

A house explosion being reported?

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Thanks,

Let’s hope people are safe and it’s not anything to do with RNB.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Agreed.

Tommo
Tommo
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

News on South today and Meriden news that an explosion in Nelson Street 2 injured fire brigade stated possible Gas explosion terresthouses windows blown out updates at 22.30 bbc1 South Rob

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommo

Thanks Tommo.

Tommo
Tommo
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Bit more news Rob it was Nelson Avenue not street Stamshaw Portsmouth Gas explosion 2 casualties 1 male 1 Female taken to hospital with Serious Burn injuries

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Refit? Presumably a very minor one?

eclipse
eclipse
1 month ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

They’re planning to fit cats and traps, albeit not for F-35Cs or jets but things like Mosquito, Vixen and other drones.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago

Off-topic but a possible gap filler noetheless.

UK sets sights on interim strategic sealift capability22 OCTOBER 2021

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/defence/latest/uk-sets-sights-on-interim-strategic-sealift-capability

Sonik
Sonik
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Thanks, interesting. ‘Interim’ sounds like a contract extension to me.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonik

It could very well be, but good news nonetheless!

Sonik
Sonik
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Indeed, don’t recall anything being mentioned before about future plans for sealift.

Last edited 1 month ago by Sonik
Barry Larking
Barry Larking
1 month ago

That is one itinerary. Congratulations to all Ships companies. We are back!

Last edited 1 month ago by Barry Larking
Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago
Reply to  Barry Larking

If the CSG has got some spare time and fuel Sydney harbour is still open for a visit and the sun’s shining…24 degrees today…

klonkie
klonkie
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

and hopefully cross the ditch to visit Auckland. Hope you guys are enjoying your return fro Lockdown

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago
Reply to  klonkie

And Auckland harbour is pretty decent too…on a sunny day. Lol. Sydney is coming back to life but still lots of mask wearing on public transport and inside shops, shopping centres, malls and QR code scanning is everywhere. But it’s better than before. Hope NZ is improving too. I have family in Thames and Tauranga.

klonkie
klonkie
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Cheers Mate – no sunny weather today! God willing we’ll be back to normal by xmas

Stay safe and enjoy!

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago

I was only discussing this a few days ago with Lusty who provided me with a detailed explanation in answer to my question on installing martlet to the DS30M autocannon! A very useful addition.

“On 16th October, a Wildcat helicopter conducted the first operational firing of the Marlet missile. The aircraft, 219 flight from 815 Naval Air Squadron and based on HMS Defender launched the missile, successfully hitting the target while flying in the Bay of Bengal.”

https://www.navylookout.com/royal-navy-wildcat-fires-the-first-operational-martlet-missile/

Last edited 1 month ago by Nigel Collins
Watcherzero
Watcherzero
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

The full load looks scary!
The removable wings actually generate more lift than the Martlets weigh reducing fuel consumption, though the Sea Venom loadouts are heavier than the boost.
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Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

-Wildlusty appears-

I wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of that! Imagine a Type 45 operating 2x Wildcat after receiving the Sea Ceptor upgrade? That’s a potential 112 missiles heading for a postcode near you! (excluding any future anti-ship missiles in place of harpoon)

The Wildcat looks great with 10x Marlet and 2x Sea Venom or 4x Sea Venom etc, but that Martlet load just looks the business.

Last edited 1 month ago by Lusty
Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

112 missiles heading for a postcode near you!”And hopefully not this one either!” Intelligence officials told the Senate Intelligence Committee in private briefings that the Chinese test — which they tracked closely as it was happening — marked a substantial advancement in China’s ability to launch a strategic first strike against the United States, according to people familiar with the briefings. While it does not necessarily give China an upper hand over the US, the briefers said, there were certain elements of the missile’s capabilities and how it operated that took the officials by surprise. China also built and successfully… Read more »

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

Very!

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
1 month ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

Hi Watcherzero,

The article Nigel links to indicates that there is currently a limit of 10 Martlet on the wings because of induced aerodynamic issues. Nevertheless, 10 Martlet missiles is still a serious payload.

The article also suggests that it would be rare that a mixed load of Martlet and Sea Venom missiles because the two systems are intended for very different target sets.

Having said that I like the flexibility that a mixed load provides…

Cheers CR

Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

That does look the dogs….

klonkie
klonkie
1 month ago
Reply to  Watcherzero

awesome pic! I’m going to surrender -just in case.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 month ago

Deployment T shirts will list all the ports with red lines through them as cancelled.
Pity as its a once in a career trip for most people and unfortunately the runs ashore have been limited to a tent on a jetty next to the ship with wifi access.

jR
jR
1 month ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

I would of thought the carrier battle group would of gone to the place where a real peer to peer war is most likely – the frozen north. Which is being increasingly dominated by the Russians now it is thawing.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 month ago
Reply to  jR

In reality the far north is the realm of subs.
Surface units and aircraft don’t fair well up there. Just keeping units working is hard enough let alone fighting them. North of the circle in winter is even worse. No daylight, bad weather, storms…Its a testing environment and when I was on ships doing stuff up there there wasn’t an easy time to be had.

James William Fennell
James William Fennell
1 month ago

A fairly coherent forward basing strategy seems to be emerging for the Indian Ocean / Gulf / Pacific area: . A Littoral Response Group (1 Bay acting as an LSS, 1 Point and a Type 23) + 40 Cdo.at Duqm (LRG(S)). Presumably some Wildcat, Merlin HC4 and UAS are also needed. A heavy battlegroup in Oman (needs helicopters?). a light battlegroup in Kenya + Rangers in Somalia, with JHF medium helicopter flight (Puma and Bell 212) a Type 23, Bay and 4 MCMV at Bahrein perhaps an A-boat at Perth, WA Ghurka Bn.and AAC medium helo flight (Bell 212) at… Read more »

Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago

Agreed, and the move from BATUS would seem an obvious re-distribution of fewer and fewer assets. Combined arms training can still take place, yet the assets are double hatted and actuly operational. Although I presume all the wagons must have had a bloody decent main period as going from BG to BG they must have been shagged and worn out. Never went to BATUS, Wainwright was our Canada deployments.

klonkie
klonkie
1 month ago

Good post JWF well thought out, a convincing case that you put forward.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago

There could also be some use made with the Australian bases and Ports in the Northern Territory and North Queensland as well as Perth. I hope it’s not broadcasted too much through the media.
On a side note, we’re seeing the Chinese and Russian do their joint naval exercises now near Japan/Korea now the CSG has passed on. Maybe a bit of copy-carting going on…

James William Fennell
James William Fennell
1 month ago

There seems to be some dithering about upgrading Mounts Bay as an LSS, so LRG(S) will deploy in 2023 without any embarked helicopter facilities, which makes it difficult to support raiding operations. RFA Argus could have filled that gap, but she is up for sale, and would be quite expensive to operate on such a deployment given her age. The only other alternative vessel with a large hangar is Fort Victoria, but as the only FSS, she is needed for the CSGs. We could reach some agreement with another country to provide a LHD, I suppose, but not long term.… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by James William Fennell
Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago

If George had been retained, it’s almost certain that she would have been upgraded to the same specification as Vic (double-hulled). The decision to scrap her effectively means that the carriers can only rely on one SSS, given the fact that the older two are incapable of directly supporting the carriers. I would have gladly swapped the sale/scrapping of Largs and George for the scrapping of the older Forts. 2010 was littered with errors, but the loss of those two ships was perhaps the one we’re feeling most keenly, followed closely by the loss of escorts. Then again, the fact… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Lusty
simon
simon
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

Given that even after the 2010 review we still intended to deploy a carrier taskforce it seems nuts to scrap one of the support ships (Fort George) something really wrong there

Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago

Where havent they been!!!! Top marks to all involved, well done!

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago
Reply to  Airborne

No CSG port visits to 🇦🇺 and 🇳🇿 just yet… but could be in future plans.

Flanders Pigeon Murderer
Flanders Pigeon Murderer
1 month ago

Anybody would swear we had a large Navy.

Deep32
Deep32
1 month ago

The CSG has now lost one of its escorts. The Sullivan’s has just left to begin its journey back home, don’t believe another AB took its place. Not entirely sure when the USMC F35’s will leave, most probably when QE gets back to Pompey?