F-35 on Deck Sunset HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth and carrier strike group participate in exercise Joint Warrior

Following the GROUPEX work-up period, the UK Carrier Strike Group participated in Exercise Joint Warrior (4th – 15th October 2020). This photo essay covers their activities during the exercise, along with participating NATO warships.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier strike Group

HMS Queen Elizabeth joined by supporting warships as the Carrier Strike Group assembles

This week the Royal Navy’s complete Carrier Strike Group assembled for the first time in the North Sea. The multi-national group worked up together in preparation for the more demanding exercise Joint Warrior that begins this week.

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HMS Audacious leaves Barrow

In pictures – Royal Navy submarine, HMS Audacious sails for the first time

On Saturday 4th April HMS Audacious was moved from Devonshire Dock in Barrow towards Walney Channel. Despite the ongoing pandemic and delays to her construction, it is pleasing to report that today she finally sailed for the first time.

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Double replenishment at sea

Photo essay: HMS Queen Elizabeth – Westlant 19 deployment – Part 4

After the arrival of jets onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in October, the Operational Test (OT-1) flying programme got into full swing. This photo essay covers the UK Carrier Strike Group during this period which was followed by diplomatic visits to the United States.

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Photo essay: HMS Queen Elizabeth Westlant 19 deployment – Part 2

After departing Halifax on 16th September, HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Dragon and RFA Tideforce headed south towards the Florida coast and were joined by HMS Northumberland. They exercised off the eastern seaboard of the US before the aircraft carrier arrived at Naval Station Mayport on 4th October.

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Photo essay: HMS Queen Elizabeth Westlant 19 deployment – Part 1

HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from Portsmouth on the 30th August in company with RFA Tideforce. After some final operational sea training off the coast of North Cornwall, the ships were joined by HMS Dragon and crossed the Atlantic to Canada. This photo and video essay documents the initial part of the Westlant 19 deployment.

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