From front to back are HMCS Winnipeg, HNLMS Evertsen and RFA Tidespring in formation 09092021 Credit MOD Crown Copyright.jpg
HMCS Winnipeg (front), HNLMS Evertsen and RFA Tidespring in formation during Exercise Pacific Crown in September (Picture: MOD).
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Teabag shortage averted on HMS Queen Elizabeth – thanks to Canadian frigate

Trouble was brewing until HMCS Winnipeg saved the day by supplying the carrier with three boxes of Earl Grey teabags.

From front to back are HMCS Winnipeg, HNLMS Evertsen and RFA Tidespring in formation 09092021 Credit MOD Crown Copyright.jpg
HMCS Winnipeg (front), HNLMS Evertsen and RFA Tidespring in formation during Exercise Pacific Crown in September (Picture: MOD).

Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg stepped in to save Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth – from a teabag shortage. 

After suffering the shortage of tea while at sea in the Pacific over the past week, Commodore Steve Moorhouse, was more than thrilled to receive "probably 1,000 teabags" from the Canadians.

HMCS Winnipeg and HMS Queen Elizabeth had both taken part in a massive allied naval exercise off Japan during the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Cdre Moorhouse, commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, paid a 90-minute visit to the Canadian patrol frigate – a routine check-in with one of the allied escorts. 

Talking to CBC News, Cdre Moorhouse said: "I went across thinking I would be offered traditional Canadian hospitality, whatever that may be.

"And they very, very kindly laid on English tea, afternoon tea."

Cdre Moorhouse, who seemed genuinely touched by the gesture continued: "So, I had a cup of Earl Grey and English scones with cream and jam.

"I said, 'Hey, that's fantastic, we've just run out of Earl Grey tea in the flag area on Queen Elizabeth'."

That led the commander of the Winnipeg to step in and save the Navy flagship from the Earl Grey shortage.

Canadian Commander Doug Layton said: "We gave him three boxes and he sent me an email afterwards and said I was a hero going back to a British ship with tea from Canada."

The Royal Canada Navy official account posted a jokey tweet about the teabags, saying they are "always ready to help our shipmates".