CSG21

Timelapse: Replenishment At Sea Firsts For CSG21 Mission

HMS Defender received fuel from the US amphibious assault ship USS America, while HMS Queen Elizabeth received live munitions.

The UK's Carrier Strike Group has carried out a first-time replenishment at sea (RAS) with the US Navy's USS America and HMS Defender.

HMS Defender received fuel from USS America in the Philippine Sea, making it the first time a British warship has conducted an RAS with a US Navy amphibious assault ship.

Earlier in the week, HMS Defender carried out an RAS with RFA Fort Victoria, at the same time as conducting flying operations. 

Carrier Strike Group Commander Commodore Steve Moorhouse posted a timelapse of Defender's live munitions replenishment by  RFA Fort Victoria on Twitter.

It showed the first live munitions replenishment at sea to a Queen Elizabeth Class carrier from a solid support ship, with 14,540Kg of munitions transferred.

This was all part of the sustainment of the UK's Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) at sea.

On Wednesday, HMS Kent also conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) with RFA Fort Victoria while on operations in the Indo-Pacific region. 

The refuelling took place in the morning at the same time as USS The Sullivans, part of the Carrier Task Group, conducted routine operations and exercises in the Philippine Sea.