Indian and British aircraft above HMS Queen Elizabeth (Picture: Indian Air Force).
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Carrier Strike Group part of 'ambitious' tri-service training with India

The week-long joint phase of the Konkan Shakti 21 exercise involved is part of HMS Queen Elizabeth's return journey.

Indian and British aircraft above HMS Queen Elizabeth (Picture: Indian Air Force).

The UK Carrier Strike Group is involved in what its Commander called the most "ambitious" exercise of its kind with India to date.

All three services from both nations' militaries trained side by side to improve "interoperability", said Commodore Steve Moorhouse, as Britain tilts its focus toward the Indo-Pacific region.

The warship formation – spearheaded by aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, is homeward bound, past the halfway mark on its 28-week maiden CSG21 deployment.

A joint phase of the Konkan Shakti 21 exercise runs from 21 to 27 October.

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Photographs captured Indian navy and air force fighter jets join F-35s from the UK's 617 Squadron, jointly manned by Royal Air Force and Royal Navy personnel, flying past HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The drills mark the second round of defence engagements with India since the deployment of CSG21.

In July, the navies from the UK and India participated in a two-day bilateral Passage Exercise with CSG21 in the Bay of Bengal as the carrier was passing through.

As part of the exercises, both navies familiarised themselves with each other's weapons, equipment, tactics, techniques and procedures for carrying out joint military operations.

Once the latest stint with India comes to a close, the Carrier Strike mission will take HMS Queen Elizabeth and her warship entourage to the Gulf.