UH-60 Blackhawks on HMS Queen Elizabeth, from Busan Naval Base CSG21 31082021 CREDIT HMS QE Twitter (2).jpeg
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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth Hosts Black Hawks During Pacific Deployment

The UK-led Carrier Strike Group is on a 28-week deployment, covering 26,000 nautical miles.

UH-60 Blackhawks on HMS Queen Elizabeth, from Busan Naval Base CSG21 31082021 CREDIT HMS QE Twitter (2).jpeg

The UK-led Carrier Strike Group (CSG21) continues to report back milestones from its 28-week deployment.

Just last week, ships from the CSG21 led by Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed with allies from the US Navy and Japan's Maritime Self Defence Force, at the end of exercises in the Pacific.

The naval force of warships, aircraft, sailors and marines from the UK, the Netherlands, United States and Japan converged for milestone exercises in the Pacific Ocean.

The Royal Navy and the Republic of Korea Navy have been operating side by side conducting critical maritime manoeuvres.

Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, highlighted the success of the deployment, calling the latest exercise "Maritime interoperability at its finest" on Twitter.

He tweeted: "Thank you to the ROK Navy for their enthusiastic support to the #CSG21 deployment."

HMS Queen Elizabeth has posted on Twitter it has been "great to work with" the ROK Navy, tweeting new imagery of UH-60 Black Hawks flying in from Busan Naval Base landing on her deck.

Last week, the Royals Navy's flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth performed a ceremonial 'cheer ship' to mark the steam past of Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force ships JS Ise and JS Asahi following Exercise Noble Union.

The UK-led Carrier Strike Group is on a 28-week deployment which began at the end of May, covering 26,000 nautical miles including passages through the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, from the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean to the Philippine Sea.