Exercise Pacific Crown L-R F-B JS Izumo, HMS Queen Elizabeth, JS Ise, HNLMS Evertsen, HMS Defender, HMCS Winnipeg, RFA Tidespring 09092021 CREDIT MOD Crown Copyright.jpg
Earlier this month HMS Queen Elizabeth led CSG21 during Exercise Pacific Crown with JS Izumo, JS Ise, HNLMS Evertsen, HMS Defender, HMCS Winnipeg and RFA Tidespring (Picture: MOD).
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CSG21: New Zealand Defence Force To Exercise With Carrier Strike Group

Strike group is visiting 40 nations, including India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, in a deployment covering 26,000 nautical miles.

Exercise Pacific Crown L-R F-B JS Izumo, HMS Queen Elizabeth, JS Ise, HNLMS Evertsen, HMS Defender, HMCS Winnipeg, RFA Tidespring 09092021 CREDIT MOD Crown Copyright.jpg
Earlier this month HMS Queen Elizabeth led CSG21 during Exercise Pacific Crown with JS Izumo, JS Ise, HNLMS Evertsen, HMS Defender, HMCS Winnipeg and RFA Tidespring (Picture: MOD).

The UK's Carrier Strike Group (CSG21), spearheaded by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will be joined by the New Zealand Defence Force for an international defence exercise in South East Asia.

Royal New Zealand Navy (NZDF) frigate HMNZS Te Kaha and replenishment tanker HMNZS Aotearoa, with a Seasprite helicopter onboard, departed Auckland's Hauraki Gulf on the 9 September to spend the next two to three months at sea.

Rear Admiral Jim Gilmour, Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said: "Deploying naval and air assets solidifies our long-standing relationships with our FPDA partners and our ongoing commitment to the region."

A tweet from CSG21 Commander Commodore Steve Moorhouse said: "We (CSG21) are looking forward to elements of #CSG21 working alongside you (NZDF) in this truly international exercise.

"The Strike Group is international by design and the opportunity to work with like-minded nations only strengthens our resolve and commitment to the region."