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Watch: HMS Queen Elizabeth And Carrier Strike Group Arrive In Guam

The Carrier Strike Group is taking the opportunity to reset in the country before the next phase of the deployment in the Western Pacific.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has reached Guam with her Carrier Strike Group as part of its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.

The UK-led Strike Group is on a 28-week deployment, 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.

In a tweet the Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, Commodore Steve Moorhouse, hailed the arrival as "another important milestone" for the mission.

"The United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group arrives in #Guam – another important milestone for #CSG21 and an opportunity to reset ahead of the next phase in the Western Pacific."

Another tweet from HMS Queen Elizabeth showed a short video of her arrival in rainy Guam.

It said: "Hello Guam! A rainy arrival into this beautiful tropical island in the western Pacific Ocean. Very excited to be here!"

The arrival in Guam comes after icy warnings from Beijing in relation to the group's transit through the disputed South China Sea, late last month.

China warned the Strike Group "it is ready to deal with 'improper acts" as it arrived in the disputed waters.

The UK's Carrier Strike Group also carried out a double replenishment at sea (RAS) – as F-35 jets took off from, and landed on, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

RFA Tidespring and Dutch naval ship HNLMS Evertsen completed the replenishment alongside the carrier as the ships, currently on the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 21 deployment, passed through the region.