Commodore Andrew Betton OBE, Commander of the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group, has hosted the Director for Operations US Pacific Command onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Rear Admiral Patrick Piercey of the US Navy visited Portsmouth, the home base of the Royal Navy Carriers, as part of a wider UK visit.
During the Admiral’s tour, in which he visited the hanger and the ship’s flying control position, as well as the four-acre flight deck, Cdre Betton also briefed Adm Piercey on how the two Navies are working together.
The Commodore said in a statement:
“It’s a great opportunity to discuss the UK’s return to Carrier Strike Operations and how we can build our close operational partnerships across the Globe.”
The Admiral also visited HMS Collingwood to take a look at the Carrier Strike Group’s synthetic validation exercise.
Colonel Philip Kelly RM, CSG Strike Warfare Commander, said:
“It was an excellent opportunity to review concepts of operations at different threat levels for CSG operations.
“Key themes discussed focused on the need for range for the Carrier Air Wing and future operational environments.”
“The Admiral had a very keen understanding of the challenges we both face and was impressed with UK CSG’s progress thus far.
“I think we the UKCSG will be a welcome addition to any allied force as we bring significant combat power.”