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HMS Queen Elizabeth's CSG21 deployment in numbers: Including 2m eggs and 355,000 pints of milk

The aircraft carrier is on the return leg of her maiden deployment - here's an alternative look at the mission.

Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth is on her journey back to the UK after six months deployed leading the UK Carrier Strike Group.

The £3.2bn aircraft carrier has so far travelled more than 40,800 nautical miles.

Here's a look at HMS Queen Elizabeth's Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment in numbers, from eggs eaten and milk drank to the flying distance of F-35Bs.

A major part of the deployment has been the carrier projecting the Government's 'Global Britain' message.

It has seen HMS Queen Elizabeth and her accompanying vessels sail through 10 different time zones - engaging with at least 67 ambassadors, 63 foreign ministers and 40 nations.

Countries the formation has visited include Cyprus, Singapore, Japan and India.

Watch: What is it like scrambling F-35Bs from HMS Queen Elizabeth?

Another key cog of the deployment has been seeing what the on board multi-role F-35Bs, costing nearly £89m each, are capable of.

Since setting sail in May, the jets on the carrier have covered a distance equivalent to flying around the world at least 40 times and completed more than 3,000 deck landings - 1,000 of those by night.

To operate such a huge ship - 280m long and 70m wide to be exact - plus all the aircraft, it requires a lot of personnel (1,600) and they need food to keep them going.

The ship and her company have used more than 355,000 pints of milk and at least two million eggs during CSG21.