The UK Carrier Strike Group has carried out a vertical replenishment, distributing 25 tonnes of supplies from Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Tidespring.
This included fresh provisions and essential stores, such as F-35B spares and two tonnes of mail.
It is the "first time in living memory" a UK strike group has carried out such a heavy vertical replenishment, according to Commodore Steve Moorhouse.
A little timelapse from a big VERTREP! 🚁— HMS Queen Elizabeth🇬🇧 (@HMSQNLZ) July 28, 2021
Stores are for storing, the Loggies loved it! They got 65 pallets, roughly 25 tonnes of food, spares and mail.📦✉️👍
Thanks to wider #CSG21 teams for supporting @RFATidespring@1700NAS@845NAS@820NAS@RFAHeadquarterspic.twitter.com/DIDZTPwpar
The Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, tweeted that completing "such a feat of self-sustainment while operating 8,000 miles from home", and simultaneously launching F-35B jets "is all the more remarkable".
He added in his tweet it is "just another day's work for the world-class logisticians" under his command.
It comes after the Carrier Strike Group passed through the Singapore Strait, having previously completed exercises with the Indian, Malaysian and Thai navies.
This included Exercise Konkan, which saw the Royal Navy work with the Indian Navy on a number of maritime drills.
Cover image: Carrier Strike Group completes vertical replenishment, distributing 25 tonnes of supplies between Royal Navy and partner ships (Picture: Commander UK Carrier Strike Group/Twitter).