Sea vessels

UK-Led Carrier Strike Group Completes Exercise Joint Warrior

Eleven nations, 6,000 personnel, 81 aircraft, 28 ships and two submarines have been taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior.

Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and her UK-led Carrier Strike Group have completed NATO's largest annual exercise.

HMS Queen Elizabeth's official Twitter account made the announcement on Wednesday morning.

The UK Carrier Strike Group was assembled for the first time last week in the North Sea for Exercise Joint Warrior.

It was described by the Royal Navy at the time as the largest and most powerful European-led maritime force in almost 20 years.

Two squadrons of F-35Bs embarked on the aircraft carrier for the exercise - the largest concentration of fighter jets to operate at sea from a Royal Navy carrier in almost 40 years.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, which costs more than £3bn and weighs 65,000 tonnes, is expected to deploy on operations for the first time in 2021.

Her deployment from Portsmouth to form the Carrier Strike Group was delayed last month following cases of coronavirus among her crew. 

Both Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, will require escorts in the form of Carrier Strike Groups when they deploy on operational duties.

Eleven nations, 6,000 personnel, 81 aircraft, 28 ships and two submarines have been taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior. 

Cover image: HMS Queen Elizabeth spearheading the Carrier Strike Group (Picture: HMS Queen Elizabeth/Twitter).