Britain’s deadliest fleet of warships in 20 years has gathered in the North Sea for a massive show of force against Russia and China.
The British Carrier Strike Group – plus warships, fighter jets, and helicopters from the US and the Netherlands – practiced for naval warfare.
At the center of the heavily armed flotilla is our largest warship to date, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, loaded with first-class American and British F-35B fighter jets.
The airline was the dream child of British politicians in the late 1990s, planned and built for 24 years and is now ready for its first major mission on the high seas next year.
She and nine other warships, 15 fighter jets, 11 helicopters and an incredible 3,000 soldiers from Great Britain, the USA and the Netherlands started the NATO exercise Joint Warrior.
RAF Rapid Alert Typhoon Hunters are on high alert if Russia uses its long-range bomber spy planes in the region to monitor the capabilities of the aircraft carrier.
It is also believed that British submarine surveillance boats and a British submarine could be used in the area to track down Russian underwater vehicles.
The strike group is the largest and most powerful European-led naval force in nearly two decades and aims to project Britain’s influence around the world in the face of growing threats.
The Royal Navy Commander Commodore Steve Moorhouse said:
“The new British Carrier Strike Group embodies British naval power and is at the heart of a modernized and encouraged Royal Navy.
“HMS Queen Elizabeth is protected by a ring of advanced destroyers, frigates, helicopters and submarines and equipped with fifth generation fighters. It can strike from the sea at a time and place of our choice. and with our NATO allies by our side, we will be ready to fight and win in the most difficult of circumstances.
“Carrier Strike offers the UK choice and flexibility on the global stage. It calms our friends and allies and provides a powerful deterrent to potential adversaries. “
The Carrier Strike Group includes NATO’s most advanced destroyers – the Royal Navy’s HMS Diamond and HMS Defender Type 45 and the US Navy Arleigh Burke-class USS The Sullivans, as well as the frigates HMS Northumberland and HMS Kent from Great Britain and the HNLMS Evertsen from the Netherlands Marine.
In addition to protecting Queen Elizabeth-class carriers from enemy ships, submarines, planes and missiles, you will conduct a range of support missions, from maritime safety to disaster relief.
Two support vessels of the UK’s Royal Fleet, RFA Tideforce and RFA Fort Victoria, will provide fuel, food, spare parts and ammunition to enable continued operations from the sea.
Commander Vince Owen, in command of HMS Defender, said, “Providing air and missile defense to a Carrier Strike Group is exactly what the HMS Defender and Type 45 were designed for.
“Having previously assisted the French aircraft carrier FGS Charles de Gaulle in its fight against Islamic State in 2015 and more recently part of the USS Abraham Lincoln Task Group when it crossed the Strait of Hormuz last year, HMS is exciting integrate defenders into the UK-led Carrier Strike Group for the first time.
“The men and women who make up my shipping company are motivated and ready to take the next phase of our training in preparation for serving with the Carrier Strike Group next year.”