British aircraft carrier on its first mission
The queen said goodbye to “Queen Elizabeth”
On Saturday evening, “Queen Elizabeth” left Portsmouth for her first 28-week mission to Japan. Earlier, Queen Elizabeth II was aboard the new aircraft carrier.
His Majesty came to the port to meet the ship’s crew and to send them off. Prime Minister Johnson was also visiting Coolie a day earlier.
The 65,000-ton aircraft carrier has recently undergone rigorous training to ensure that it and its accompanying ships on a world tour are ready for any eventuality. After practice on the Scottish coast, the ships of the Carrier Strike Group were disbanded for some time before leaving for their mission.
The UK’s Career Strike Group will travel to more than five of the world’s 40 countries, including India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, covering 26,000 nautical miles in the process.
The group will also participate in exercises with the French aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle” in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as navies and aircraft from allies such as the US, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan and United. Arab Emirates.
In the Pacific, ships from the Carrier Strike Group are participating in the Bersama Lima exercise to mark the 50th anniversary of the five-power defense agreement between Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
More than 30 aircraft and helicopters are on board, including F-35 jets of 617 squadron “dumbsters” and VMFA-211 of the US Marine Corps; Wildcat helicopters of 815 Naval Air Squadron and Merlin helicopters of 820 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons. The Royal Marines of 42 commandos are also stationed along with the aircraft carrier.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is supported on its maiden mission by destroyers HMS Diamond and Defender, frigates HMS Richmond and Kent, an Astute-class submarine and support ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring. Dutch warship HNLMS Everson and American Earle Burke destroyer USS The Sullivan are also part of the task force.