Thousands shake off British aircraft carriers prior to Indo-Pacific deployment


Thousands of applicants filled the walls of the harbor, and Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail for exercises and the first operational deployment to the Far East.

A £ 3 billion ($ 4 billion) aircraft carrier departed Portsmouth Harbor, cheering from a crowd that filled walls and beaches.

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The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will pass through the Round Tower as it leaves HMNB Portsmouth for exercises off Scotland before heading to the Indo-Pacific region on May 1, 2021. (PA)

The wish shook the Union Flag and raised a flag to say goodbye to loved ones in the sea for about seven months.

A fleet of small boats was also lined up to see the giant ships sailing towards Sorrento.

The crew of a 65,000-ton warship lined up on the flight deck, and Piper was playing on top of the “ski ramp” at the front of the ship.

At the beginning of Saturday, two destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, and a frigate HMS Kent also departed from Portsmouth. These are also part of the nine carrier strike groups (CSG).

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The Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond, part of the Carrier Strike Group 21 mission, prior to the departure of HMS Queen Elizabeth for exercises off Scotland before heading to the Indo-Pacific region on May 1. Depart from Portsmouth Naval Base in Hampshire. 2021. (PA)

CSG will participate in an Exercise Strike Warrior off the coast of Scotland before heading to the Indo-Pacific region.

Exercises that reflect various crisis and conflict situations include 1,500 ground troops in military areas across the country and in maritime exercise areas off the west and north coasts.

Australia joins NATO member states of the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland, and joins 34 naval forces.

HMS Queen Elizabeth and CSG will be deployed shortly after the Strike Warrior is completed.

Equipped with eight RAFs and ten U.S. Marine Corps F35B stealth fighters, the carrier will be headed to Asia with six Royal Navy vessels, submarines, 14 Navy helicopters, and a Royal Navy company. depart.

CSGs visiting India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore include the US destroyer USS Sullivans and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen.

A total of 3,700 seafarers, aviators and marines are involved in the deployment covering 25,000 nautical miles.

Admiral Stephen Moorehaus told PA News Agency: “This is an amazing ability, and pulling it out with an international partner is a real statement that the Royal Navy is very much involved in the Premier League.

“With this deployment, we will work with key partners in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Indo-Pacific, where the Royal Navy operates on the world stage and politicians deem appropriate. It shows that he has the ambition to do. “

Colonel Simon Doran, senior US representative of the CSG, said the deployment had been planned for more than a decade.

“It not only sends messages to potential enemies, but also to our allies to strengthen them when needed, we are there, we are usually always We fight together, so deploying together really helps to strengthen our relationship, “he said.

Ben Mitchell

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