The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) and the British Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) have carried out a photo exercise (PHOTOEX).
The exercise has been performed along with the US Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Tide-class replenishment tanker RFA Tidespring (A136).
DDG 1001 commanding officer captain Scott Smith said: “While we remembered our long alliance together, this day was also about the future.
“This was the 21st century fleet, our nations, both forged from the sea, generate power literally and figuratively; and I cannot think of a more striking example of that force.”
The exercise involved a series of coordinated tactical manoeuvres and provided the two navies with the opportunity to work in.
Smith added: “The rendezvous provided a unique opportunity to practice our seamanship skills. We thank our shipmates in Lassen for coordinating the exercise and the Royal Navy for the opportunity to come alongside.”
The PHOTOEX has been conducted to support the strong bilateral relationship between the UK and the US, as well as their navies.
Michael Monsoor PHOTOEX deck officer lieutenant commander Omar Garcia said: “This was a truly exciting opportunity to practice advanced manoeuvres with our international allies.
“To have these two new warships working together just made the experience that much better.”
The second ship of the Zumwalt-class fleet, DDG 1001 features an integrated power system (IPS) capable of generating approximately 78MW to support propulsion and ship services.
The 65,000t British aircraft carrier also features electric propulsion and has a flight deck of approximately 4.5 acres to accommodate helicopters and the F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter.