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UK and US confirm joint participation in CSG’s 2021 deployment

19 Jan 2021 (Last Updated January 19th, 2021 15:12)

The UK and US have signed the joint declaration for the Carrier Strike Group's (CSG) 2021 deployment.

UK and US confirm joint participation in CSG’s 2021 deployment
The UK and US have confirmed their joint participation in the Carrier Strike Group’s 2021 deployment. Credit: Crown copyright.

The UK and US have signed the joint declaration for the Carrier Strike Group’s (CSG) 2021 deployment.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and US Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller co-signed the declaration.

The signing confirms their joint participation in the upcoming CSG deployment.

The US Navy and US Marine Corps (USMC) will join the UK Carrier Strike Group, led by flagship aircraft carrier ‘HMS Queen Elizabeth’, on its 2021 inaugural deployment.

This will include a detachment of USMC’s F-35B Lightning II jet and the US Navy’s ‘USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG-68)’ destroyer and staff.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “This joint declaration paves the way for the US Navy and Marine Corps to be joining the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group this year for the inaugural Carrier Strike 21 deployment.

“I am delighted that the UK now possesses a 21st century Carrier Strike capability, which has been greatly assisted by the unswerving support and cooperation of the United States at all levels over the past decade.

“This deployment embodies the strength of our bilateral ties and reflects the depth and breadth of this vital defence and security partnership.”

Last month, the new Carrier Strike Group achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC). It is the UK’s first CSG in 38 years.

The IOC was declared following a series of multi-national exercises throughout the last year.