The Commander UK Carrier Strike Group (COMUKCSG) has been conducting transatlantic exercises in a bid to learn how to work as part of a combat force with the country’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is expected to arrive in Portsmouth, UK, later this year.
The COMUKCSG has recently undergone tests in war-fighting techniques that involved HMS Queen Elizabeth and 36 F-35B strike fighter jets.
UK Carrier Strike Group leading writer Natalie Brady said: “The exercise allowed me to experience firsthand how impressive carrier strike will be with all the cutting-edge technology in the ships and aircraft.”
In addition, personnel from the Royal Navy have participated in Fleet Synthetic Training exercises that are conducted for the US Navy carrier strike groups.
US carrier strike groups that include Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman have been working from the Maritime Composite Training System site at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire, UK.
They have worked in collaboration with ops room personnel from the British Navy’s HMS Dragon and HMS Richmond, which both played a major role in protecting the carrier.
As part of the previous exercises, command and warfare teams from HMS St Albans, Richmond and Diamond were also given a vital duty as primary anti-submarine, anti-surface and air missile defence commanders, working for CSG’s Information Warfare commander lieutenant colonel Oli Coryton and Strike Warfare commander lieutenant colonel Phil Kelly.
The three ships added a crucial element of realism to the exercise, as Type 45 destroyers and Type 23 frigates will function as escorts for both HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales in future.
Image: Type 45 air defence destroyer HMS Diamond. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.