The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has met up with a US carrier group on exercise as the British vessel continues sea trials. More than 60 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines are on board the USS George HW Bush honing their carrier strike skills ahead of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s entry into service. During the exercise UK staff have been working with their American counterparts to fight off a series of simulated threats from enemy forces, using all the air, surface and sub-surface assets of the entire task group.
Commodore Andrew Betton, Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, and his team have been directing jets and firepower for the last ten days as they practise their skills.
The £3 billion HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy, set sail for the first time in June from Rosyth in Fife and is due to enter her new home in Portsmouth in around two weeks. Captain Jerry Kyd, her Commanding Officer, said: ‘The USS George HW Bush battle group is an awesome embodiment of maritime power projection. HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is set to be the nation’s future flagship, and her 700-strong ship’s company have been taking part in maiden sea trials over the summer. Read more on this story here.