Royal Navy marks return to Carrier Strike Operations with US and Dutch allies

Dominic Nicholls – The Daily Telegraph Oct 6, 2020

HMS Queen Elizabeth. Click to enlarge

The Royal Navy’s new Carrier Strike Group has assembled for the first time, marking a return to carrier-based operations.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is at the centre of the nine-ship group which also includes 15 fighter jets, 11 helicopters and 3,000 personnel from the UK, US and the Netherlands.

The deployment, currently in the North Sea, will culminate in Scotland where the maritime group will operate alongside army and RAF personnel on a joint exercise.

China’s DF-21 missile, reportedly capable of sinking large aircraft carriers like the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Click to enlarge

The strike group is the largest and most powerful European-led maritime force in almost 20 years. The Carrier Strike Group includes Nato’s most sophisticated destroyers: the Royal Navy’s Type 45s HMS Diamond and HMS Defender and US Navy Arleigh Burke-class USS The Sullivans.

Frigates HMS Northumberland and HMS Kent from the UK and the Dutch Navy’s HNLMS Evertsen are also on the exercise:

Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike group. Click to enlarge

The Royal Navy has said it will formally declare “initial operating capability” by the end of this year, meaning the carrier strike group can be used in action for the first time. The first operational deployment is still planned for 2021.

As part of the first mission, HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to lead the group on “freedom of navigation” passages through international waters in the South China Sea. Recent years have seen China acting more assertively in the region by declaring sole ownership of the areas; claims disputed by many in the region and around the world.

Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander UK Carrier Strike Group, said: “The new UK Carrier Strike Group is the embodiment of British maritime power, and sits at the heart of a modernised and emboldened Royal Navy.

“Protected by a ring of advanced destroyers, frigates, helicopters and submarines, and equipped with fifth generation fighters, HMS Queen Elizabeth is able to strike from the sea at a time and place of our choosing; and with our Nato allies at our side, we will be ready to fight and win in the most demanding circumstances.

“Carrier Strike offers Britain choice and flexibility on the global stage; it reassures our friends and allies and presents a powerful deterrent to would-be adversaries.”



11 responses to “Royal Navy marks return to Carrier Strike Operations with US and Dutch allies”

  1. The Royal Navy does not have the capability to operate a carrier strike group on its own. The first line of this Daily Telegraph fake news story is an outright lie. When they get to the South China Sea, I doubt China will do the right thing which is such a shame. But this does explain why MI6 exported Covid-19 & why Western powers are gearing up for a hot WW3.

  2. Pathetic ! It will be gone in seconds !

  3. The UK government may find if it involves itself in another of America’s aggressive wars the British people may resist the draft (as not enough will volunteer for it), and so it will have to defeat the British people on Britain’s streets before it can send them to make war abroad. This may be the war Einstein spoke of when he said people just shouldn’t show up for it.

  4. A salvo of these new ultra fast missiles would soon see this ship follow HMS HOOD to Davy Jones Locker.

    Unless new weapons (like lazers) have been developed to shoot them down

    But it is more likely the fate of battleships of old…superseded by aircraft carriers.Thats why the Elders of Zion shipped the aircraft carriers in Pearl Harbour out to sea in preparation for the Japanese aerial attack……
    However one British and one American aircraft carrier going down would certainly get the public onside for war.
    Remember the elite Jews plan to invade and occupy BOTH Lebanon AND Syria….as per the Greater Israel plan….they can only do this under cover of another conflagration….
    When that happens….even the stupidest person MUST confront the reality that Jewish bankers DO START WARS and endeavour to run BOTH SIDES.

    Americans need to sharpen up their rifle shootin’ down on the range….but those Barretts ain’t so easy to handle….

  5. This is a joke, RIGHT? The RN could not fight its way out of a wet paper bag. We saw that in the Falklands war. The UK had to use a cruise ship as a troop transport. If the Argentinian’s weaponry had functioned properly, many more RN ships would have been sunk or heavily damaged.

  6. They can’t even stop illegal immigrants crossing the channel in dinghies…

  7. “Cruise ships” were used to transport troops across the Atlantic ww2.

    British troops defeated Argentinian troops on the ground in the Falklands…..considering the huge distances involved they did very well….the British nuclear sub helped bottle up the Argentinian navy making it ineffectual.
    And Prince Andrew was heroically flying choppers as a defence against missiles.Infact the truth of the matter of this particular incident had him placed well out of harm’s way…
    One thing is for sure Margaret Thatchler sure as hell benefitted from this war without which she would never have been reelected….which raises the suspicion that this was a war designed by the elite.
    Thatchlers electorate in NW London crammed full of Jews…including the ones that dress up in undertakers suits (appropriately) and crypto jew entertainers and luvvies.

  8. It’s cheaper to loose an aircraft carrier than to salvage them. China lacks battle experience. Paper Tiger.

  9. Thanks, all, for your insights on this “news”. You share my concerns about how many people in England are really all for this “carrier strike group”…… As an American I’ve noted with alarm the ever increasing costs of USN aircraft carriers over the years (something like $13B for a “Nimitz” class vessel??)– meanwhile here in the States the number of homeless and hungry is now in the millions. They are defending a nation of paupers.
    I am also very curious about how a hypersonic weapon could be shot down, especially one with decoys, or, if there were several incoming at once. At that speed, wouldn’t the bloody thing be like an incoming meteor, on top of you before you even see it?? Even with some kind of advanced laser defensive system, how would the laser deal with the sheer momentum of the incoming Mach 5 missiles? Comments, please.

  10. They’re sacrificial lambs…. If China puts them on the bottom the war cry’s will be deafening.
    Fighting a highly industrialized country like China is suicide,,, nukes or not.
    Remember ,,, China isn’t locked down. They have a real economy. Just a warning.

  11. @Chad In reality there is no counter measure to hypersonic missiles, because at those speeds they just need to carry their momentum without any payload to destroy anything they hit at such speeds!

    I spoke to a former Army guy in the UK a few years back and he told me about rounds (I think he was talking about sabbot) that pierced the enemy tanks at hypersonic speeds, they were designed to only be kinetic, but once they pierced through a tank, they would cause a vaccume so great upon their exit of the tank, that the soldiers inside would be sucked out the opposite side of the tank (kind of like in the Alien 4 movie, at the end with the hybrid alien, gross). But anyway I digress.

    There is no way that a laser can stop a ton of metal hurtling at 7000mph plus, unless it was powerful enough to vaporise it, but the sheer amount of energy to create such a laser would be far beyond even the nuclear reactors of ground based power plants, forget about being remotely anywhere near in the aircraft or submarine nuclear plants.

    Which is why the US had planned (and probably already has implemented) tungsten rods (rod of God they call it) dropped from near Earth orbit onto any target they deem fit, the sheer weight and kinetic impact from the speed of such a dense metal rod, would be far greater than a modern nuke, also the pentration power would ensure even undground facilites would have no hope of surviving if directly hit.

    Finally given the speeds of hypersonic missiles, any systems that in theory could counter them, would have milliseconds to lock on and react to the missile/s, but then your talking vs one missile, what happens when as you say, there are a few dozen incoming (since they cost a few thousand each vs millions and even billions for the aircraft and naval assets the modern militaries are so reliant upon…) Unless there are multiple systems (which most naval craft only have one phalanx, so why would they have multiple anti hypersonic defences?) the missiles would win!