HMS Queen Elizabeth has met up with the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and her carrier strike group off the coast of Scotland ahead of her first entry to Portsmouth, her homebase.
The Nimitz-class supercarrier has more than 60 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines on board, who have been working with their U.S. counterparts to hone carrier strike skills ahead of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s entry into service.
As well as the USS George HW Bush, the group includes two Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigates, HMS Westminster and HMS Iron Duke, destroyer USS Donald Cook, missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the Norwegian frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad.
The ships are taking part in a NATO exercise, called Exercise Saxon Warrior, with more than 15 ships, 100 aircraft and nearly 10,000 personnel.
The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced on Monday that Britain’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to enter her new home in Portsmouth in around two weeks.
Source: Royal Navy