UK, US Aircraft Carriers Meet off Scottish Coast During Exercises - Royal Navy

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

The UK aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth met up with the US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush, which is now participating in multilateral drills off the coast of Scotland, the Royal Navy said in a press release on Tuesday.

During the exercise United Kingdom 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.

The UK Carrier Strike Group has been directing jets, firepower and personnel across the task group for the last ten days to ensure full readiness for the UK's own carrier strike capability.

"A great opportunity to break from Contractor Sea Trials to have an early morning PHOTEX [photographic exercise] with USS George H.W. Bush & her taskgroup", the official Twitter account of HMS Queen Elizabeth said.

Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 is taking place from August 1-10 and includes about 6,000 USA sailors, along with service members from Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

A total of 15 ships from across North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are taking part in the exercise, the Royal Navy noted, with more than 100 aircraft and some 10,000 people involved.

The ships participating in the exercises include the HMS Westminster and HMS Iron Duke, US destroyer Donald Cook, missile cruiser Philippine Sea and the Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad, the release said.

In just two weeks' time, the most powerful warship ever built for Britain's famous Royal Navy is set to sail into her proud new home in Portsmouth.

Weather conditions mean the exact date of the historic moment is yet to be confirmed, the window for entry will open next Thursday 17 August, with her arrival expected to be no later than the following Tuesday 22 August.

Lieutenant Commander James Capps, a Royal Navy fixed wing pilot who is the Fixed Wing Operations Officer on the exercise, said: "We are extremely fortunate".

The 65,000t HMS Queen Elizabeth and its sister carrier HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by UK-based Aircraft Carrier Alliance.

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.

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