India, UK have busy calendar of engagements ahead

Pictured: UK Carrier Strike Group and Indian Naval Force in the Indian Ocean during Maritime Participation Exercise.


Today 21st July 2021, the Carrier Strike Group joined Indian Navy for a PhotEx. Carrier Strike Group consisting of HMS Queen Elizabeth, RFA Fort Victoria, HMS Richmond, HMS Kent, HNLMS Evertsen and USS The Sullivans and Indian Navy Forces consisting of INS Ranvir, INS Satpura, INS Kulish, and INS Jyoti.

CSG21 is participating in a Maritime Participation Exercise, a joint exercise with the Indian Military. The exercise will see units from CSG21 working with the Indian military, including HMS Queen Elizabeth operating with India Navy destroyers, Frigates and Corvettes. The exercise builds on existing UK-India partnerships promoting regional security and military cooperation.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the deployed flag ship for Carrier Strike Group 21(CSG21). CSG21 will see the ship along with the Strike Group work with over 40 countries from around the world. The Strike Group will operate and exercise with other Countries Navies and Air Forces during the 7 month deployment.

The Strike Group includes ships from the United States Navy, The Dutch Navy, and Marines from the US Marine Corps. As well as UK Frigates, Destroyers two RFA supply ships and air assets from 617 Sqn, 820 NAS, 815 NAS and 845 NAS. This will be the largest deployment of Fifth Generation Fighter Jets in history.