United Kingdom Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will be sailing from the Mediterranean to the Philippine Sea, the Royal Family said in a Twitter post.
According to the post, “the aircraft carrier will cover 26,000 nautical miles in 28 weeks.”
Prior to HMS Queen Elizabeth’s maiden operational deployment, on May 22, Her Majesty The Queen visited the aircraft carrier and met of the 1,700 Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Royal Marines personnel, and 250 United States Marines preparing for the said deployment.
According to the Royal Navy, UK’s Carrier Strike Group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, will visit 40 nations including India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore in a deployment covering 26,000 nautical miles.
“Joining HMS Queen Elizabeth on her maiden deployment are destroyers HMS Diamond and Defender; frigates HMS Richmond and Kent; an Astute-class submarine in support below the waves; and Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring,” the Royal Navy said.
“More than 30 aircraft will also embark across the task group including F-35 jets from 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, and the US Marine Corps’ VMFA-211; Wildcat helicopters from 815 Naval Air Squadron and Merlin helicopters from 820 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons. Royal Marines from 42 Commando will also deploy with the carrier. Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen and American Arleigh Burke destroyer USS The Sullivans are also part of the strike group,” it added.