The Ministry of Defence has announced a British F-35 pilot flying from HMS Queen Elizabeth ejected during a routine sortie in the Mediterranean at around 1000 UK time today. Here summarise events and add some perspective to this unfortunate news.More
30 live interceptions of armed Russian jets during carrier group aircraft operations in the Mediterranean
More details of interactions with Russian forces in June were revealed by the Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group this week.
The UK Carrier Strike Group arrived in the North Pacific in early August. This photo and video essay covers the activities of the group during the subsequent 5 weeks. More
After just over two weeks of conducting missions against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, the ships of the Carrier Strike group dispersed to ports in the eastern Mediterranean for a series of visits.
On the morning of Sunday 20th June, two F-35 Jets flying from HMS Queen Elizabeth took off to conduct missions against Daesh in Syria and Iraq. This was the first strike mission from a Royal Navy vessel since the operations against Colonel Gadaffi in Libya during 2011.More
In preparation for the forthcoming deployment, the Carrier Strike Group participated in a much-changed version of the biannual Joint Warrior exercise, renamed Strike Warrior, off North West Scotland. This provided an opportunity to work up the group as well as operate with NATO partners.
HMS Queen Elizabeth and the UK Carrier Strike Group are due to set sail in late May. Here we outline the geographical and practical aspects of what is known about this landmark, 26,000-mile operational deployment.