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Twenty warships, three submarines and 150 aircraft have taken part in a UK-led multi-national military exercise off the west coast to test the UK Carrier Strike Group’s response to a range of crisis and conflict situations.
Designed to push the Carrier Strike Group to the limits and ensure its readiness for any situation during this year’s seven-month global deployment, Exercise Strike Warrior 21 provided the largest and most demanding assessment it has so-far faced.
Military assets from 10 different nations took part in the exercise off the coast of North West Scotland, which saw ships from a range of partner nations deploy a range of advanced threats against the group.
Following the exercise, the UK’s two aircraft carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales – met each other at sea for the first time.
HMS Prince of Wales, front, and HMS Queen Elizabeth pictured at sea for the first time when they met up off the north-west coast of Scotland for the exercise. Photograph: Crown copyright. NO F22 HMS QNLZ and HMS POW2 (Crown copyright)