Massive military exercise takes place off Scotland’s west coast

HMS Prince of Wales (front) and HMS Queen Elizabeth pictured at sea for the first time. Photograph: Crown copyright. NO F22 HMS QNLZ and HMS POW2 (Crown copyright)
HMS Prince of Wales (front) and HMS Queen Elizabeth pictured at sea for the first time. Photograph: Crown copyright. NO F22 HMS QNLZ and HMS POW2 (Crown copyright)

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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.

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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)