Capt. James Blackmore, commander of the air wing aboard the Queen Elizabeth, mentioned the final time US planes flew fight missions from a international plane service was in 1943, when American planes deployed from Britain’s HMS Victorious within the South Pacific.
The US F-35B jets flying in opposition to ISIS have been joined by related British warplanes in assist of the UK’s Operation Shader and US navy’s Operation Inherent Resolve.
US-designed F-35Bs are state-of-the-art stealth plane that may land vertically, enabling them to deploy on smaller warships than the large 100,000-ton Nimitz-class plane carriers which can be the spine of the US Navy’s fleet.
“The level of integration between Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and US Marine Corps is truly seamless, and testament to how close we’ve become,” Blackmore mentioned.
“The ability to operate from the sea with the most advanced fighter jets ever created is a significant moment in our history, offering reassurance to our allies and demonstrating the UK’s formidable air power to our adversaries,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace mentioned in a press release.
The service strike group is predicted to go to 40 nations throughout its deployment by means of the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean on the best way to the Pacific.
“To date we have delivered diplomatic influence on behalf of the UK through a series of exercises and engagements with our partners — now we are ready to deliver the hard punch of maritime-based air power against a shared enemy,” mentioned Commodore Steve Moorhouse, commander of the UK strike group.
“The involvement of HMS Queen Elizabeth and her air wing in this campaign also sends a wider message. It demonstrates the speed and agility with which a UK-led carrier strike group can inject fifth-generation combat power into any operation, anywhere in the world, thereby offering the British government, and our allies, true military and political choice,” Moorehouse mentioned.
Blackmore mentioned the British fight sorties from the service have been the primary by the UK because it participated in missions over Libya in 2011 throughout a NATO-led intervention into that nation’s civil conflict.
The British Defense Ministry describes Carrier Strike Group 21 as “the largest concentration of maritime and air power to leave the UK in a generation.” US and Dutch warships are additionally a part of the flotilla.