Royal Navy

First F-35B lands aboard HMS Prince of Wales

For the first time, a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II has landed on the Royal Navy’s second and latest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales (R09), as the vessel conducts sea trials off England’s south coast

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CSG21: Task force integrates with allies in the Mediterranean

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group have integrated with allies for exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, during which the aircraft carrier’s embarked F-35B Lightning IIs conducted operations with French Fleet Air Arm-operated Rafale Ms

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CSG21: Task force departs on historic seven-month deployment

HMS Queen Elizabeth and the multinational task force that makes up Carrier Strike Group 21 have now departed the UK on the aircraft carrier’s maiden operational deployment, which will take the flotilla to Japan and back over the next seven months

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CSG21: Task force eyes first deployment as Strike Warrior concludes

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her task force have returned to HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, after concluding Exercise Strike Warrior – the final training event before the Carrier Strike Group sets sail on its maiden deployment to the Far East this weekend

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CSG21: USMC Ospreys embark on HMS Queen Elizabeth

A pair of USMC-operated Bell Boeing MV-22B Ospreys have landed on board the Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), to support the work-up effort ahead of the Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment

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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth works up Carrier Strike Group operations

As the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 21 works up operations in preparation for Exercise Strike Warrior and HMS Queen Elizabeth’s (R08) subsequent maiden global deployment, the aircraft on board have been honing their readiness skills

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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth departs on historic first deployment

The Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, departed from HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, on May 1 for a final test of its Carrier Strike Group, before continuing with the commencement of its historic maiden deployment

UPDATE: Hawk T1 fleet grounded following Cornwall crash

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the RAF has temporarily grounded its BAe Hawk T1 jet trainer fleet, after a Royal Navy example crashed during a routine flight from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall on March 25

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Your definitive guide to the UK's radical new defence review

Following a decade of defence cuts, the Integrated Review promised to set out the UK government’s vision of a “Global Britain”, while outlining future defence spending and the posture of the nation’s armed forces through 2030. But what radical changes will this involve? Key.Aero investigates…

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Lightnings Strike Twice!

One new Royal Navy aircraft carrier, two air forces, 15 F-35B Lightnings and 29 pilots took part in a fascinating North Sea deployment in October 2020