Russian fighters and warships encounter British aircraft carriers

Russian fighters and warships encounter British aircraft carriers 3
Russian fighters and warships encounter British aircraft carriers 3

Colonel James Blackmore, commander of the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier strike group, said that on June 20, two F-35B fighters were ordered to take off from the aircraft carrier to attack Islamic State (IS) rebels.

After discovering the Russian fighter squadron, the Queen Elizabeth combat group quickly mobilized two more F-35Bs to review the situation.

British defense sources said Russian forces `operated continuously` with a variety of assets, including a Grigorovich-class corvette on the surface, while submarines monitored the route of the British aircraft carrier battle group.

F-35B fighter took off from the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in the eastern Mediterranean on June 21.

`This is the first time the F-35 has been deployed to the Mediterranean, so Russia wants to come and look at this fighter. Russia also wants to see the British aircraft carrier and learn how we operate the warship. This

Blackmore said he believes that `there is always a Russian military plane coming and doing reconnaissance` when the Queen Elizabeth combat group carries out a deployment with a voyage of more than 48,000 km.

`This includes more than just the use of 5th generation multi-role fighters,` Blackmore said.

On June 22, US defense officials said that F-35B fighters of the US Marine Corps and British Air Force launched from the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier to attack IS as part of the US Uprooting campaign.

The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier strike group left Portsmouth port to depart for Asia on May 22 to the Mediterranean.

On this first voyage, the warship was escorted by a destroyer, a corvette, a submarine and two British support ships, along with the American destroyer USS The Sullivans and the Dutch corvette HNLMS Evertsen.

Russian fighters and warships encounter British aircraft carriers

Forces and expected itinerary of the British aircraft carrier group.

The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was started construction in July 2009 and launched 5 years later at a cost of more than 4.5 billion USD, and was commissioned into the British Navy in December 2017.

The ship has a displacement of 65,000 tons, is 280 m long, can carry about 65 aircraft of all types including F-35B fighters and naval helicopters, equipped with 3 Phalanx close-range defense complexes and 6 gun clusters.

The battleship was named after Queen Elizabeth I, who lived in the 16th-17th centuries, who led the British navy to defeat the Spanish fleet in the naval battle of Gravelines.

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