FB: The Band Of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth Welcomes HMS Queen Elizabeth On Her Return To HMNB Portsmouth

HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived back in Portsmouth this morning.
The Royal Navy carrier has spent the last couple of months across the pond in the east coast of America for Westlant 19. The trip saw British F-35B jets land on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time. The carrier was spotted off the British coast yesterday and today is also the first time she is docked alongside* her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales. Follow all the updates here in our live blog – you will have to refresh to see the latest updates.

* Ermm - Actually she's berthed forrard of the P of W and is also stbd side to alongside the wall.

Home is the Sailor(s), home from the sea...Is there honey still for tea?

04 December 2019

The bulk of the HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group today returned to their respective homes after three months in the USA.

Following HMS Dragon’s return to Portsmouth earlier this week, the aircraft carrier made her way into Portsmouth – where she was greeted by sister ship HMS Prince of Wales.

At the same time two of her escorts, HMS Northumberland and RFA Tideforce, returned to warm welcomes in Devonport. The ships’ flights made their way to their respective homes at RNAS Culdrose and Yeovilton.

The carrier strike group sailed from the UK in August to conduct operational tests with UK F-35 jets from the UK Lightning Force for the first time.

Supporting the strike group units throughout were Merlin helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron based out of RNAS Culdrose, providing anti-submarine protection and search-and-rescue (SAR) capability.

Commando Merlins from 845 Naval Air Squadron acted as the aviation workhorses, transporting stores and equipment, providing SAR cover and also landing Royal Marines from 42 Commando’s Lima Company to rehearse how to rescue downed pilots. Merlins from 814 NAS and Wildcat from 815 completed the air group.

The Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Captain Steve Moorhouse said: “Homecomings are always a special occasion, but to be returning to Portsmouth with HMS Prince of Wales welcoming us home makes this a particularly special occasion.

“This has been an extremely successful deployment for HMS Queen Elizabeth. Embarking UK F-35 Lightning jets for the first time and integrating them within the carrier strike group is a significant milestone and we are well set for an equally demanding 2020 and our first operational deployment in 2021.”

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