British Royal Navy Strike Group is drilling with Oman, UAE in the Middle East


Shabab Oman II and HMS Queen Elizabeth on October 31, 2021. Royal Navy photo

KUALA LUMPUR – The UK’s Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG 21) is now in the Middle East on missions before returning home in December.

After CSG 21 completed its participation in an initial joint exercise with India last week, CSG 21 is in the Middle East conducting F-35 exercises with Oman and the United Arab Emirates Air Force in the Persian Gulf, according to a press release from the UK Ministry of Defense from October 25th. In addition to the Royal Navy of Oman, CSG 21 will also conduct maritime training.

The British Army will concurrently participate in exercises with units of the Royal Army of Oman who are connecting to the ship to demonstrate interoperability between land and naval forces, the press release said. Other elements of CSG 21 have completed their participation in the group, such as the American destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), which took off on October 19 and is now going home. Frigate HMS Kent (F78) recently made a replenishment stop in Sri Lanka and conducted an exercise with Sri Lanka’s OPV SLNS. by Samudura (P261), the former USCGC Brave. (WMEC-622), while Richmond has detached from the main body and is currently on a port visit in Pakistan.

Last week the British CSG completed a joint exercise with India called Konkan Shakti 21, which took place October 21-27 in two phases – a land phase between the British and Indian armies in Chaubatia, northern India and a combined sea and air exercise between of the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) with CSG 21 in the waters off the Konkan coast in the Arabian Sea. CSG 21 conducted exercise Konkan in the Bay of Bengal with the Indian Navy from July 21-22, before arriving in the Western Pacific.

Previously, the Indian Air Force carried out operations with CSG 21 on October 19 and 20, before CSG 21 docked in India for operational activities and the port phase of the exercise. In the sea and air phases of the exercise, which began on October 24 with CSG-21 ships, the aircraft carrier was HMS. involved Queen Elizabeth (R08), ​​destroyer HMS defender (D36), frigate HMS Richmond (F239), supply ship RFA Fort Victoria (A387), Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805) and the embarked aerial complement of the CSG 21 from F-35B fighters and Merlin and Wildcat helicopters. The Indian Navy participated with destroyers INS Calcutta (D63), INS Kochi (D64) and INS Chennai (D65), frigates INS Talwar (F40) and INS Tega (F45), supply ship INS Aditya (A59), a Scorpene-class submarine and Sea King 42B, Kamov-31 and Chetak helicopters and land-based MIG-29K combat aircraft, Dornier and P-8I sea patrol aircraft. The IAF aircraft deployed Jaguar fighter jets and SU-30 MKI fighters along with electronic attack, command and control aircraft and tankers.

The participating units have been split into two opposing forces with the aim of achieving maritime control for ground forces at a predetermined location, the Indian Ministry of Defense said in a press release last week.

A force led by the Indian Navy West Fleet consisted of the flagship Chennai, other warships of the Indian Navy and Richmond. The other force operated under Queen Elizabeth and consisted of the remaining ships of the CSG 21 and the Indian Navy.

The exercises of the two armed forces included approaches at sea, air guidance and attack operations with combat aircraft, which consisted of the MiG 29Ks and F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, as well as the cross-control of helicopters.

The armed forces also simulated the briefing of army troops, followed by the establishment of a joint command center. The two forces then rendezvous at sea with advanced aerial and underwater exercises.

The destroyer HMS diamond (D34) left Singapore last week after fixing technical issues preventing the ship from participating in the 50th anniversary exhibition of the Five Power Defense Arrangements on October 18. diamond had successfully completed his participation in the FPDA Bersama Gold exercise prior to the incident. In an answer to Parliament on October 27, whether there were technical malfunctions in the escorting destroyers of the Type 45 Queen Elizabeth endangered the safety of the carrier, said British Army Secretary James Heappey: “The Department of Defense regularly reviews the safety of the operations, both in the planning and in the operational phase. Prior to deployment, the number and type of escorts that make up the broader Carrier Strike Group for HMS Queen Elizabeth were carefully weighed against the planned maneuver. At no point during the deployment is HMS secure Queen Elizabeth were affected by technical errors at HMS diamond. “The supply ship RFA Tidal spring (A136) filled up diamond around October 30th and the two ships will likely now be en route to the main body of CSG 21 in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, submarine HMS Smart (S119), operated under CSG 21, arrived in Perth, Australia on Friday. The visit is likely related to the recent Australia-Great Britain agreement known as AUKUS on the development and acquisition of Australiag Nuclear submarines over the US and UK

In other developments, the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is in the South China Sea. Carrier Strike Group 1 consists of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW 2), cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and USS Shiloh (CG 67) and destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG-106). The strike group is conducting bilateral operations there with the helicopter destroyer JS. of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kaga (DDH 184), according to a US Navy press release released last week. However, the persecution on that date showed Kaga with his escort, destroyer JS Murasame (DD 101), which drives down the Straits of Malacca and passes the Straits of Singapore on October 26th. The JMSDF announced in a press release on Saturday that the two ships from 26.

Kaga and Murasam, with destroyer JS Shiranui (DD 120), but form the JMSDF Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021 (IPD21) Force Shiranui is operated separately from the other two ships. Shiranui recently completed a port call in Haiphong, Vietnam, from October 24th to 26th. It conducted a training exercise with the Vietnamese Navy patrol boat 266 in the waters around Haiphong last week. Before, on 19.-24. October, Shiranui joint training with the destroyer USS. carried out Higgins (DDG-76) in the South China Sea.

Destroyer JS Yudachi (DD 103) and coastal combat ship USS Jackson (LCS-6) also operated bilaterally in the South China Sea last week. According to a press release from 7.

Meanwhile, destroyer JS Akizuki (DD 115), which is on its way back to Japan after completing a Middle East mission, led with the destroyers USS. a joint training session in front of Okinawa Benfold (DDG-65) and HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41) on October 25th. Brisbane then docked at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka on October 30 for a replenishment stop. The Japanese Ministry of Defense announced on October 28 that the Australian frigate HMAS Warramunga (FFH152) is currently conducting surveillance and surveillance activities in the waters surrounding Japan against illegal maritime activities, including ship-to-ship transfers by North Korean flagged vessels, which are prohibited by United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Frigate of the German Navy Bavaria (F217) stationed in the region is also going to Japan. Bavaria previously made a port visit to Guam, where it was with Jackson and USS. practiced Tulsa (LCS-16) on October 18th before the port call.


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