Indo-pacific Region: Warships

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with what countries the carrier strike group has had (a) engagements and (b) military exercises to date; and what those engagements and military exercises were.

Answered on

16 December 2021

The table below sets out the countries and/or overseas territories that the UK Carrier Strike Group has interacted with during the 2021 deployment. This also includes activity undertaken by our Integrated Partners, the Netherlands and United States.

Country/ Overseas Territory

Engagement

Military Exercise

Australia

N/A

Passing Exercise (PASSEX), air interaction, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD. (Five Powers Defence Arrangements Exercise hosted by Malaysia with participants from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.) Maritime Partnership Exercise (with US and Japan). Press Release

Bahrain

Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group. Press Release

N/A

Bangladesh

Port Visit to Chattogram. Press Release

PASSEX with the Bangladeshi Navy, training with Bangladesh Special Forces. Press Release

British Indian Ocean Territory

Port Visit to Diego Garcia.

N/A

Brunei

Port Visit to Bandar Seri Begawan.

N/A

Cambodia

Virtual Defence Engagement.

N/A

Canada

N/A

Exercise PACIFIC CROWN (Pacific Ocean) South China Sea navigation in company.

Cyprus

Port Visit to Limassol and Larnaca.

N/A

Djibouti

Port Visit to Djibouti and support to Allied Appreciation Fly Past. Press Release

N/A

Egypt

Port Visit to Alexandria, Defence Engagement.

N/A

France

N/A

Exercises Atlantic Trident (North Atlantic) and Gallic Strike (Mediterranean). Press Release

Georgia

Port Visit to Batumi.

At sea PASSEX with the Georgian Navy.

Gibraltar

Port Visit and hosted reception at sea.

N/A

Greece

Port Visit to Piraeus and Souda.

N/A

Guam

Port visit to Guam.

N/A

India

Port Visit to Goa and Mumbai. Defence Engagement

Maritime Participation Exercise in the Indian Ocean. Press Release Exercise Konkan Shakti. Press Release

Indonesia

Port visit to Jakarta and Virtual Defence Engagement.

At sea PASSEX with the Indonesian Navy.

Iraq

Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

N/A

Israel

Port Visit to Haifa.

Exercise Falcon Strike and Exercise Tri-Lightning (both in the Mediterranean).

Italy

Port Visit to Augusta, Messina and Taranto. Defence Engagement, including a trilateral meeting between the UK, Italy and Turkey which was hosted by the Secretary of State for Defence. Press Release Co Host – North Atlantic Council Defence Engagement.

Exercise Falcon Strike, transit in western Mediterranean. Press Release Cross Deck of F35 between ITS CAVOUR and HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. Press Release

Japan

Port visits to Sasebo, Yokosuka, Funakoshi. Reception and capability demonstration.

Exercise PACIFIC CROWN (Pacific Ocean), quad carrier exercise (with two carriers from the USA, one from Japan and HMS Queen Elizabeth), South China Sea navigation in company. Maritime Partnership Exercise (with US and Australia). Passing Exercise in Indian Ocean. Press Release Press Release

Jordan

Port Visit to Aqaba and participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

16 Air Assault Brigade Joint Theatre Entry Exercise. Press Release

Kenya

Port Visit to Mombasa. Defence Engagement supported by the Minister for the Armed Forces.

Exercise with Kenyan Armed Forces. Press Release

Kuwait

Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

N/A

Malaysia

N/A

PASSEX, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD.

Malta

Port Visit to Valletta.

N/A

Montenegro

Port visit to Bar, Reception and Capability Demonstration. Defence Engagement, including an event led by Minister of State (Lords). Press Release Press Release

N/A

Netherlands

Integrated Partner.

Integrated Partner.

New Zealand

Not Applicable.

South China Sea Transit in company, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD.

Oman

Port Visit to Duqm and Muscat which included Defence Engagement led by the Secretary of State for Defence. Press Release Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

Exercise KHANJAR OMAN and Maritime exercises with the Omani military. Press Release

Pakistan

Port Visit to Karachi.

Bilateral training exercise with the Pakistani Navy.

Portugal

Port Visit to Lisbon.

N/A

Qatar

Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

N/A

Republic of Korea

Defence Engagement – at sea reception and capability demonstration.

Search and rescue exercise. Press Release

Romania

Port Visit to Constanta.

N/A

Saudi Arabia

Port Visit to Jeddah and Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

At sea PASSEX with the Royal Saudi Navy.

Singapore

Port visit to Sembawang. Reception and capability demonstration.

PASSEX including some limited air exercising, participation in Exercise BERSAMA GOLD. Press Release Press Release

Spain

Port Visit to Alicante, Cartagena, Palma, Barcelona, La Coruna, and Rota.

F-35B Participation in Tactical Leadership programme (TLP).

Sri Lanka

Port Visit to Colombo.

Search and Rescue Exercise with the Sri Lankan Navy.

Thailand

Virtual Defence Engagement.

Co-ordinated maritime manoeuvres. Press Release

Turkey

Port Visit to Istanbul, with Defence Engagement, including a trilateral meeting between the UK, Italy and Turkey which was hosted by the Secretary of State for Defence. Press Release Press Release

N/A

United Arab Emirates

Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

Air support to Advanced Training and Leadership Course (ATLC).

Ukraine

Port Visit to Odessa, with Defence Engagement led by the Minister for Defence Procurement. Press Release

At sea PASSEX with the Ukrainian Navy.

United States of America

Integrated Partner.

Further to being an Integrated Partner, the Carrier Strike Group interacted with additional US assets in dual, tri and quad carrier exercises. Press Release Press Release

Vietnam

Port Visit to Da Nang and virtual Defence Engagement.

At sea PASSEX with the Vietnamese Navy.

NATO*

At-sea NATO Ambassadorial visit, hosted by the Minister for Defence Procurement, and capability demonstrations. Press Release

Exercise Steadfast Defender (North Atlantic), Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 – Operation Sea Guardian (Mediterranean). Press Release Press Release

*Whilst not a country, assets from the UK Carrier Strike Group also participated in NATO-led military exercises and engagements.


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