I know the cloggies have slated a frigate to join the QE on her first cruise - I also seem to recall them saying this may become a permanent commitment (trying to find a source for that last bit with no joy).If the CSG is in the SCS or Gulf, and a load of SSNs appear out of the Barents, it will take them weeks to transit back to NATO waters, by which stage, the threat will be elsewhere. Recent stats have demonstrated just how thin RN escort - and related - capacity is stretched and I really think someone needs to take a reality pill.
Use of coalition allies to back fill is fine...right up to the point where their national priorities are not aligned with ours...as has been proved with MPA support over the last decade.
I would also imagine if the USMC are flying off her then an Arleigh Burke might be along for the trip too.
The announcement by the RN in UKDJ seems to fly in the face of previous statements (specifically the Dutch).
The Netherlands became the first UK ally to announce it would send a warship to join the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on her first operational deployment in 2021. The announcement was made on October 24 during the visit of the King and Queen of the Netherlands to Downing...
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