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PORTSMOUTH HOSTS US CARRIER STRIKE GROUP AHEAD OF MULTINATIONAL EXERCISE

‹ Return to Portsmouth Hosts US Carrier Strike Group Ahead of Multinational Exercise

USS George Bush Carrier Strike Group visits Portsmouth 270717

The USS George HW Bush and elements of her carrier strike group – the USS Philippine Sea, USS Donald Cook and Norwegian ship HNoMS Helge Insgstad are on the final leg of their deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Global Coalition’s fight against ISIS.

The Nimitz-class carrier has UK personnel on board as part of the UK-US Long Lead Specialist Skills Programme which qualifies them in US carrier operations in preparation for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth and the UK’s own carrier strike capability.

Also embarked is Commander UK Carrier Strike Group Commodore Andrew Betton and his team for Exercise Saxon Warrior 17 – a joint maritime exercise that will focus how the two nations work together during a number of challenging scenarios around the UK coastline.

Image taken by Lphot Dave Jenkins, FRPUE, Royal Navy

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