Next year will see the Queen Elizabeth Carrier Task Group set sail for the Indo-Pacific. This will be the culmination of years of planning efforts that officially started in 2016. Before delving into the ‘where’, ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’, some thoughts on what a Carrier Strike Task Group (CSTG) is from Commodore Steve Moorehouse, Commander UK Carrier Strike Group, who captured this recently:
“Carrier Strike offers Britain choice and flexibility on the global stage; it reassures our friends and allies and presents a powerful deterrent to would-be adversaries.”
In other words, HMS Queen Elizabeth and her escorts can conduct operations along the entire defence continuum. From diplomatic engagements to freedom of navigation, humanitarian aid, deterrence and, if necessary, high-level warfighting. It can do all this at range and with an unrivalled degree of autonomy.
Where to deploy
Imagine you are a military planner with an exciting new capability coming on-line and a chart of the world in front of you. You want to test the Royal Navy’s flagship, but not break it on the first outing.