HMS Queen Elizabeth and its task force arrives in Guam.
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The Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its task force arrived in Guam today. The Carrier strike group (CSG21) arrived in the Naval Port of Guam as part of a series of multinational exercises that began last May.
The Royal aircraft carrier is captained by Commodore Steve Moorehouse who was interviewed by KUAM news upon arriving in Guam.
It’s a hugely important visit for us. This is Queen Elizabeth’s first deployment – a big focus of that is working here in the Pacific with partners and allies. What a better way to do that than to come to Guam and really demonstrate our global footprint?Commodore Steve Moorehouse.
The Commodore also mentioned that in the Indo-Pacific there will be a permanent Royal Navy presence.
From trade and commerce to how economies in this region are growing, we all want to behere, we all want to be participating in that. But it’s really important that there are rules and structures that we can all abide by such that that commerce can take place unhindered.Commodore Steve Moorehouse.
Recently, the carrier strike group CSG21 headed by HMS Queen Elizabeth transited through the South China Sea in a message of defiance to the Chinese government that is repeatedly harassing foreign ships that enter the sea. China claims practically the whole 1.3 million square miles of the sea and is building military bases on artifical islands in an attempt to reinforce its sovereignty claim. The UK has joined other countries in navigating through the South China Sea to carry out freedom of navigation operations also as a show of strength.