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The British Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has reached an important milestone before its first operational deployment this year

The HMS Queen Elizabeth has reached initial operational readiness (IOC) Crown Copyright

The CSG has reached Initial Operating Capability (IOC), which means that all elements of the group, from fighter jets to radar systems to anti-ship weapons, have been successfully brought together and operated

Both the air and naval elements of the CSG have reached this milestone This includes skilled pilots and ground crews detained on short notice for carrier-based operations and trained in weapon handling and equipment maintenance

Another indicator of success at this stage is the ability to deploy anti-submarine capabilities such as frigates and destroyers, as well as fixed and rotary wing aircraft including Merlin helicopters, for deployment alongside the carrier

This is an extremely important milestone for HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy and the whole country.This achievement is testament to the determination of our service personnel and industry to produce this world-class military capability possessed by only a handful of nations
I wish the entire Carrier Strike Group a good start before their first operational deployment this year

Following the success of NATO’s joint warrior exercises last fall, the Carrier Strike Group’s capability has reached the crucial IOC milestone for the program on time

The multinational operation in 2020 focused on engaging all elements of the CSG with 13 allies of the United Kingdom including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and the United States Exercise Joint Warrior saw the largest number of aircraft on a carrier in the British Royal Navy since 1983, as well as the most F-35B jets at sea worldwide

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Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/carrier-strike-group-hits-important-milestone