The United Kingdom’s flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is now placed under NATO command in a historic move that represents a critical step toward putting together a formidable force to defend the alliance’s borders.
NATO controlled HMS Queen Elizabeth and its tough task group, including destroyers, frigates, and F-35B Lightning jets. This change made it possible to form a strong task force covering a large region.
The core objectives of NATO’s mission are deterrence and defence of the Euro-Atlantic region; Neptune Strike, an enhanced vigilance execution, highlighted this commitment.
Declaring that this is the first time NATO has commanded a UK Carrier Strike Group in his memory, Commodore James Blackmore, Commander of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, underlined the importance of this day.
NATO currently commands three aircraft carriers: the Italian ITS Cavour in the North Sea, the Mediterranean Spanish ESP Juan Carlos, and the Italian HMS Queen Elizabeth in the North Sea.
These carriers are bringing together the most advanced forces to secure the alliance’s airspace, territory, and waterways.
NATO’s Naval and Striking Support Forces command and control 21 nations’ warships taking part in the Neptune Strike operation.
The Supreme Allied Commander Europe is in charge of this battle staff, which is in charge of quickly organising and carrying out operations as and when needed.
The drill reveals NATO’s enduring power and significance in carrying out its defensive responsibilities to the alliance.
As of today, November 10, the Neptune Strike is still in effect. The UK’s flagship is being deployed under NATO command to show the country’s commitment to the security of its partners and allies.
The ship will return to Royal Navy control after the operation is over or per UK requirements.
References- shape.nato, Royal Navy
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