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 F-35B aircraft on the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth as she transits through the Suez Canal
HMS Queen Elizabeth.
HMS Queen Elizabeth sails through the Suez Canal.

RAF personnel onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth have enjoyed the experience of sailing through the Suez Canal.

“Transiting through the Suez Canal has been one of the highlights of the Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment so far and something I would never have expected to do when I joined the RAF.  I’m now looking forward to the next phase of the deployment and seeing parts of world I’ve never been to before.”

Squadron Leader Magill
RAF Physiotherapist, HMS Queen Elizabeth’s medical team

Typhoons on the HMS Queen Elizabeth, with ground crew.
Normal activity sees aircraft embark on Operations, landing and taking off from HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Officially opened on 17th November 1869, the Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.  The 193km (120mile) canal separates the African continent from Asia and is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes.

UK Carrier Strike Group in convoy (led by USS The Sullivans (DDG-68)) as they transit through the Suez Canal

HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the two largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy, is leading a British and allied task group on the UK’s most ambitious global deployment for two decades, visiting the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific.  RAF personnel onboard have to date had a busy time which has included flying operational sorties over Iraq, training with NATO allies and partners, and a port visit to Cyprus.

Ships from various NATO nations taking part in EX STEADFAST DEFENDER. NATO STANDING MARITIME GROUPS WITH CARRIER STRIKE GROUP HMS Queen Elizabeth and the UK Carrier Strike Group joined ships from NATO Standing Maritime Groups One and Two for an impressive display of maritime power in the Eastern Atlantic on 28 May 2021.
UK Carrier Strike Group in convoy (led by USS The Sullivans (DDG-68)) as they transit through the Suez Canal
Typhoons on HMS Queen Elizabeth with another destroyer.
This marks the start of Phase 2 of the CSG21 deployment that will see ships cross the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean
HMS Queen Elizabeth.
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