USS George H.W. Bush arrives in UK ahead of Saxon Warrior 17

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and ships from its carrier strike group arrived in Portsmouth, UK, today ahead of a major two-week drill.

Accompanied by the USS Philippine Sea, USS Donald Cook and Norwegian ship HNoMS Helge Insgstad, the aircraft carrier is on the final leg of its deployment in support of operation Inherent Resolve, the fight against ISIS.

The Nimitz-class carrier has UK personnel on board as part of the UK-US Long Lead Specialist Skills Programme which qualifies them in US carrier operations in preparation for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth and the UK’s own carrier strike capability.

Also embarked is Commander UK Carrier Strike Group Commodore Andrew Betton and his team for Exercise Saxon Warrior 17 – a joint maritime exercise that will focus how the two nations work together during a number of challenging scenarios around the UK coastline.

“Exercise Saxon Warrior is a large, multinational joint exercise which involves fifteen warships from five different nations, submarines, over 100 aircraft and about 9,000 personnel,” said Cdre Betton.

“The UK contribution will be two Type 23 frigates supporting the US aircraft carrier, a Royal Navy submarine, the Carrier Strike Group UK battle staff, fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft operating from ashore, and then the central training staff who will based in Faslane in Scotland.”

The exercise, which begins once the group leaves Portsmouth, will also be key to ensuring UK personnel are fully equipped ahead of the arrival of the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth escorted by HMS Sutherland and HMS Iron Duke Type 23 Frigates on her maiden voyage.

Over the next fortnight U.S. Naval personnel will train side-by-side with UK pilots, engineers and deck handlers to build combined maritime and aviation capability and capacity.

The Type 23 frigates taking part in Ex Saxon Warrior will be Portsmouth-based HMS Iron Duke and HMS Westminster who will be joined by Royal Fleet Auxiliary fast fleet tanker Wave Ruler.


4 thoughts on “USS George H.W. Bush arrives in UK ahead of Saxon Warrior 17”

    1. U.S. Naval forces assigned to the U.S. 6th Fleet are participating in Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 (SW17) in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. SW17, which takes place July 31-Aug. 10, is a United States – United Kingdom co-hosted, joint and multinational maritime exercise that demonstrates allied combat capability and interoperability. U.S. forces from the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG), will train side-by-side with forces from the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group (UKCSG) to build combined maritime and aviation capability and capacity. The exercise is designed to apply advanced war fighting capabilities in a challenging environment. SW17 seeks to reassure NATO allies and partners of our commitment to collective security and stability in the region.
      So far, no specific details are available on participating nations.The British Government website has issued this statement:

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