Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C.
Miller and UK Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace have co-signed the Joint Declaration for the Carrier Strike Group 2021 deployment.
The Joint Declaration enables the deployment of U.S.
Marine Corps and U.S.
Navy personnel and equipment, including a detachment of U.S.
Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft and the Navy’s USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG-68), as part of a UK-U.S.
combined carrier strike group, led by the UK’s aircraft carrier, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.
This deployment underscores the strength of our bilateral ties and demonstrates U.S.-UK interoperability, both of which are key tenets of the U.S.
National Defense Strategy.
The leaders look forward to seeing the culmination of nearly a decade of U.S.-UK carrier cooperation when Carrier Strike Group 2021 sets sail from Portsmouth, UK later this year.