US Navy top brass shows carrier commitment

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ONE of the highest-ranking women in the US armed forces has met her Royal Navy counterparts to plan future joint carrier operations.

During a visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth, which will be based in Portsmouth alongside her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales, Vice-Admiral Nora Tyson and her team of US personnel discussed how the UK and US carriers would work together on combined carrier 
tasks.

Vice-Adml Tyson is the first woman to command a US Navy battle group.

The US and the UK signed a Statement of Intent in 2012, which set out their commitment to combined carrier strike once HMS Queen Elizabeth becomes operational.

Vice-Adml Tyson and her team are assessing how that commitment might be exploited including opportunities to benefit jointly from the F35B Joint Strike Fighter capability, which is shared by the Royal Navy and the US Marine Corps.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to start sea trials next year while HMS Prince of Wales is being assembled at Rosyth shipyard.

Together the carriers represent the return of the nation’s carrier strike capability and they are the largest warships ever built for the Royal 
Navy.

Vice-Adml Tyson previously visited Portsmouth in 2011 on board the USS George H W Bush in her role as the commander of the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 
Two.