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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 187167, tabled on 26 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the majority of F-35s deployed on Queen Elizabeth's voyage to the Indo-Pacific will be US Marine Corps aircraft.

Answered on

29 April 2021

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH will embark 18 F-35Bs for CSG21 in two squadrons: eight from the UK's 617 Squadron RAF and 10 from the US Marine Corps squadron VMFA-211. The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers are international by design and the fact they can operate a mixed US/UK air group is a strategic advantage, offering choice and flexibility to both nations.

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