Cabras Marine Corporation (CMC) had the pleasure of docking the United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group (CSG), led by aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), into Apra Harbor in the midst of the CSG21 deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, Aug. 6. CMC’s pilot Captain Edgar and tugs M/T Endurance, M/T Quipuha, M/T Agility, and M/T Talofofo assisted pulling in the the Strike Group.
The deployment is the U.K.’s first by a carrier strike group in the Indo-Pacific for almost 25 years and marks a historic achievement in the bilateral partnership between the U.S. and U.K. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) is deployed with the strike group, as are F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 and Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805).
Guam’s low COVID transmission rates and high vaccination status provides a safe haven port for Sailors to enjoy some downtime before going back to sea. During the group’s visit, Sailors will adhere to U.S. Naval Base Guam policies and local regulations. While the group has vaccinated 100 percent of its crew, random testing identified positive cases onboard, which were immediately isolated. Any Sailors who test positive for COVID-19 will remain on the ship in isolation. Naval Base Guam and the island of Guam looks forward to welcoming our NATO partners ashore.