Incredible Photos Of The HMS Prince Of Wales And Its F-35Bs Under The Aurora Borealis | Aviation

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An F-35B embarked on HMS Prince of Wales under the Aurora Borealis, also known as Northern Lights. (Photo: Crown Copyright)

The HMS Prince of Wales Carrier Strike Group is currently taking part in Exercise Steadfast Defender 2024.

From Feb. 24 to Mar. 4, the HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier took part in the UK-led exercise Joint Warrior 24-1 held in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea, as part of the larger Steadfast Defender 2024 exercise. During this exercise, the ship led for the first time the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group, which also included ships from four NATO countries.

At the end of the exercise, the official social media accounts of the CSG released some incredible photos shot as the ships and its crews were treated to an impressive display of Aurora Borealis, also known as Northern Lights. Aurora (“Aurora Borealis” or “Northern Lights” in the northern hemisphere and “Aurora Australis” or “Southern Lights” in the southern one) is a natural light display caused by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric charged particles with the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere).

Steadfast Defender 24 is NATO’s largest military exercise since the Cold War, involving 90,000 troops from all 31 NATO Allies and Invitee Sweden. The exercise, which stretches from January to May, is split into two overlapping parts, with each including a range of associated exercises hosted by different countries, such as Joint Warrior 24-1.

Part 1 focuses on transatlantic reinforcement, which is the strategic deployment of North American forces across the Atlantic to continental Europe. This…

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