Saxon Warrior 2017 Kicked Off
U.S. & U.K. co-hosted, joint multinational maritime exercise to demonstrate Allied combat capability and interoperability.
170721-N-AJ467-184 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 22, 2017) Officers from the U.K. Carrier Strike Group Staff tour the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The officers are embarked in preparation for Exercise Saxon Warrior, a keystone exercise as the U.K. prepares for the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The GHWB and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darien Weigel/Released)
4 photos: Saxon Warrior 2017 Kicked Off
Photo 1 of 4: 170721-N-AJ467-184 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 22, 2017) Officers from the U.K. Carrier Strike Group Staff tour the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The officers are embarked in preparation for Exercise Saxon Warrior, a keystone exercise as the U.K. prepares for the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The GHWB and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darien Weigel/Released) Download full-resolution version
170721-N-AJ467-382 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 22, 2017) Carrier Strike Group 2 Chief of Staff Capt. Erik Nilsson discusses flight operations with U.K. Carrier Strike Group Chief of Staff Capt. Ken Houlberg aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Officers from the UKCSG are embarked in preparation for Exercise Saxon Warrior, a keystone exercise as the U.K. prepares for the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The GHWB and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darien Weigel/Released)
4 photos: Saxon Warrior 2017 Kicked Off
Photo 2 of 4: 170721-N-AJ467-382 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 22, 2017) Carrier Strike Group 2 Chief of Staff Capt. Erik Nilsson discusses flight operations with U.K. Carrier Strike Group Chief of Staff Capt. Ken Houlberg aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Officers from the UKCSG are embarked in preparation for Exercise Saxon Warrior, a keystone exercise as the U.K. prepares for the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The GHWB and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darien Weigel/Released) Download full-resolution version
170719-N-NG136-026 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 19, 2017) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Nigel Chapman directs aircraft during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The ship and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary Wickline/Released)
4 photos: Saxon Warrior 2017 Kicked Off
Photo 3 of 4: 170719-N-NG136-026 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 19, 2017) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Nigel Chapman directs aircraft during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The ship and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary Wickline/Released) Download full-resolution version
170721-N-AJ467-240 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 22, 2017) Lt. Cmdr. Winston Cotterell, aircraft handling officer aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), explains flight deck operations to Royal Navy (RN) Lt. Cdr. James Capps and RN Lt. Marian Taylor, both from the U.K. Carrier Strike Group, in Flight Deck Control. The officers from the UKCSG are embarked in preparation for Exercise Saxon Warrior, a keystone exercise as the U.K. prepares for the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The GHWB and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darien Weigel/Released)
4 photos: Saxon Warrior 2017 Kicked Off
Photo 4 of 4: 170721-N-AJ467-240 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 22, 2017) Lt. Cmdr. Winston Cotterell, aircraft handling officer aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), explains flight deck operations to Royal Navy (RN) Lt. Cdr. James Capps and RN Lt. Marian Taylor, both from the U.K. Carrier Strike Group, in Flight Deck Control. The officers from the UKCSG are embarked in preparation for Exercise Saxon Warrior, a keystone exercise as the U.K. prepares for the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The GHWB and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darien Weigel/Released) Download full-resolution version
170721-N-AJ467-184 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 22, 2017) Officers from the U.K. Carrier Strike Group Staff tour the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The officers are embarked in preparation for Exercise Saxon Warrior, a keystone exercise as the U.K. prepares for the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The GHWB and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darien Weigel/Released)
170721-N-AJ467-382 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 22, 2017) Carrier Strike Group 2 Chief of Staff Capt. Erik Nilsson discusses flight operations with U.K. Carrier Strike Group Chief of Staff Capt. Ken Houlberg aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Officers from the UKCSG are embarked in preparation for Exercise Saxon Warrior, a keystone exercise as the U.K. prepares for the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The GHWB and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darien Weigel/Released)
170719-N-NG136-026 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 19, 2017) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Nigel Chapman directs aircraft during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The ship and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary Wickline/Released)
170721-N-AJ467-240 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 22, 2017) Lt. Cmdr. Winston Cotterell, aircraft handling officer aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), explains flight deck operations to Royal Navy (RN) Lt. Cdr. James Capps and RN Lt. Marian Taylor, both from the U.K. Carrier Strike Group, in Flight Deck Control. The officers from the UKCSG are embarked in preparation for Exercise Saxon Warrior, a keystone exercise as the U.K. prepares for the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The GHWB and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darien Weigel/Released)

Saxon Warrior 17, which takes place Aug 1-10, is a United States and United Kingdom co-hosted, joint and multinational maritime exercise that demonstrates allied combat capability and interoperability. U.S. forces from the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG), will train side-by-side with forces from the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group (UKCSG) to build combined maritime and aviation capability and capacity.  The exercise is designed to apply advanced warfighting capabilities in a challenging environment.  SW17 seeks to reassure NATO allies and partners of our commitment to collective security and stability in the region.

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