Royal Navy group rocked by Covid surge ‘after sailors went raving in Cyprus’

Royal Navy sailors have been struck down with Covid after 'raving in Cyprus'.

Around 100 crew members part of the powerful UK naval flotilla that includes the fearsome HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier have tested positive with Covid-19.

It is understood that crews from almost half the warships have been affected after they went raving during a stop-off in Limassol, Cyprus.

The crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which spearheads the UK Carrier Strike Group, have tested positive despite them being double-jabbed, reports The Sun.

In total there are 3,700 crew part of the UK Carrier Strike Group, including personnel from 42 Commando, Royal Marines.

Ships that are part of the flotilla will effectively be quarantined by having to stay at sea for the next three weeks and possibly missing scheduled stop-offs.

The carrier strike group is led by Commodore Steve Moorhouse which also includes Type 45 destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, plus Type 23 frigates HMS Kent and HMS Richmond.

Crew members have been ordered to take daily Covid tests and staggered meal times are in place.

A Royal Navy spokesperson said: “As part of routine testing, a small number of crew from the Carrier Strike Group have tested positive for Covid-19.

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“All personnel deployed have received both doses of the Covid vaccine and there are a number of mitigation measures on board including masks, social distancing and a track and trace system.

“The Carrier Strike Group will continue to deliver their operational tasks and there are no effects on the deployment.”

In recent days Britain's flagship joined forces with two US Navy task groups for training in the Middle East after Cyprus, linking up with the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group and USS Iwo Jima amphibious ready group in the Gulf of Aden.

The two-day exercise saw the three navy task groups, comprising US, UK and Dutch ships, test their abilities in anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare tactics and techniques.

Commodore Steve Moorhouse, said: “The aircraft carrier is the ultimate expression of global maritime power.

"HMS Queen Elizabeth, USS Ronald Reagan and USS Iwo Jima symbolise the might of the US and UK partnership, and the ease with which our naval and air forces can combine here in the Gulf of Aden, or anywhere else in the world.

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