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HMS Illustrious sent a birthday message to her Majesty the Queen, on her 80th Birthday
The Ship's Company and Carrier Air Group of HMS Illustrious took time out of their busy schedules to wish Her Majesty The Queen a very Happy 80th Birthday. The Fleet Flagship and her Task Group were transiting the Red Sea on their way to the Indian Ocean for a 4-month deployment. The birthday message, which was spelt out on the 200m flight deck, required some 500 Sailors and Airmen, representing over half of the total Ship's Company. HMS Illustrious has a strong Royal connection having been launched by the late Princess Margaret and Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh most recently visited her for an official reception during a State visit to Malta last November.
HMS Illustrious was leading a Task Group which included the Type 42 destroyer HMS Gloucester and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel RFA Fort Victoria, one of the Royal Navys most capable replenishment ships. France also allocated one of her most up-to-date frigates, the FS Surcouf, to the deployment, as part of the ongoing co-operation between British and French military forces.
The long-planned deployment was in support the international coalition in the region and contributed towards regional maritime stability. Additionally it demonstrated Britains ability to deploy, operate and sustain a maritime strike force, reinforcing the Governments commitment to the stability and security of the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean through engagement with countries in the regions