The Royal Navy’s Flag­ship goes to Sea

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This is a his­toric mo­ment for the UK as our new air­craft car­rier takes to sea for the very first time. This float­ing fortress is by far the most pow­er­ful ship ever built in Bri­tain (and) that will en­able us to tackle mul­ti­ple and chang­ing threats across the globe,” said UK De­fence Sec­re­tary Sir Michael Fal­lon as HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth left the Scot­land coast for the first time. “HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth is an en­dur­ing ex­am­ple of Bri­tish imag­i­na­tion, in­ge­nu­ity, in­ven­tion that will help keep us safe for decades to come. She is built by the best, crewed by the best and will de­liver for Bri­tain. “For the next fifty years she will de­ploy around the world, demon­strat­ing Bri­tish power and our com­mit­ment to con­fronting the emerg­ing chal­lenges from a dan­ger­ous world. The whole coun­try can be proud of this na­tional achieve­ment. ”

Three years af­ter she was of­fi­cially named by Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Navy’s fu­ture flag­ship spent an ini­tial pe­riod of around six weeks at sea to test the fun­da­men­tals of the ship. The sea tri­als mon­i­tored speed, ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, power and propul­sion as well as un­der­tak­ing weapons tri­als and ad­di­tional tests on her lev­els of readi­ness.

Fol­low­ing the tri­als, HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth tran­sited to her home port of Portsmouth to be handed over to the Royal Navy later in the year.

Ad­mi­ral Sir Philip Jones First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff said: “This is a hugely sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment for the Royal Navy, for all our Armed Forces and for our is­land na­tion. Once in ser­vice HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth will be the largest air­craft car­rier in the world out­side the United States, and the first de­signed from the out­set to op­er­ate a fifth gen­er­a­tion air­craft.”

“Al­ready this ship rep­re­sents the best of the UK’s in­dus­trial and en­gi­neer­ing ex­per­tise, and once in ser­vice she will sym­bol­ise our mil­i­tary power and au­thor­ity in the world for decades to come. There is still much work to do be­tween now and then, but be in no doubt: a new era of Bri­tish mar­itime power is about to be­gin.”

HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth is the largest and most pow­er­ful war­ship ever con­structed for the Royal Navy. The ship will op­er­ate with a crew of ap­prox­i­mately 700, in­creas­ing to the full com­ple­ment of 1,600 when air­craft are in op­er­a­tion. The Ship’s Com­pany moved on board ear­lier and work­ing along­side in­dus­try col­leagues, they have been fa­mil­iaris­ing them­selves with the new ship and the high tech sys­tems on board as well as un­der­go­ing train­ing.

“The QE- Class pro­gramme demon­strates our pride and com­mit­ment to de­liver these highly ca­pa­ble air­craft car­ri­ers to the Royal Navy,” said Jon Pear­son, Ship De­liv­ery Di­rec­tor, HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth. “The de­par­ture of HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth marks an ex­cit­ing stage in the pro­gramme and is the first real op­por­tu­nity to put the car­rier’s out­stand­ing ca­pa­bil­ity to the test, demon­strat­ing the best of Bri­tish en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing.”

HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth’s sis­ter ship, HMS Prince of Wales is struc­turally com­plete and cur­rently in the out­fit­ting phase of her pro­gramme. The Class will be the cen­tre­piece of Bri­tain’s fu­ture mar­itime ca­pa­bil­ity. Each air­craft car­rier, em­bark­ing the F-35B Light­ning air­craft, will form an in­te­gral part of the UK’s car­rier strike ca­pa­bil­ity. “The ves­sels will trans­form the UK’s abil­ity to project power around the world, whether in­de­pen­dently or work­ing closely with our al­lies, on op­er­a­tions rang­ing from high in­ten­sity warfight­ing to pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid and dis­as­ter re­lief.”

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