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HMS Dasher remembered
The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has visited western Scotland for the first time and last week was seen undergoing sea trials around the waters of Arran.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy and is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft.
Before leaving the Firth of Clyde on Sunday, the aircraft carrier paused to pay its respect to the 379 seamen who died on board the HMS Dasher on March 27 1943.
As the ship stopped over the wreck, the entire crew fell silent and remembered.
The fleet flagship arrived at the new Northern Ammunition Jetty at Glen
Mallan, in Loch Long, on Monday as part of final preparations before her first operational deployment.
The £3bn vessel, assembled at Rosyth in Fife, has spent the last two weeks at sea testing and trialling her latest equipment.
She is the first of the Royal
Navy’s fleet to visit the new £64m jetty, built at Glen Mallan by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. The carrier is due to sail for Portsmouth at the end of the month and will deploy to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and East Asia later this year.