Queen Elizabeth commissions aircraft carrier with her name

HMS Queen Elizabeth returns to Portsmouth after sea trials

Accompanied by the Princess Royal, the Queen arrived on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at Portsmouth Naval Base using a specially installed lift to bring her up to the hangar for the occasion.

The Queen said the ceremony was taking place close to where the Royal Navy's famous warship, Admiral Nelson's HMS Victory stands, describing it as a flagship of Britain's seafaring past.

A NEW £3.1 billion aircraft carrier has been hailed as the "best of British" as it was officially given a royal seal of approval by Her Majesty.

Speaking on the impact of Brexit, he added: 'We have been spending quite a bit of time in defence working out what that means to us and of course immediately it hasn't changed anything.

"For the next half a century both carriers will advance our interests around the globe, providing the most visible symbol of intent and commitment to protect the United Kingdom from intensifying threats, wherever they may come".

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It is still undergoing sea trials and will not be fully operational for several years. There are now 150 Royal Navy and RAF personnel training in the U.S. on 13 F-35 jets. "They are starting their careers as a new chapter opens for the Royal Navy - and like all those who have gone before them, they are ready to serve their Queen and Country".

'I think the key thing about the Queen Elizabeth class is the range of aircraft it can carry, fixed and rotary wing and they can be configured for humanitarian disaster relief operations, non-combatant evacuations and if needs be to deploy sovereign air power at the government's choosing'.

The second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, was named in Rosyth and is now structurally complete.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also attended to witness the 65,000 tonne vessel being welcomed into the fleet. The views and opinions expressed by individuals in the comments section above do not represent those of Island Echo, it's employees or advertisers.

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