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HMS Queen Elizabeth to enter new home soon
DB News: 07/08/2017 - 09:26
Britain’s flagship carrier could arrive at her new home in Portsmouth very soon.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that Britain’s 65,000-tonne carrier, the biggest warship ever to be built in Britain, is set to make her historic arrival into Portsmouth.
HMS Queen Elizabeth has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Scotland’s Rosyth dockyard in June.
While weather conditions mean the exact date of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival in Portsmouth is yet to be confirmed, the window for entry will open on 17 August, with her arrival expected to be no later than 22 August.
With only three other countries in the world building aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth will give Britain the capability to lead the way in tackling global issues, from providing humanitarian relief to high-end warfighting.
The Aircraft Carrier Alliance is delivering HMS Queen Elizabeth, as well as the state-of-the-art F-35B Lightning fighter jets who will make their first trial flights from the carrier’s deck next year.
Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary, said: “In just two weeks’ time, the most powerful warship ever built for Britain’s famous Royal Navy is set to sail into her proud new home in Portsmouth.
“HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the Royal Navy’s flagship for the next 50 years, keeping us safe by deploying across the seven seas, using her strike power to deter our enemies.”