Portsmouth welcomes HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy, has sailed into her home port of Portsmouth for the first time.

Greeted with a flypast from the Fleet Air Arm, including Wildcat and Merlin helicopters and Hawk jets, the 65,000-tonne carrier will berth at the newly-named and upgraded Princess Royal Jetty at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth.

As part of a £100 million raft of infrastructure upgrades, the berth has been upgraded and strengthened to support the carriers ahead of the arrival of the ship.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “We welcome our mighty new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth to her home for the very first time. She is Britain’s statement to the world: a demonstration of British military power and our commitment to a bigger global role.

“The thousands of people across the UK who have played a part in building her and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, should be immensely proud as our future flagship enters Portsmouth. She has made good progress in sea trials and will now embark on the next phase of preparations that will see the return of Britain‘s carrier strike ability.

“When she enters service she will help keep Britain safe at a time of increased threats, able to fill multiple roles from providing air power anywhere at any time to fight future campaigns, supporting allies or delivering humanitarian aid.”

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