Flagship UK aircraft carrier heads home

Tomorrow, the largest aircraft carrier ever constructed in the UK will arrive in her home port of Portsmouth, Hampshire. The 65,000 tonne, 900 foot long warship has been undergoing sea trials after leaving the dockyard in Rosyth, Fife in June.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive in Portsmouth at approximately 07:10 on Wednesday 16 August. Over recent years her home port has undergone a huge transformation so it can safely and effectively accommodate the supersize ship, including the removal of 3.2 million cubic metres of sediment from Portsmouth Harbour.

Chris Thornton, Head of Maritime comments:

“Construction of the carrier commenced in 2009 with various sections of the ship built in multiple yards around the UK before being brought together in Rosyth for final assembly. Having witnessed some of the sections under construction it really is a mighty feat of engineering. The success of the project would not have been possible without the thousands of engineers and skilled technicians who worked on it from its conception, design, production and commissioning. They can all be proud of the part they had to play in creating this huge, historic ship.”

Read more about the role of HMS Queen Elizabeth and what it takes to build the largest British warship ever built on the Royal Navy website.

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