The Firth of Clyde was witness to the striking sight of the Nation’s flagship earlier today (March 14) as Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth visited for the second time since her launch in July 2014.
The giant, 65,000 tonne carrier was last seen on the Clyde in March last year when she sailed to Loch Long to be loaded with ammunition ahead of her successful deployment with the Carrier Strike Group.
She returned to the serene waters of the loch today, berthing once again at Glen Mallan ammunitioning jetty which completed a £67 million upgrade to accommodate the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Carriers last year.
Captain Ian Feasey RN, Captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth, said:
“It is fantastic for the Fleet Flagship to be back in this spectacular region to make use of this upgraded facility supporting our role as the United Kingdom’s Strike Carrier.
“The ship’s drumbeat of visits here over the coming years will punctuate the strong affiliation that we have with Scotland.”
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy. This awe-inspiring warship is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft.
As well as state-of-the-art weaponry and communications systems, HMS Queen Elizabeth boasts five gyms, a chapel and a medical centre.
The flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth comes in at an enormous four acres, and will be used to launch the fearsome new F35 Joint Strike Fighter fast jet. Four fighter jets can be moved from the hangar to the flight deck in just one minute.
The ship’s two propellers weigh 33 tonnes each. The powerplant behind them generates enough power to run 1000 family cars.