HMS Queen Elizabeth: £3 billion warship bids farewell to Scotland

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HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship, leaves Glen Mallan, after days of store ship and final preparations before her first operational deployment.

Sailing in along the Firth of Clyde, the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier has spent the few weeks at sea testing and trialling her latest equipment, before berthing at the new Northern Ammunition Jetty for a routine unload of operational stores.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the first of the Royal Navy’s fleet to visit the new £64 million facility, built by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).

Operated by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) through Defence Munitions, the Northern Ammunition Jetty is specifically designed to support the surface fleet, allowing them to continue entering and berthing at Glen Mallan.

The ship will head to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and East Asia later this year, as part of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group.

The carrier is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft and is primarily used to launch F35 strike aircraft.

Pictured here are the Seaman Specialist on the foscle during specials as the ship leaves Glenmallan.

Credit: LPhot Pepe Hogan 
UK Ministry of Defence 2021  – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021  

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