HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed as the Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship for the first time this week leaving Portsmouth for a routine period of trials and training at sea.
After a maintenance period, the ship and her crew will be conducting training ahead of the Carrier Strike Group 21 Deployment.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the Fleet Flagship and 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. 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.