HMS Queen Elizabeth sails as Fleet Flagship for the first time

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Pictured is HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth. Photo: LPhot Rory Arnold

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.

Pictured is HMS Queen Elizabeth emerging from behind the Round Tower in Portsmouth, 1st March 2021.
Pictured (as she leaves Portsmouth) are the bridge crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth including the Commanding Officer, Captain Essenhigh.
Pictured is HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth as members of the public wave her off.
HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from Portsmouth for a routine period of trials and training at sea.
Byline:LPhot Rory Arnold  
Credit:UK Ministry of Defence 2021  
Source:Royal Navy  
Copyright:UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021  

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