HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives in Portsmouth

The Royal Navy’s newest and largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, made her long-awaited arrival into Portsmouth Harbour today (16th August 2017). Thousands of spectators lined the Portsmouth and Southsea seafront for a glimpse of the 65,000-tonne carrier, sailing home to Portsmouth after spending the last few weeks completing sea trials …

HMS Queen Elizabeth meets with US Carrier Group off Scottish coast

Ahead of her first entry to Portsmouth, HMS Queen Elizabeth has met up with the USS George HW Bush and her carrier strike group off the coast of Scotland. The Nimitz-class US carrier has more than 60 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines on board, who have been working with …

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HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for sea trials

History was made today as HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first QE Class aircraft carrier, set sail from Rosyth to commence first stage sea trials off the north-east of Scotland. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “This is a historic moment for the UK as our new aircraft carrier takes …

HMS Queen Elizabeth’s crew take up residence ahead of Portsmouth arrival

The Ship’s Company of HMS Queen Elizabeth has now taken up residence on board the nation’s future flagship. Over the last couple of months, the 700-strong crew has been getting to know the ship, navigating their way around the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier, familiarising themselves with the new and high …

Newly named jetty will accommodate 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth

Plans to rename the jetty which will be home to the first of the Navy’s two new aircraft carriers have received the royal seal of approval. Buckingham Palace has agreed Princess Royal Jetty as the new name for the berth at Portsmouth Naval Base which will accommodate the 65,000-tonne HMS …

Portsmouth Naval Base jetty upgrade underway to prepare for HMS Queen Elizabeth

Work to rebuild a jetty at Portsmouth Naval Base is underway, preparing for the arrival of the Royal Navy’s new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded water and marine infrastructure engineering firm VolkerStevin a contract to reconstruct Middle Slip Jetty so it can accommodate HMS Queen …

US Navy chiefs visit HMS Queen Elizabeth

The soon to be Portsmouth-based super carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has had a high profile visit from top ranking US Forces personnel. Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, the first woman to command a US Navy battle group, led a team in a visit to the aircraft carrier which is …

Portsmouth says farewell to HMS Illustrious during decommissioning ceremony

  Portsmouth’s maritime legacy is at the forefront of the city’s mind today as, after 32 years of service, HMS Illustrious is taken out of service. The R06 aircraft carrier, which calls Portsmouth its homeport, lowered its White Ensign one last time during a decommissioning ceremony at Portsmouth’s Naval Base …

Portsmouth shipbuilding legacy honoured at HMS Queen Elizabeth naming ceremony

  Photo and graphic credits: BAE Systems, Royal Navy, and BBC News. Portsmouth’s shipbuilding legacy is being honoured this morning as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II smashes a bottle against the Royal Navy’s largest ever aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), officially titling the vessel in her mother’s namesake. The main …