British Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth set to enter new homeport in two weeks
The British Royal Navy's first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is set to enter its new homeport in Portsmouth in approximately two weeks.
The aircraft carrier's timely arrival is dependent on weather conditions, and is currently expected to be completed no later than 22 August.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “In just two weeks' time, the most powerful warship ever built for Britain's famous Royal Navy is set to sail into her proud new home in Portsmouth.
“HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the Royal Navy's flagship for the next 50 years, keeping us safe by deploying across the seven seas, using her strike power to deter our enemies.”
The 65,000t HMS Queen Elizabeth and its sister carrier HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by UK-based Aircraft Carrier Alliance.
HMS Queen Elizabeth will allow the navy to handle global issues more efficiently, in addition to providing humanitarian relief during high-end warfighting operations.
The carrier will be used to carry the Royal Navy’s advanced F-35B Lightning fighter jets, which are ready to begin their first trial flights from the vessel's deck next year.
HMS Queen Elizabeth previously sailed from Rosyth dockyard into the Forth estuary in June, in order to undergo a six-week period of maiden sea trials in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.
The naval vessel had been under construction in Rosyth, Scotland, since 2014.
Image: Britain’s flagship carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. Photo: courtesy of British Royal Navy.