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Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and the ship’s company are preparing to provide military aid to the civilian authorities in the wake of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The vessel will provide aid alongside the Royal Navy and British Armed Forces.

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The Queen of England said in an official statement: “At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.

“I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.”

The Queen hosted the captains of HMS Queen Elizabeth in her final official duty prior to retiring to Windsor Castle.

The event also included discussions regarding the activities of the future flagship and 700 service men and women.

HMS Queen Elizabeth previous commanding officer Commodore Steve Moorhouse and the current commanding officer Captain Angus Essenhigh were part of the meeting.

Captain Essenhigh said: “We on-board stand by, as always, to protect and assist the people of our great nation. United we will conquer.”

Commodore Moorhouse highlighted the achievements of the warship last autumn during training with navy and RAF pilots.

Captain Essenhigh detailed the current work aboard the carrier, including recent trials involving stealth jets for the first time in British waters.