UK’s new £3bn warship HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

UK’s new £3bn warship HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

Britain’s biggest-ever warship has arrived at its base in Portsmouth for the first time. Hundreds of people lined Portsmouth Harbour to welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier which cost more than £3bn to build. The 280m (918ft) vessel set sail in June from the Rosyth dockyard where it was built, and since then has been undergoing tests at sea. Technically, it remains a civilian rather than a military ship until it is commissioned later…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Navy’s new flagship a true feat of engineering

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Navy’s new flagship a true feat of engineering

My first introduction to the awe-inspiring power of the Royal Navy’s carrier force came aged just 10 years old, on a visit to see HMS Ark Royal R09 in Edinburgh. It was the very last of Britain’s more traditional carriers, those that use catapults to launch fixed-wing aircraft and arrester wires to catch them on landing – the model still adopted today by the US and France. For a young lad, spending the day on…

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