HMS Queen Elizabeth joins the Royal Navy
- December 8, 2017
Her Majesty The Queen has commissioned the UK’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into the Royal Navy.
On the hangar deck of the 65,000-tonne ship, her Lady Sponsor, Queen Elizabeth II, formally oversaw the ceremony.
The carrier recently completed the second stage of her sea trials in the English Channel and the Ministry of Defence says she will carry out the first of a series of helicopter trials early next year before setting sail for the United States in the third quarter of 2018 for further sea trials.About 150 Royal Navy and RAF personnel are training aboard US Marine Corps assault carriers both to prepare for the delivery of the first 13 F-35B fighters to the Queen Elizabeth and to allow the British and US fighting forces to learn to work as a team capable of operating from one another’s ships.