Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will be the biggest and most powerful warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy. The Queen Elizabeth will be the first of class.

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The Queen Elizabeth Class will be utilised by all three sectors of the UK Armed Forces and will provide eight acres of sovereign territory which can be deployed around the world. Both ships will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

You can find more information about the Queen Elizabeth at the Aircraft Carrier Alliance webpage (www.aircraftcarrieralliance.co.uk) – which has links to more up to date imagery, videos and data on the Carrier Programme. 

Veterans from the previous HMS Queen Elizabeth visit Portsmouth

HMS Queen Elizabeth sailors bring Christmas cheer to veterans


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Securing Britain's Future

An island nation needs a powerful navy. A simple fact, often forgotten. Go behind the scenes of the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and discover its true scale and ambition.

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Commanding Officer Simon Petitt

Rank: Captain

Captain Simon Petitt joined BRNC in Sep 1985 as an Engineer Officer tending the Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon, Plymouth. Even with past experience bringing an aircraft carrier out of refit (in Rosyth), it was still a huge surprise to have been chosen to be the Senior Naval Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth; a role he took up in 2012.

Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

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She will be the Royal Navy's largest ever surface warship with a full displacement of 65,000 tonnes

Prince of Wales

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History of HMS Queen Elizabeth

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