The Queen Elizabeth Class of Carriers will be in service for up to fifty years, providing the Royal Navy with highly versatile and potent capability that will enable the UK to project its power and carry out a wide range of tasks around the world.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

“The addition of the navigation bridge is a significant milestone for HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is now entering the final months of her construction.

"The workforce at Rosyth should be proud of their involvement in developing the largest and most technologically advanced warships the UK has ever had.

“The Queen Elizabeth Class of Carriers will be in service for up to fifty years, providing the Royal Navy with highly versatile and potent capability that will enable the UK to project its power and carry out a wide range of tasks around the world.

"Our operational Lightning II Jets are due to arrive in 2016, a year before the HMS Queen Elizabeth sea trials, and the first flights off her deck will start in 2018.”

When construction work on HMS Queen Elizabeth is completed, the blocks of HMS Prince of Wales, which are being built at shipyards across the UK, will begin to be assembled at the dockyard at Rosyth.