Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the first of a new class of aircraft carriers that will be the biggest and most powerful warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy.

Add to favourites

Currently undergoing sea trials since sailing from Rosyth Dockyard in June, HMS Queen Elizabeth entered her new home in Portsmouth for the first time in August.

You can find even 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. 

The service was attended by sailors, airmen, Royal Marines and Bandsmen

Deal bombing victims remembered at ceremony on board HMS Queen Elizabeth


HMS Queen Elizabeth Latest News

The ship is permanently staffed by a Role 1 team to ensure that all on board receive first aid, GP and dental services wherever the ship deploys across the globe

Royal Navy surgical team cleared to operate on HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth sails into Norfolk, Virginia

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Norfolk, USA

See all news for HMS Queen Elizabeth

Current operation Operational Sea Training

The ship/boat and her crew are being put through their paces in preparation for front line operations.

Location UK

prev next

Unit History

HMS Queen Elizabeth1915

Only one previous ship bore the name HMS Queen Elizabeth. She fought in the Dardanelles and supported the Galipoli campaign.

HMS Queen Elizabeth1918

It was on board the 1st HMS Queen Elizabeth that the German fleet handed in their surrender.

HMS Queen Elizabeth2008

Fast forward to the 21st century, when the new HMS Queen Elizabeth is commissioned by Defence Secretary, Des Browne.

HMS Queen Elizabeth2014

The new carrier is launched at Rosyth by Her Majesty The Queen, ushering in a new era for the Royal Navy and British naval warfare.

Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers Future

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

Read about the new carrier

Commanding Officer Jerry Kyd

Rank: Captain

Commodore Kyd joined the Royal Navy in 1985. He became the first Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth on the 24th May 2016.

Although Captain Kyd remains a substantive Commodore, he will follow historical custom and routinely wear the rank of Captain Royal Navy in his role as Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth.


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

HMNB Portsmouth

Learn more

Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

Join us

units involved

HMS Prince of Wales

Learn more

820 Naval Air Squadron

Learn more

809 Naval Air Squadron

Learn more

History of HMS Queen Elizabeth

History of the name


HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth