Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy. Capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft, this awe-inspiring warship will enter the naval service in 2020.

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As well as state-of-the-art weaponry and communications systems, HMS Queen Elizabeth boasts a cinema, a games room, and five gyms. There’s also a chapel and medical centre with three GPs and a dentist.

The flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth comes in at an enormous four acres, and will be used to launch the fearsome new F-35 Lightning fast jet. Two fighter jets can be moved from the hangar to the flight deck in the space of just one minute.

The ship’s two propellers weigh 33 tonnes each. Together, they generate enough power to run 1000 family cars.

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Current operation Westlant 18

Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is deployed to the east coast of the United States for her maiden F-35 Lightning flying trials. Joined by her task group, including HMS Monmouth, it marks the first time F-35 stealth jets have flown from the carrier's flight deck. As well as the vital deck trials, the deployment also involves exercises to prove the ship's ability to operate with other nations’ ships and aircraft.

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    Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is deployed to the east coast of the United States for her maiden F-35 Lightning flying trials. Joined by her task group, including HMS Monmouth, it marks the first time F-35 stealth jets have flown from the carrier's flight deck. As well as the vital deck trials, the deployment also involves exercises to prove the ship's ability to operate with other nations’ ships and aircraft.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

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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.

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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.

Fact

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

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