HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, set sail from Rosyth shipyard in the United Kingdom to commence first stage sea trials off the north-east of Scotland on 26 June.

Following this initial period, the ship will return to Rosyth for further testing and maintenance before heading back to sea for a second stage which aims to test her mission systems. She will transit to her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base to be handed over to the Royal Navy later this year.

HMS Queen Elizabeth’s sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales is structurally complete and is currently in the outfitting phase of her programme.

Both are being built by Aircraft Carrier Alliance, which is comprised of BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence.

(HMS Queen Elizabeth, Aircraft Carrier Alliance).

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