in Defence

HM The Queen to commission namesake aircraft carrier

Posted 16 November 2017 · Add Comment

Her Majesty the Queen will formally commission her namesake aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy fleet in just three weeks' time.

Above: HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently on sea trials off the south coast of England.
Courtesy MoD / Crown Copyright

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the news as he made his first landing onto the deck of the carrier today, while she was at sea sailing around the South Coast of England.



Above:
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson meets Royal Navy Captain Jerry Kyd on board HMS Queen Elizabeth.
MoD / Crown Copyright


Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "In a world of intensifying global threats, this magnificent ship will be a leading force fighting to protect the values of the UK and our allies. It’s an honour to visit her at sea, and to meet such a passionate crew. I’m sure Her Majesty will be similarly impressed at next month’s historic ceremony for the nation’s new flagship, which proudly bears her name."



Above: Her Majesty the Queen attending the Naming Ceremony for the new aircraft carrier in 2014.
Courtesy MoD / Crown Copyright


The carrier is currently making great progress through her sea trials and will return to her home port in Portsmouth in a few weeks’ time. Her Majesty The Queen will then visit the ship in Portsmouth on 7 December for the formal commissioning ceremony.

Her Majesty will be joined by a host of dignitaries from the Royal Family, Government and the military, before saying a few words as Lady Sponsor. The commissioning warrant will then be read and the White Ensign raised, symbolising the acceptance of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Her Majesty’s fleet.

It will be the first time Her Majesty the Queen has visited the UK’s new flagship since she formally named her in Rosyth, Scotland in July 2014. Since then the ship has been completed, sailed into her home dock of Portsmouth for the first time and is now continuing her sea trials. Her identical sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, has also been formally named and is now structurally complete.

The Defence Secretary took a Merlin helicopter from RAF Northolt and landed on the flight-deck this morning, where he met the ship’s company, from the Captain Jerry Kyd to the most junior ranks.

Captain Jerry Kyd said: "I was delighted to be able to welcome the Defence Secretary on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at what is a very exciting time for the ship, for the Royal Navy, and for Defence as we move into the final phase of our sea trials.

"We spoke about the progress made on our trials so far and the exciting future ahead as the UK regenerates its strike carrier capability.

"We’re glad the Defence Secretary took the time to visit us and really get under the skin of this aircraft carrier and see for himself the enormous potential of this ship that will be deployed across the globe for the next half century."

Both of the UK’s aircraft carriers are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between industry and the UK Ministry of Defence.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Jetliner interiors survey launched as an app

Based on Jennifer Coutts Clay's book 'Jetliner Cabins: Evolution & Innovation' originally published in 2003, this first and only comprehensive survey of jetliner cabin interiors has been digitally formatted as an app for

Queen’s University Belfast opens £7.5m advanced manufacturing tech facility

Queen’s University Belfast has opened a new £7.5 million state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing technology facility, supporting its mission to enable more competitive supply chains with increased productivity.

Connected aircraft set to reduce costs and emissions

The connected aircraft, enabled by satellite communications, has the potential to save airlines $15 billion annually in operational efficiencies and 21.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2035, according to first-of-its-kind

Defence Minister visits WFEL

Defence Minister Guto Bebb has seen first-hand how the MoD is boosting regional economies across the country after he visited one of Britain’s military bridge suppliers, WFEL, in Stockport.

Altus take stock with new component counting range

With the importance of increasing traceability of component management and the reduction in labour intensive procedures growing, Altus Group has added new lines to help in this task, including the introduction of Scienscope batch and

ACI releases European airports' air connectivity rankings

At the 27th ACI Joint EUROPE & World Annual Congress taking place in Brussels at the moment, ACI EUROPE released its latest annual Airport Industry Connectivity Report – with insights into the airports providing the best air

Air & Ground SK1704230718
See us at
SMIFAVSBT151118AdvancedEngin BT1406011118DVD18BT3105200918SMI GMSCBT3005081118FIL18 BT111017220718